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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 10/29/2014 12:00 AM
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If it were perfect it'd be a 5-star review, not 4.5. This bike is very, very impressive. Just be mindful of your pedal timing, or perhaps invest in a pair of these cranks.

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Added a comment about product review 2014 Test Sessions: Norco Sight Carbon 7.1 10/21/2014 10:45 AM
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Awesome to hear. You're going to love it!

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Added a comment about slideshow We Rode the FOX Pros' Bikes, Prototypes and All - Enduro Edition 10/20/2014 2:13 PM
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Yes, there are certain nuances that flat pedals could hide or expose. The major relative differences between the bikes would very likely be the same, however, which is what we've reported on. As far as foot positioning, I (and many others) run my cleats slammed as far back as they'll go, which is a very similar position to the typical flat pedal sweet spot.

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Added a comment about video Backcountry Trail Addiction 10/20/2014 1:35 PM
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Hey Mav, the lack of full screen Youtube controls is a new issue for Android devices and seems to be a bug on many sites. We're looking into it. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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Added a comment about slideshow We Rode the FOX Pros' Bikes, Prototypes and All - Enduro Edition 10/19/2014 6:27 PM
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Cheers. Those are the HT ME05T pedals.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 10/16/2014 10:15 AM
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"Shower thoughts." Love it.

Pedal-kickback (the cranks rotating backwards when the suspension is compressed as a result of chain growth) typically isn't really felt until you've used quite a bit of the travel, in which case you likely wouldn't be pedaling anyway. Low kickback on a DH bike is desirable because it creates a more stable ride in a sense, and also improves the overall sensitivity of the suspension.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 10/16/2014 9:47 AM
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To clarify, the 33% sag was measured while seated. In attack mode it would be less.

The Ohlins shock doesn't provide the same range of low speed compression adjustment that other shocks do. When it's all the way in, it's not fully closed off.

While a firmer spring certainly would have helped in this situation (which came down to a matter of time), many DH bikes I've ridden at a similar sag point haven't required one. The Demo is less progressive than most others, so springing up a bit is likely a wise decision. Had this been a long term test I would have done exactly that.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 10/15/2014 4:54 PM
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We're dreaming up a special video edit just for you.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 10/15/2014 4:15 PM
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There are some nicely molded guards on the downtube, chainstay, and seatstay.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 10/15/2014 4:14 PM
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We're not aware of a limitation on the warranty like you describe.

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Added a comment about feature Ken Block's Custom Specialized Demo DH Bike 10/13/2014 6:57 PM
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In action during Ken's first ride:





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Added a comment about feature Ken Block's Custom Specialized Demo DH Bike 10/13/2014 6:54 PM
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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2014 YT Industries Capra Comp 1 10/13/2014 11:22 AM
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Added a comment about feature Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/8/2014 5:43 PM
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Specialized hasn't provided the frame weight including the shock. If they had, it'd include a stock steel coil, not the Ti you see here.

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Added a comment about video Checking in with Jackson Goldstone 10/7/2014 10:34 PM
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Added a comment about feature Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/7/2014 10:03 PM
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Negative. Frame weight is for a medium sans shock.

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Added a comment about feature Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/7/2014 8:13 PM
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You honestly wouldn't race this on the vast majority of US DH courses? Why not?

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