Again, looking into the crystal ball, I’m seeing a whole slew of great 29ers coming out of the Specialized camp. In fact, the 2011 mountain bike press kit is dominated by big wheels. With the new 2×10 drivetrains and 29er-specific rear cassettes, maybe the masses are ready to adopt 29ers en masse? With Big S pushing them this hard, that fact is inevitable.
The other bike catching my attention for 2011 is the new Camber line. The Camber is a true trailbike that features 120mm front and rear in the 26-inch variant and 100mm front and rear in the 29er version. Most people would be stoked with that much travel for day-to-day riding and the occasional race. The ultralight M4 alloy hydroformed tubes combined with smart parts specs looks to be a winning package. A notable feature of these new tubes is the formed pivot points instead of the welded-on variety (saves weight and adds to the clean lines).
The only omission I’m seeing is the lack of a tapered head tube, which is now commonplace.
2011 Specialized Camber Pro 29er Features:
- Specialized M4 alloy frame
- 100mm travel front and rear
- DT Swiss 520sl wheelset
- Fox F29 fork and custom Fox rear shock
- 2×10 drivetrain with SRAM X7 and Shimano XTR
- MSRP: $2900
Once again, look for more 29ers at your local Specialized dealer in the coming months. The Camber 29er lineup looks to offer a ton of value for the money (based on the spec) in a trail-slaying package. At $2900, this one will be hard to beat.
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