2014 Specialized Camber – All New Carbon Expert EVO
The 110mm 29er platform has proven capable in a wide variety of environments, and while Specialized markets the Camber as a Trail bike, it’s fast enough to be XC raced or taken on an all day adventure. The Camber family moved to 29″ only in the 2013 model year and saw an updated aluminum frame and rear end, but the carbon model remained unchanged – including its aluminum rear end.
For 2014 the carbon Camber sees big revisions with a completely new frame. Specialized has taken a full pound out of the top end frames with carbon front and rear, and half a pound out of the front end on mid-range models. Highlights include a new yoked shock mount with concentric pivots and internal cable routing for shifting and the new Command Post IR.
Along with the new carbon frame comes the introduction of a number of new models in the range, including two 120mm EVO models – Comp and Expert – and an XX1-equipped S-Works trim. Having ridden the 2013 Camber Pro Carbon for most of this year, I was excited to see the changes to the platform. The Expert EVO and S-Works models are each evolutions in a direction I could see myself modifying the bike to.
Camber EVO models get a slightly longer stroke shock for 120mm of rear travel and a 120mm fork. The EVO Expert model as seen below sports a PIKE while the EVO Comp runs a Revelation. With that adjusted geometry comes a 69º head tube angle and 333mm bottom bracket height.
Mid-travel 29ers are sure to be a popular platform in years to come. Could the new Camber be your trail shredder or do you still like a bit more squish?