First Look: 2014 Specialized Camber - Short Travel Shredder

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Join us in Charmes, France, for the unveiling of Specialized's 2014 Trail line. We spent 3 days examining and riding the bikes, wheels and tires that make up this category of equipment. The shortest travel bike in this category, the Camber sees both a new carbon and an EVO version introduced for 2014, and there's nifty new SWAT technology as well as rad new tires to discover too (also check out the 2014 Stumpjumper First Look feature here, and join us for ONE Lap to see the bikes in action).

The Camber is a short travel trail bike, designed for riders who need to get there and back and have a good amount of fun on the way. With its svelte looks and modest travel, we were surprised at just how capable the Camber is, especially in the Evo version. Tale of the tape below:


By The Numbers

2014 Specialized Camber Pricing

Model US MSRP
SW CAMBER FSR CARBON 29 $9,250
SW CAMBER FSR CARBON 29 FRM $4,250
CAMBER FSR EXPERT CARBON EVO 29 $6,000
CAMBER FSR EXPERT CARBON 29 $6,300
CAMBER FSR COMP CARBON 29 $3,800
CAMBER FSR EVO 29 $3,000
CAMBER FSR COMP 29 $2,600
CAMBER FSR 29 $1,850
2014 alloy Cambers are starting to ship now, and should be in stores late July/early August. Carbon Cambers are expected to be available in early September.

Photos by: Johan Hjord and Emmanuel Molle - www.specialized.com

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8 comments
  • DaveMK

    7/15/2013 11:58 AM

    Wow, after the effort that specialized made to design a Enduro 29 with short chainstays, I was expecting the 2014 camber and stumpy 29ers to get similar treatment, guess not.

  • iceman2058

    7/15/2013 12:03 PM

    The explanation for this is provided in the Stumpjumper First Look feature we launched earlier today. In short, Specialized's testing showed an improvement in stability as a result of "normal" length chainstays, both while pedaling and descending, that was ultimately favored for this category of bikes (the stays are still "reasonably" short...).

  • Nicholast

    7/15/2013 9:17 AM

    Pretty stoked for the SWAT technology. I despise packs and forgo one whenever possible. Instead, I ride with a bottle in the cage and a CO2 & multi-tool wrapped by a tube then strapped to the downtube by a toe strap. That combo keeps the weight low, minimal and off my back. I would love to have my multi-tool integrated in the cage so my tube only wraps my CO2 and I don't have to worry about an expensive tool slipping out.

  • b-kul

    7/15/2013 11:23 AM

    im pumped for swat too. just need to figure out a good way to mout my phone to my bike now.

  • scarface

    7/15/2013 11:48 AM

    I find the best place to mount your phone when riding is somewhere in the house. If you leave it charging you have the added benefit of finding it ready for the test of the day when you come back from your relaxing ride out there....

  • b-kul

    7/15/2013 1:01 PM

    its not like im on it. its just good to have in case of an emergency plus i use it for gps.

  • sabatian.tettenhorste

    7/15/2013 6:17 AM

    26 please

  • diatribe69

    7/15/2013 8:56 AM

    29 is 3 better than 26.