Friday the 6th saw my first off road ride of the year and again it was on our 2012 Camber 29er. One of three 29″ wheeled demo bikes from Specialized we have available this year. We have had this around now for about 6 weeks and I do find myself drawn to it. This new generation of big wheeled bikes do seem to have come of age. All the benefits of better grip on slippy hills, stability at speed, the ability to float over peaty bogs and an uncanny knack of making molehills out of obstacles that would stop a 26″ wheel bike. While the first generation of 29 ers all had the above attributes they lacked one vital ingredient, Fun! Something this bike has in spades. Fast, light and responsive. I particularly like its progressive nature when things start going pear shape. The Trek Remedy was one of my fave bikes of 2011, we haven’t yet received the 2012 model but the Camber will be a tough act to follow.