Specialized Demo 8 Review

The Specialized Demo 8 is a full suspension mountain bike which comes from the same range that has been ridden to recent world championships in the downhill category, which should really say all there is that needs to be said about this model. If you are looking for speed, responsiveness and power when taking to the slopes then this is the bike to choose, as long as you can bear the cost that this level of performance requires.

The Specialized Demo 8 features an M5 manipulated alloy frame with magnesium linkages and a total of 200mm of travel thanks to the full suspension setup. This is comprised of a Can Creek Double Barrel rear shock which has variable compression, with the option to adjust the rebound speed depending on your preferences and the course that you are facing. You can adjust this externally, which is convenient for almost on-the-fly alterations. At the front there is the RockShox Boxxer World Cup fork, a component which lends itself to as much tuning as the rear shock in order to keep it adaptable to those extreme conditions that you will doubtlessly face aboard the Demo 8.

SRAM X9 and X0 kit contributes to the drivetrain and there is plenty of carbon used to keep the weight down as much as possible. The Custom Avid Code X0 World Cup brakes, with a 180mm rotor at the rear and a 200mm rotor at the front, both feature tool-less reach adjustment on the levers for easy alterations and maintenance which will change to suit the rider. The fact that Specialized has specifically modified Avid’s kit to make it work seamlessly together with the rest of the Demo 8 hints at why this bike has performed so well on the world stage.

The Specialized Butcher DH tyres are made up of a dual-compound which is soft and grippy while being able to further deaden the impacts which you will invariably be subjected to by a tough downhill course. The Roval DH rims and DT Swiss Competition spokes match similar criteria, ensuring that the Demo 8 is not going to come apart at the seams after just a few runs.

The appropriately named Renthal Fatbar sits up front with a width of 780mm. This kind of handlebar setup is necessary to ensure that you can maintain the flow of a downhill course no matter how steep things become. In this category, control is perhaps more important than anywhere else, as gravity and the terrain will be conspiring to throw you off course, so this will help you wrestle your way back on track.

The Specialized Demo 8 looks every inch the downhill monster and although you may not put much value in its competitive successes, it is difficult to ignore the raw statistics which suggest that it should be one of the best bikes in its class. Strap on some protective gear, jump onto this bike and prepare to participate in a breathtaking downhill experience which you will not forget in a hurry.