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    Men's Camber 27.5

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    2018 Men's Camber 27.5

    Think of the Camber 27.5 like a multi-tool, but with the added fun and agility of 27.5 wheels. At the top of the trail, it's lively and fast. And on the way back up, it climbs without any wasteful suspension sag.

    In other words, it blends all of the trail bike characteristics that you want with the XC climbing prowess that you need. This is achieved by thoughtfully combining our M5 alloy Trail Chassis with a Camber FSR rear end. The combination results in blending lightweight, rigidity, and durability in one package.

    At both ends of the bike, you'll find sufficient travel lengths that deliver plenty of plush suspension—all without going overboard on big hit capability. This means that you don't have to sacrifice efficiency, weight, or sheer speed to ride how you want. And with our Trail 27.5 Geometry and lightweight, stiff, and smooth Concentric Pivot at the rear, we can guarantee it.

    For the build, we selected durable, performance-driven components like Tektro Gemini hydraulic disc brakes, a reliable mix of Shimano and SRAM shifting, a custom X-Fusion rear shock, and a RockShox Recon RL fork.

    Technical Specifications

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    FRAMESET

    FRAME

    Specialized M5 Aluminum, 27.5 Trail Geometry, threaded BB, internal cable routing, 12x148mm dropouts, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, 130mm of travel

    SEAT BINDER

    Alloy, 34.9mm

    SUSPENSION

    REAR SHOCK

    Custom X-Fusion 02 Pro RL, rebound adjust, lockout, 205x53mm

    FORK

    RockShox Recon RL 27.5, Solo Air, 46mm offset, rebound adjust, lockout, 15x110mm Boost™ Maxle® Lite thru-axle, 130mm of travel

    WHEELS

    RIMS

    Double-wall, 27mm internal width, 32H

    FRONT HUB

    Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm spacing, 24h

    REAR HUB

    Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 32h

    SPOKES

    Stainless, 14g

    FRONT TIRE

    Purgatory, Gripton compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5 x 2.3"

    REAR TIRE

    Ground Control, Gripton compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5 x 2.3"

    INNER TUBES

    Presta, 40mm valve

    DRIVETRAIN

    REAR DERAILLEUR

    SRAM GX, Type 2.1, long cage, 10-speed

    SHIFT LEVERS

    SRAM GX, trigger, 10-speed

    CASSETTE

    Sunrace, 10-speed, 11-42t

    CHAIN

    KMC X10, 10-speed w/ Missing Link™

    CRANKSET

    SRAM NX, Power Spline crankset

    CHAINRINGS

    X-Sync 30T

    BOTTOM BRACKET

    SRAM Power Spline

    COCKPIT

    STEM

    Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise

    HANDLEBARS

    Specialized, 6061 alloy, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 27mm rise, 750mm width

    GRIPS

    Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, slip-on

    SADDLE

    Body Geometry Henge Sport, steel rails, 143mm

    SEATPOST

    Alloy, 2-bolt clamp, 12.5mm offset, 30.9mm, anti-corrosion hardware

    BRAKES

    FRONT BRAKE

    Tektro Gemini Comp, hydraulic disc, resin pad, 180/200mm rotor

    REAR BRAKE

    Tektro Gemini Comp, hydraulic disc, resin pad, 160/180mm rotor

    ACCESSORIES

    PEDALS

    Specialized Platform, Cr-Mo, 9/16" spindle

    * Weights based on production painted frames as pictured. Actual weights will vary based on colorway, frame size, and component variation. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

    Geometry

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    Crank Length170175175175
    Handlebar Width750mm750mm750mm750mm
    Stem Length60mm60mm70mm90mm
    Saddle Width143mm143mm143mm143mm
    Seatpost Length350mm400mm400mm400mm
    Stack580mm590mm599mm608mm
    Reach399mm425mm454mm475mm
    Head Tube Length105mm115mm125mm95mm
    Head Tube Angle68°68°68°68°
    BB Drop23mm23mm23mm23mm
    Trail97mm97mm97mm97mm
    Fork Length, Full522mm522mm522mm522mm
    Fork Rake/Offset42mm42mm42mm42mm
    Front Center670mm700mm732mm757mm
    Chainstay Length420mm420mm420mm420mm
    Wheelbase1089mm1119mm1151mm1176mm
    Top Tube Length, Horizontal554mm583mm614mm638mm
    Bike Standover Height724mm728mm743mm767mm
    Seat Tube Length396mm430mm468mm523mm
    Seat Tube Angle75°75°75°75°
    Geometry

    Rider Reviews

    • 4.8
    • 5 Reviews

    Great entry level full suspension bike!

    This bike is a great value and works extremely well for an entry level full suspension bike. I have been riding now for a couple years and was riding a hardtail XC bike, the Specialized Pitch, before recently purchasing this bike. The first thing I noticed about the Camber was how short the chain-stay was which puts the rider weight back almost over the rear tire. The bike center of gravity also feels so much lower than my previous bike. Both of these features translate to a feeling of pure confidence and stability going over rough terrain and downhill sections and am having so much more fun now on the downhill sections now! As far as the drive train and components ,the bike rides and shifts extremely smooth, it practically propels itself over flat terrain. Brakes feel solid. One minor weakness is that there is no quick realease for the seatpost. I suppose Specialized figures that most owners will upgrade to a dropper post. This issue was quickly and cheaply solved by buying and installing a quality quick release for about $10. I am probably in the minority of not caring about a dropper post as most of the trails I ride have one long climb followed b y one long downhill section and do not find it that big of a deal to drop the post manually at the top of the trail. Another weakness of the bike is the rear x-fusion shock. The shock does work reasonably well and feels smooth, however the lockout feature is basically useless, at least for my rider weight of about 200 lbs. I also noticed that putting the recommended air pressure for my rider weight seems to have too much rebound and was almost thrown off the bike (even at the lowest rebound setting). I found that lowering the air pressure about 10% seems tames the rebound. However, the lack of lockout at this air pressure translates to bit of wasted motion on the climbs. The bike makes up for because it is so stable at low speeds I am able to hold a straighter line on steep climbs. Overall a great bike!


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    Glen

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    Best bike I've ever owned

    Recently got this bike and have been sending it on everything i see.. the bike is built well and handles everything like a champ. Best bang for your buck, can't beat the price and the quality. I made a few upgrades ( pedals, copper and tubeless). Best bike I've ever owned. Specialized rocks!!


    Name:
    Fox

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    A High Potential Trail Bike

    Original weight was around 32 lbs. (medium Frame). So far I have changed The following: XTR 980 Crank converted to 1x11 with NSB 28T 64 BCD (980 crank was used) Shimano 1x11 cassette with xt rear derailleur and shifter XTR trail pedals Crank Brothers Cabalt 2 wheelset (Boost) Thompson seatpost with WTB titanium rail saddle Race Face Aeffect 70mm stem with 35mm Easton Carbon bar. Going to 1x11 got rid of the front derailleur and shifter. I can see getting it down to around 27 lbs. with a change to Maxxis Rekons and a Reba fork. Don't forget you can sell the parts you take off. Had a GT Sensor (2016) which is a great bike and a little plusher in the really rough stuff, but the Camber handles better and turns tighter. A great bike that is more than the sum of its parts when new - probably the best buy on the market. Most of the components I already had. A great trail bike that can be used easily in the bike parks with a simple change of tires. Don't hesitate. I would have rather had it in black, but only red was available at the time. I'm trying to get used to it. Buy it!!! Current weight is 29 lbs.


    Name:
    Gusthe D.

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    Excellent Ride

    Just purchased this bike before winter. Its a great bike and happy I made the plunge from my older GT loaded with Deore LX line. So far the components are solid and the suspension works great. I would have liked it this bike to be a little lighter, but with a few upgrades it can get there. Very happy with my purchase.


    Name:
    Adk46er

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    It is a perfect budget bike.

    This bike is GREAT for the price! If anything you are getting a lot more than you should for the price, which is great. The only thing I would upgrade on the bike is the pedals, they come with the factory plastic pedals. I would go with Raceface pedals or Crank Brothers pedals. IT IS A GREAT BIKE!


    Name:
    Ryan R.

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