First Look: 2016 Specialized Camber
What is the Camber?
The Camber is the Trail/XC bike in Specialized’s full suspension line. The line-up in order of suspension travel is the Epic, Camber, Stumpjumper, Enduro, and Demo 8. In 2015, the Camber was a 29er with 110mm of travel. There was an Evo version available that sported 120mm of travel and more relaxed geometry. Riders found this bike to be a fast and capable bike that was more descent capable than what its 110/120mm suggested.
For 2016, the Specialized line-up has become even more crowded with the newly revamped Sumpjumpers with 29er and 27.5 wheels. Plus they now have a whole line of Plus (3.0) tire bikes they call Stumpjumper 6fattie. This has squeezed the trail bike real estate that the Camber normally participates in.
For 2016, there is a slew of changes, as a new wheel size is added to the line. Travel is increased and the Brain rear shock is introduced as well.
- The Camber 29er now has 120mm of travel instead of 110.
- Head angle has been slackened to 68.5 degrees instead of 70 degrees.
- There is now a 27.5 version to complement the 29er. Travel is increased to 130mm and head angle is slacker at 67 degrees.
- The Brain shock has been added to to the higher end Cambers. It is now only active at the sag point.
- The front fork for the S-Works version is now an RS-1 with a Spike valve knob.
- SWAT door is now included in the carbon models.
- Front triangle is now shared with the Stumpjumper. The chainstay length has been shortened to from 450mm to 437mm on the 29er.
The Camber line-up is comprised of six price points with each one available in either 29er or 27.5 versions. This creates a huge array of twelve models plus a thirteenth ‘Grom’ version that accepts 24 and 26 inch wheels.
At the top of the range is the S-Works Camber with its full carbon ‘FACT 11m’ frame. Both the 650b and 29er versions come equipped with a RockShox RS-1 fork, a Kashima coated version of the FOX/Specialized Brain-equipped rear shock, SRAM XX1 gearing, Shimano XTR brakes and Roval Traverse SL carbon wheels with a 30mm internal rim width.
The rest of the carbon range, consisting of the Expert, Elite and Comp, features a carbon ‘FACT 9m’ carbon mainframe and an alloy M5 rear end. Both the Expert and Elite models will offer the new Position-Sensitive Mini Brain equipped FOX/Specialized rear suspension and will use 34mm stanchioned FOX Performance forks.
The Comp Carbon models offer a simpler FOX Performance DPS rear shock without Brain technology. These models will feature the RockShox Revelation RC3 fork. Included alloy wheels will be a 29mm internal width Roval wheelset.
All Camber carbon models feature Specialized’s new 10-position Command IRC Post.