twouareks said:I know the existing specialized thread is still alive and well, but I was hoping to find some more pics of the Demo bikes. So how about a Demo specific thread? 8's, 9's, whatever, it's all good.
(p.s. my own contribution is a few weeks away)
ekripper said:Heck ya, lets see pics of everybodies Demo 8's for the upcoming season. I just picked up my first Demo 8 frame last week and am begining the build process. I'm sitting in the cold and snow here in Utah so some pics of the Demo's out there would be motivating!!! So far I've got an '05 Demo 8 pro frame in medium with white '06 zoke 888rc2x's. Red King headset and F/R hubs should be here tomorrow along with a set of white Syncros DPS wheels. Zoke Rocco will be here Fri. for the rear. Here are a couple of quick pics, will post more when the build is complete. Might have to get another Demo frame in blk to build up with the Fox 40's when they get back from Fox. Good times
I walked into Go-ride last week to drop off my Fox 40's to have new lowers installed and there they were on the wall!!! Chris said they are a limited run here in the US I guess. They only got the one set in white I think.aappling72 said:Hey man, where did you score the white 888? That is going to be sweet.
I advise you go back and re-read your Specialized catalog or view their website again, you obviously missed this point in the Specialized marketing, the Demo 8 is indeed billed a DH race bike.Hot Butter Topping said:I've never heard anyone comment about the Demo's downhill prowess. I have however, heard plenty of reasons why it's not a good downhiller.
The bike isn't billed as a downhiller at all, and for good reason as you mention. It's touted as a good bike for shore, stunts and freeriding in general. Dedicated downhiller bikes like the V10, 223/4, and M3 differ greatly in geometry, and also aren't so great for low speed technical riding. I don't see many/any World Cup racers on Demos, and this should tell ya something While I'm sure in the hands of a skilled downhiller the performance gap could be narrowed I'm not sure why anyone would think that a bike like the Demo would be good at continuous highspeed riding like downhill.
This all seems fairly obvious to me.
Nope not a DH race bike, NAH!Specialized said:The result is the new Demo 8, optimized for DH racers...craving a more nimble machine.(versus the Demo 9 FR beat). At home on the DH circuit.
Sure compare it to a V10 with its inter-continental turning radius and you're right.bikenweed said:Here is my Demo8. Coming from a V10, I thought the Demo would be a good race bike. It will work, but I'm pretty dissapointed with it. Frame weight is over 12 pounds. Chainstays are way too short. The seat tube is also in an odd position. Oh, and my first Demo8 broke, and this frame looks identical to the one that broke. The upsides to the bike is how nimble it is on tight, slow trails. It is also really simple to bunnyhop, unlike the V10. For anyone doing a lot of high level racing, I would recomend against this bike. I would have loved this bike when I was just starting out, but now it's just a twitchy, sketchy, heavy bike.
Overall, it's an alright freeride bike, but heavy, expensive, and twitchy.
Hype? Seems? No not hype or seems, it is a DH bike.Hot Butter Topping said:Guess I need to keep up on my hype. Seems it is billed as a downhill bike afterall.
As I aptly pointed out however, while I'm sure a gifted rider can take the Demo to a certain level anecdotal cases don't define the quality of anything (be it a bike or car or what have you). So while I can't deny that Kyle Strait's 31th ranking in 2005 is fantastic, he's also surrounded by a sea of what most people know as dedicated downhill bikes. Simple as that, hype aside.
I'd take a Demo in a heartbeat, and I'm a sh*tty rider I'll tell you straight away, but this shouldn't be too hard to think through.....the Demo is oriented (in design) towards FR (which it's great at I hear).
But I will obviously concede that they are doing some targetting at DH riding, but I also skip all that and go right to specs and geometry pages on Specialized.com.