Too many options – Which trail bike?
At last I made the plunge, it came down to financials in the end, obviously it had to be a pretty decent bike as well. I could not get my first choice of the Norco Sight 2, looked closely at the Zesty 314 but for value for money I went for the Camber Expert, I got a very good deal on the 2012 model. It’s not as exotic as the Zesty but it ‘s supposed to be a great bike and I am now off to give it a blast.
Thanks to everyone for all their advice.Posted 5 years agoteamhurtmoreMember
Enjoy the new ride! Before I tried the Camber I had imagined that it was merely a poor man’s stumpy. In fact, I think it is a better ride than the stumpy and fits a part of the market that lots of people ride in. As I said, it was the one bike in a big range that got the thumbs up from everyone who rode it.
The same bike flew past me last night!! One review summed it up nicely:
This type of bike is exactly what a HUUUUGE section of the 29?er riding, pie chart statistic is made for….ride it with your buddies during the week (the ones with the 5-6” travel 26?ers) and then do an Epic trail ride on Sat to get ready for the team 12 hour race next weekend.armoMember
Hi,Posted 5 years ago
For me i would always buy second hand as when i bought new i was always concerened about damaging the bike 🙁 so i sold the yeti 575 (looked nice) and bought a cannondale prophet with lefty in mint condition for £375 🙂 wow i love this bike! It still looks great rides awesome and only weighs in at 28.5lbs. I had a garage with 4 bikes in xc, freeride etc, now i only have one.
If i had to pick a new one from your list it would be the camber.
Cheers and goodluck with your choice.torbsterMember
Just got back from riding the Camber and what can I say…
It maybe down to new bike enthusiasm but I was only supposed to be going for a gentle ride as just over 4 weeks ago I put my shoulder out hitting a tree. That didn’t happen, I whipped up the first piece of heavily rooted single track climb, the traction was immense.
As for the equally heavily rooted descents, I think I may now have to get my eyes lasered so that I can see further ahead. The bike flew and gave me the confidence to relax and keep off the brakes. Box ticked ?
Through the single track sections it was very agile and allowed me to whip through the tight turns. Another box ticked ?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a HT and the bike does feel more sluggish than my HT (marginally) but that was expected and I will easily be able to make that up in the descents and technical climbs. For me it definitely was the right choice to get 120mm travel, I think 140mm may have felt like too much of a drag.
I would recommend this bike, one pleased punter 🙂Posted 5 years agoNormal ManSubscriber
Really interesting comments / feedback. Toying with the idea of a fs for the first time to save my beaten up back.Posted 5 years ago
I have a steel Kona Blink ht at the moment which rides well enough but is a tad weighty. I am tempted with a camber comp, anyone got one?
I am a bit of a Spesh fan from my road biking plus there are some decent deals on the 2012 models but thought I would see if I could get some owner feedback first.
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