Dual suspension, on a mountain bike, really. What would you need dual suspension on a mountain bike for?
These were my last words before my first ride during a trip to Mt Buller for a spot of mountain biking, a trip I would have given my left carbon fork to have been on the Specialized Camber Comp.
One run on the newly constructed trail left me in no uncertain terms as to the necessity of dual suspension.
With some dual suspension bikes you feel as though you need one bike for climbing and another for descending, but the Specialized Camber Comp is a great example of how good a dual suspension mtb can be.
It's seriously pimped out, and for me being a roadie (I can hear the chorus of leg shaving clown, from the mtb seats) I love the ability to adjust the shox, being able to make the suspension on the Specialized Camber Comp a little stiffer for descending and some of the road climbs was ideal.
For the tech geek out there the specs include:
120mm-travel M4 alloy FSR frame with new suspension design and sealed cartridge bearing pivots for confident handling and smooth trail performance.
RockShox Ario RL rear shock with adjustable rebound and lockout for steady climbs and plush, controlled descents.
Responsive, yet stable RockShox Recon Silver TK air-sprung fork with 120mm of travel uses external adjustable rebound, Turn Key damping, and lockout for fine-tuned bump performance.
Oversized, 3D-forged, adjustable-rise alloy stem with 4-bolt clamp for extra strength and versatility.
Tektro Draco hydraulic disc brakes/levers with Light Wave rotors create increased control and superior stopping power for more confident descents.
Solid, dependable Shimano SLX Shadow rear derailleur delivers trouble-free shifting and takes it easy on the wallet.
If I was ever to let the hair on my legs grow back, start sporting a beard and carrying a camelback, then the Specialized Camber Comp would be the ride for me.