Good luck finding a better high-performance downhill bike than this value-packed rig. With 200mm of front and rear travel, a custom Fox Van RC shock, and a RockShox RC fork, this machine is one well-thought-out downhill setup.
Strengths: Amazing build, light, pops off everything, pedals brilliantly, impressive stock pedals and tyres.
Weaknesses: Stock wheels and stem, not everyone wants to spend time setting up the double barrel (they should though, because its worth it!)
Amazing value for money when you look at the components, manages to get air off things like roots, pedals through the rough with ease, corners like its on rails, inspires huge amounts of confidence, really light weight (37.14ish), simply one of the most fun bikes you can own! Absolutely loving it!!
Date Reviewed: April 30, 2011
Strengths: No flex in linkage or bike.No brake jack.Beefy all around.Sit's low.
Weaknesses: Shock takes a bit longer to adjust because you have to take the upper link loose.About 3 more minutes is all & that's if your super slow.
Best dh bike i have had.Nothing to complain about.Pivots & bearings are all still smooth,quiet & have no play.Jumps solid.Brakes into rough corners great.Plus pedals nice without bobbing,alot better than my single pivot Bullit.A brand new Demo frame would cost a alot but you can used ones that work the same for less.
Bike Setup: DHX 5.0. Boxxer Race. Codes mag. 729, dee-max and singletrack rims for different occasions. Sunline stem with Deity Bars. Odi. LG1 09. SLX cranks. X9 Shifting. Sram Cassette. etc.
from Lausanne Switzerland
Date Reviewed: May 21, 2009
Strengths: -Stock Components
-It's a Specialized
Weaknesses: None again it's a Specialized; best bikes out there!!
This is my dream bike, maybe one of the only bike that are actually ready-to-ride thanks to all the stocks components.
I had to change the coil of the boxxer fork because I needed a harder coil, but the bottom line is that it's like the best bike I have ever ridden.
09 DEMO 8/1
from cody, wyoming
Date Reviewed: October 25, 2008
Strengths: The Demo8 1 bike is a great all round downhiller. The Elixer R brake is a capable downhill brake. DHX 4.0, I think the Boxxer Race it also a nice downhill fork for the price. DT Swiss rims FSR what else is their to say.
Weaknesses: Box.Race, 680mm Specialized handle bars are way short, Pedal are way thick, 2.35 tires (on the 8/1)
Great bike, Recommend it to anyone getting serious about racing or riding. Not for first time trial rider. My only concern is, will the Boxxer Race internals be able to deal with a 200lb rider the whole season.
Bike Setup: Demo8 frame, DT Swiss rims w/Specialized hubs,Gumut chain tentioner/bash guard, Spec.DH Race 2.5 tire, Box. Race, Elixer R Brakes, King Earl Handle bar 720mm.
from santa clara, CA
Date Reviewed: July 26, 2008
Strengths: Really not bad for the setup and price, there's just a lot that needs to be upgraded. It's better to upgrade it when you buy it, because I'm sure that it'll screw you over if you don't.
Weaknesses: LINKAGE BEARINGS!! Needs to have a chainguide stock, brakes (the lines on the 9's blew out too easy, upgraded to goodridge braded lines), Boxxer Race blew out after 2 months (needed new bushings, scratched the crap outa my stanchions because of bad bushings, seals didn't seal, rebound adjustment broke, oil leaked out of rebound cartridge(from allen key hole on bottom of lower), hubs were toast after a month, along with the BB, the XT rear derailleur's shifting was inconsistent and needed constant tuning,not to mention it chewed the crap out of the cable.
Not bad for the price, but there's better out there, unless you are willing to put the extra cash in upgrades.
Similar Products Used: '06 Big Hit, Craftworks F1, Kona Stab deluxe, Stinky (reg, primo and deluxe), Santa Cruz V10, SC VP-Free, SC Bullit, Iron Horse Sunday Elite, Norco A-line & Atomik, Turner DHR, Giant Glory 0, Reign X0, KHS Lucky 7, Spesh SX, SX Trail II, Yeti AS-X
Bike Setup: Spesh Demo 8: Marzocchi 888RC2X VA, Fox DHX 5.0, Avid CODE 5's w/ Dangerboy levers, Raceface cockpit/cranks, SRAM X9 drivetrain, Mavic Deetrax w/ Maxxis Minion DH F&R(tubeless), E13 LG1(florange), ODI lockons w/ Dangerboy bar caps. My baby, needless to say...
Date Reviewed: January 27, 2008
Strengths: The 2007 model recieve many improvements: reduce weigth, shorted in the rear, better geometry, low gravity. The cockpit is fine, enough room to change the body position. Have a natural aptitude to jump, with a little force to rise the bars cross the obstacles. I don´t try in big jumps but I suppose it do really well because in air your position automatically set backward (you not get nose down, a danger in almost any drops). Railing corners in fantastic form. Great, very great stability at high speed. Excellent aceleration.
Weaknesses: In some cases, i. e. those rock gardens plenty with mid size rocks (more suitable for a trial bike) the low center of gravity can do one of the pedals take a hit. The stability at high speed mean a less agility at low speed (but every dh bike do the same). This is must due to the big distance between wheels and the relaxed angles.
Every bike have its own philosophy when is made. The Demo 8's is a bike like a tank can cross with saffety in almost any surface (i.m.o), capable of race, jump, and, more important, fun. This bike push up your skill, make 'u feel secure. Is a pure DH bike with the original spirit of mtb in mind. She's like speed. Buy and don't look back
Similar Products Used: Kona Stinky,Specialized Big Hit, Sta. Cruz VP, so on...
Bike Setup: boxxer race, truvativ husselfet cranks, hayes 9 brakes, fox 5.0 shock
Date Reviewed: July 28, 2007
Strengths: Grate frame.good design
Weaknesses: linkedge crap,could have doen much beter.foxshock 450 2.80 on a downhill come on,oh yeah and my own add on fox 4 40's that cant be bottomed out,lets just say mine have been apart twice now,wish it came with a raceface crank set,stock not so good that was the first thing to go,
good bike,if you ride hard up grade first,save the hardake,gunna keep killin it lol