Specialized Demo 8 Review
Downhill mountain bikes are an intriguing breed, offering bespoke setups that cater to the kind of punishing obstacles that riders will face on tricky descents. The Demo 8 family from Specialized is known for its part in helping pros win major tournaments, and so 2014’s models have a reputation to preserve.
Specialized Demo 8 I
For the Demo 8 I you get a fully manipulated M5 alloy frame which has been engineered with challenging terrain in mind. 200mm of travel comes courtesy of the FOX VAN RC shock at the rear and the RockShox Boxxer RC fork up front, while Roval DH rims and Specialized Butcher tyres are a suitably rugged match.
A new low-rise handlebar is added to the mix this year, with its 780mm width ensuring that riders are completely in control when the rough stuff beckons. Custom Avid Elixir 7 Trail brakes and an SRAM drivetrain are included in this package.
|Specialized Demo 8 I Specifications 2014
|RockShox Boxxer RC 200mm travel
|Custom Fox VAN RC
|Avid Elixir 5 R hydraulic disc
|Roval DH 26
|Specialized Butcher DH
Specialized Demo 8 I Carbon
The alloy frame is left behind in favour of a FACE 10m carbon alternative for this model and while the RockShox fork is identical to that on the base bike, you get a Cane Creek Double Barrel rear shock to deliver variable levels of rebound and compression depending on the speed at which you are travelling.
The Body Geometry Phenom Comp saddle is mounted on hollow Cr-Mo rails and the wheelset features DT Industries Stainless spokes.
Specialized S-Works Demo 8 Carbon
The S-Works specific FACT 11m carbon frame is light and tough, combined in this instance with a suspension system that has been developed in tandem with Ohlins with an intriguing twin-tube setup that isolates the elements of compression from the rebound that occurs afterwards.
An SRAM X0 drivetrain and Avid Code X0 World Cup hydraulic disc brakes are found on this model, making it a genuine contender in high stakes downhill competitions.