Wanted to talk through my ride on the Camber last night and to try and understand what I felt on it to see if it's just the bike itself or perhaps setup. I've ridden my current Cotic Soda for the past 5 years so don't have much experience on other bikes.
I borrowed the demo Camber Carbon Comp from a shop and have it for a few days. Annoyingly, I think the rear brake on it needs bleeding. It was very soft and I couldn't lock it with one finger as the lever hit my middle finger on the bars! Caused some confidence issues and I had to use the front more than I'd like. I did find it had a lot of brake judder on the front though, it was strong, but I think the Reba is just a bit flexy?
I found the rear to be a bit bouncy initially, but I slowed the rebound a bit and this sorted that out. Didn't really have any issues with the rear though, it was the front.
Not sure if it was tyres, frame geo or just the fact it's a 29er, but the front end was a bit shit. The best way I can try to describe it is that it was trying to understeer? Riding a long tight bermy section (Stickler @ Swinley), the front would slide a little coming out of corners which was annoying and lowered confidence in it. One thing I thought may be contributing, is that the saddle is probably a bit too far back on the rails for me, I wondered if shifting my weight forward a bit more might help with that?
110mm on the front seems a bit low too. I think the shop set the pressure in them too low for me as I was bottoming them out too easily.
The extra weight in the wheels was noticeable too. I guess this is partly them being 29, but also not the lightest items in the world.
I'm back again Wednesday so will tweak a few bits before then and try again.
Any thoughts on what I've described and how to interpret them?
I definitely need to ride a few more options before deciding on what I buy though, I don't want to rush into a purchase. Not really sure quite what I want to buy yet.