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New for Specialized's 2014 lineup are the Enduro Comp 29 and the Camber Expert Carbon 29, both of which we received & built this past week. So here is the Enduro Comp 29. It's a 155mm travel frame with a Fox Float CTD Evolution shock with Autosag, with 160mm travel up front on the RockShox Pike fork. That translates to this, essentially: SQUISH! Test-riding this baddie out front of the shop, we were able to just ride right on through the 4" curb, like it wasn't there. It doesn't stop at that, though: Not only is this beast a suitable all-parkinglot bike (yuk yuk), it's also fully prepared to take on whatever gnar a mountain can throw at it. Braaaap! The frame is made from Specialized's super-reliable M5 aluminum, and equipped with a mixed-up X9/X7 drivetrain, with Formula C1 hydraulic disc brakes. The 200mm front rotor will stop you on a dime. So will the 180mm rear rotor, actually. Maybe even on a 1 cent Euro coin. Those are a little smaller, I think. We have a size large (19") in stock right now, but won't for long! So that right there is Dave's Camber Expert Carbon 29. Dave is a man of taste. Dave is a man of style. Dave is a man who likes his blue almost as much as he likes ripping the nearby Earl's Trails & Bachelor Street. This year's Camber Expert is not only one of the nicest looking bikes Specialized has unveiled, it's also one of the most no-nonsense fun rides you can find. The Camber is situated between the all-business race geometry of the Epic and the long-travel squish of the Stumpjumper FSR. It falls into a territory that Specialized refers to as "trail", though I'd certainly not hesitate to call it a more-capable XC bike. You could totally race this, but it's not going to smoke you if you're out on it all day long with friends. Here are the importants: 110mm travel on the frame, 110 on the Fox Float fork. The drivetrain is SRAM XO & X9, brakes are Formula T1 S. It comes spec'ed with Roval Control Carbon 29 wheels, which are super light and super stiff. Dave chose to swap out the stock Henge saddle, which comes in black, for the flashy new Romin Expert Gel, which was a no-brainer, aesthetically. We also went with the matching blue aftermarket Specialized Contour XC grips for the same reason! Come on in and check these matching blue shredders out. Though we can't guarantee that Dave won't be ripping around the local trails on his, we'll at least have all the information you could ever hope to need. Maybe more, even.