Specialized Demo 8 Downhill Full Suspension

4.46/5 (39 Reviews)
MSRP : $4100.00


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Product Description

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.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Derf

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2013

Strengths:    Easy to go big on really stable unbreakble frame really good at high speeds

Weaknesses:    The chain needs better chain guide is not a great bike unless you are going down super steep section or if your going fast and it is not fast at Corning what's so ever and it just feels big

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike if you ride all steep bumpy technical stuff but if you like single track it's not a great bike but by all means if you love going big off everything and finding the most gnarly lines by all means bye this bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HardingO a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2012

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!)

Bottom Line:   
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!!

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Favorite Trail:   Forest of Dean, Cwmcarn, North Nibley

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   www.noahsark.co.uk

Similar Products Used:   Transition tr250


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chuyjb303 a Downhiller from 303

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2011

Strengths:    bullitproof

Bottom Line:   
the best DH bike in this price range that you can by.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   mojowheels

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bmme a Downhiller from vernon bc canada

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2011

Strengths:    everything the bikes alsome

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
buy one

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   rideteck

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by freerider33 a Downhiller from Kodak,TN-USA

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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Ridgecrest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   Bullit.YetiDH9.V10.GiantATXDH.Yeti ASX.

Bike Setup:   Boxxer World Cup.Hayes 8"hydros.E13 guide.Truvativ ISIS Hussefelt 170mm cranks.Hadley hubs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pirata! a Downhiller from GYN,GOIÁS,BRAZIL

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2010

Strengths:    When I ride this bike, i make love with!She is beautiful,strong with low center of gravity and can eat big bumps,holes and you can drop safe! everything is possible with it.PERFECT

Weaknesses:    Difficult to set up the rear shock

Bottom Line:   
Low center of gravity,you fill safe to do big jumps, HEAVIDUTY BIKE

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Favorite Trail:   Morro Feio

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   www.bikedesconto.com

Similar Products Used:   INTENSE 6.6, ASTRO HORROR, ENDURO S-WORKS 2006

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi 888 RC2X,Manitou 6 way,avid code brakes,shimano saint rear derailleur,xt front,truvativ hozfeller cranks,E.Thirteen bash,shimano DX pedals,mavic rims...SRAM 990 cassete.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xxzero412xx a Downhiller from Laguna Niguel, Ca, USA

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2009

Strengths:    Very nice bike. So much travel. it rides really smoothly off rock gardens and stairs. the frame is like a tank. the colors are awsome.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
this bike is sick. it'll do anything you put it up against. great components. really smooth riding

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Favorite Trail:   Local

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Palos Verdes Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   05 bighit

Bike Setup:   stock 2009 demo 8

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mot Srednas a Downhiller from Norhtern Beaches, Sydney, Austraila

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2009

Strengths:    Much better coming from a Single pivot freeride bike. Everything works awesome. FSR technology jumps amazing and DH's really well.

Weaknesses:    Paint chips off BB and downtube really easy.
Otherwise no complaints.


Bottom Line:   
Great bike to start DH racing and continue on. Sam Hill uses them so why doesn't everyone else. Jumps heaps freely.
Improved design for 2010 mine is 2007 so we shall see.
Good luck with the buy.

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Favorite Trail:   Thredbo to what i have ridden.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Rotorburn/forums, he

Similar Products Used:   Scott Nitrous 20-Cracked.

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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by tlema21 a Downhiller from Lausanne Switzerland

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2009

Strengths:    -Stock Components
-Looks
-It's a Specialized


Weaknesses:    None again it's a Specialized; best bikes out there!!

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Verbier

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3900.00

Purchased At:   Welcome

Bike Setup:   Stock Demo 8 I 2009

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Byangoma a Downhiller from Scotland

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2009

Strengths:    Strong Frame, Awesome Components. UNBREAKABLE. Can Take Anything you throw at it without complaint, looks cooler than ice-cream.

Weaknesses:    No real, weaknesses other than the obvious trying to get up hills because of weight and suspension, but its for downhill, so who cares?!

Bottom Line:   
Get one if you have the chance, you will not regret it unless you are an XC rider :P. Its Awesome. Even though I was lucky and got it cheap, i think its worth paying alot more for.

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Favorite Trail:   Glentress

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1031.00

Purchased At:   Sinclairs

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Big Hit, 24-7 dh bike(can't remember name) Scott Gambler, orange 224, norco 6-something...

Bike Setup:   Specialized Demo 8 Frame, Mavic Rims, Azonic Seat, Hayes HFX-9 Hydro Brakes, Michelin DH Tubeless Tyres, Rock Shox Boxxer forks, Manitou Swinger 4-way Shock, MRP Chain Device, Shimano XT Rear Shifter, Crank Bros 50/50xx pedals, Syncros Stem, Syncros Seatpost, THE industries Front Fender, Husfeltzer Cranks, Specialized Hubs....

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by bxxer rider a Downhiller from UK

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2008

Strengths:    not many rear feels plush, thats about it

Weaknesses:    weight, geomatry is way off

Bottom Line:   
i did not like to ride, so hard to keep speed, can not be thrown around in air, this was not my cup of tea at all!

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Favorite Trail:   leckhampton daisy bank

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   --------------------

Similar Products Used:   orange patriot fr lt

Bike Setup:   dhx 5.0

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by 09 DEMO 8/1 a Downhiller 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)

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   White Pine Downhill Runs (all)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3499.00

Purchased At:   The Spoke Shop (Bill

Similar Products Used:   Haro extreme x6/7

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.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jaybeedub a Downhiller 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.

Bottom Line:   
Not bad for the price, but there's better out there, unless you are willing to put the extra cash in upgrades.

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Favorite Trail:   anything that flows

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   second hand

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...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fernando from españa

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.

Bottom Line:   
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

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Favorite Trail:   almost everything going down

Duration Product Used:   6 months

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

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rob Aspinall a Downhiller from Calgary

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,

Bottom Line:   
good bike,if you ride hard up grade first,save the hardake,gunna keep killin it lol

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Favorite Trail:   still hunting

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $5500.00

Purchased At:   Bow Cycle

Similar Products Used:   the list go's on and on

Bike Setup:   demo 8 with the fox 4 40s,sram x-o,double track 24' with a 3.0 on the back wow,juicy 7 all round.blackspire sprockets

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