This past week, six Specialized dealers from around Australia along with members of the Specialized HQ team from Melbourne and California converged at the top of Mt. Buller, Victoria, three hours North of Melbourne.
The team dispatched a stable of the ultimate no-nonsense trail machine: Camber. Seeing a lineup of these freshly built weapons, they screamed out to be pushed to the limit. Neither bike nor rider were satisfied being stationary for long.
|Camber Pro's at the gate|
|HQ: The Lodge|
There was palatable excitement early in the morning; on our arrival the previous evening we had the great pleasure of meeting the man who has spent the last few years designing and building these trails up and down and around these mountains, hundreds of kilometers of singletrack.
|Early morning gear-up|
|Tyre fitting: Front - Purgatory 2.3, Rear - The Captain 2.0|
This bike was designed for the trail riding experience. A nimble climber, Camber's super-light frame and component group never feels like 'too much bike'. To get to the summit, the group climbed for a full hour through switchbacks and narrow singletrack. A formidable feat for a 120mm travel chassis. After that there was the inevitable any wholly anticipated downhill run, which for a bike that climbed so shockingly well ate up every berm and kicker along the way.
|Pushing it through|
|Stoked! Top of the mountain|
This bike ended up impressing everyone who rode it last week. At $1999, it can be your start into the dual suspension world, or rig up all the way to the Pro Carbon for the best of the best. We're stocking the whole range at Manly Cycles right now. Can't wait till the next trip to the mountain!
Ask yourself, WHY CAMBER?
'It’s not that the suspension feels like there’s more travel than there actually is, it’s mainly the sorted handling of the Camber that makes a difference. Even when the fork and back end are clearly getting out of their depth, the bike still manages to hold its line. You’re certainly likely to ﬁnd yourself thinking long and hard about how much travel you actually need'