The thing I don't like about the new Demos is that the chainstays are really short and the head angle is really slack, so your weight is way over the back tire.
I have an 05 Demo 8 and I'm looking for a change. After riding an 06 SX Trail I for a week I will most likely end up with an SX Trail, it's just a very fun bike that really wants to be in the air and ridden hard.
For some other similar bikes check out the Morewood Shova LT or the Commencal Supreme DH. Not sure if you're looking for other manufacturers but...
yeah, an SX would serve you great. A friend of mine has one and loves it. He can ride the light freeride/all mountain trails during the week and shred some of the local DH runs on the weekend. Should you buy one you won't be dissipointed.
P.S that was Darren Berrecloth on the baby blue Sx with the pink manitous in Roam
Well...I just finished building up an '07 and I got some ride time on it and I'm so stoked! I can't believe how well this things works in every condition. Mine is pretty heavy at 37lbs but I'm using heavy wheels and 2.5" tires F&R. I can actually pedal up hill way better than my 34lb Heckler....and the downhills feel like butter. Best of all this thing just jumps sick....it's so balanced in the air. I didn't have to do any work on the jumps...I just went off and the bike somehow balanced itself out perfectly for me in the air. Yep, this is the bike.
So...Demo 7 vs. SX Trail??? I don't think there's going to be a "HUGE" difference between the two. If I were buying a complete bike I'd buy the Demo 7 I and if I were just buying the frame then I'd get the SX Trail (I just bought the frame for a killer deal). I think I'm going to buy my little bro a Demo 7 soon and if I do I'll do a thorough compare of how the two compare. The price differential on the complete build vs. the parts is just way too compelling to buy a Demo 7 I. You get the frame ($2,200) + the Totem Coil ($900) + everything else for $2999 at most bike shops. The SX Trail 1 build kind of sucks so you kind of have to splurge for the SX 3 and fully build it's $4K+ (ouch). That's why I opted for the frame.
For Freeriding and Some DH (not solely DH) i would get a SX. Berrecloth was rocking it the opening part of Roam. Plus my buddy just got one, i rode it a bit in Moab. Its a nice rig.. I have never rode a demo 7 but i have a rode a demo 8 and i would choose the SX over that. Of course if you are gonna ride mainly DH and race then get the 7.
I've sold my Intense M3 now as I haven't ridden it since putting Totems on my SX Trail. I ride my SX Trail on shore, trails, dirt jumps, downhill courses, etc. and I haven't felt it was out classed once. It truly is the best bike I have ever owned in my life. You'll be limited to what you can do with the Demo 7 as it will be a killer on trails and longer rides so it's going to be good for shore and DH mostly.
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