Whoa dude, no offense, but your whole post is wrong.Muggsly said:Yes as revmonkey stated the bikes are different sizes. The 9 is a DH racer while the 8 is more freeride. The longer wheelbase is a neccessity for racing while the shorter wheelbase makes hucking that much easier.
Also you will note that the 9 is also lighter than the 8.
Decide what/how you plan to ride and then go from there. If you are not ever planning on racing I would stick with the 8 it's a much sturdier frame.
yeah you are right ... I was typing so fast so switch the numbers and my post is correctJeremy R said:Whoa dude, no offense, but your whole post is wrong.
The Demo 8 is Specialized's DH race bike. This is the bike that all their pro's run.
Even the Demo 8 has a long wheelbase for a DH race bike. The medium is a 46.5 or so.
Also the Demo 8 is way lighter than the Demo 9.