Specialized is offering a Camber EVO in 2014.
By Zach White
Combining both Specialized’s popular Camber and EVO-series trail bikes, it seemed like only a matter of time until the Camber itself was offered in a bedazzling EVO spec. Compared to a standard Camber, the EVO gets a bit lower, longer, and more slack with a 68.8-degree head tube and seat tube, a 330mm bottom bracket, and an extra 5mm in the top-tube(except for the XL size, which only sees a 3mm gain).
Rock Shox’s Pike seems to be the trail fork du jour for 2014.
The Camber EVO carbon will be available this October with a price tag of $6000, and offered in an aluminum version with a more budget spec for literally half of that. The carbon version comes with a Kashima coated Fox Float CTD with Boost Valve in the back, a Rock Shox Pike up front, SRAM’s newly released XO1 drivetrain, an updated Command Post IR(Internal Routing), Formula T1 brakes, and a Specialized wheelset with DT-Swiss internals in the hubs.
The Camber EVO seat tube throws derailleur compatibility to the side, but a direct-mount front derailleur can be mounted to the lower linkage.
Spacing on the rear hub is Specialized’s proprietary 142+ spacing, which positions the hub a bit farther towards the drive-side in order to improve wheel dish, thus improving wheel strength. Stock 142x12 hubs will work in the Camber EVO frame as well, but would most likely need derailleur adjustment if switching back and forth between wheels with standard 142 spacing and 142+ spacing.
Specialized's proprietary 142+ rear spacing positions the hub a bit farther towards the drive-side in order to improve wheel dish.
Included in the build kit are a couple of SWAT(Storage, Water, Air, Tools) goodies, too. Hidden in the top cap of the headset is a chain tool, complete with a spare master link. And bolted on to the bottom of the water bottle cage is a small plastic case sheathing a little multi-tool.
(L) Disguised as a top cap is a nifty little chain tool, complete with a spare master link. (R) Specialized continues to offer up handy little SWAT tools for ’14.
S-WORKS Trail Shoes
The new S-Works Trail replaces the S-Works EVO shoe, and is said to offer more trail-friendly features at the same weight of 370-grams(claimed, for a size 42). Up top, an inner ankle cover and reinforced toe cap keep both body and shoes better protected. Down low, an improved outer sole with improved grip helps keep traction off the bike, and a full carbon sole should transfer power efficiently to the pedals. MSRP is $350, and they should be available this fall.
The new S-WORKS Trail shoe is a more comfort and trail-friendly offering from Specialized’s carbon-soled shoe options.
Carbon EVO Full Specs: