Specialized's cross-country leaning Camber Comp climbs like a dream and descends reasonably well, but hits its technical limits sooner than we'd like. Its airy and nimble nature is too easily rattled, even taking into account its intended light-trail application. The Camber's most impressive trait is how consistently good it is on almost every aspect of the trail. It accelerates rapidly, holds speed reasonably, climbs efficiently, handles sharply and gets the job done on the downhills. These performance characteristics pair with solid specifications to make the Camber ready to roll out of the box and onto the trails without a glut of immediate upgrades. As a result, its $2,500 price tag is a decent value.
The Camber is a great choice for the trail rider who leans toward the cross country application. If you crave a bike with more personality or confidence in the rocks, consider the Santa Cruz Tallboy.