Specialized Testing New DH Shock and Option for Different DH Wheel Sizes 34

Vital MTB's super sleuth, Dave Trumpore, snagged some images of prototype parts and bike mods on Brad Benedict's Specialized Demo 8 at the Port Angeles DH race yesterday. While Brad is pretty tight lipped about it all, Dave thinks it's a prototype Öhlins rear shock given the configuration and distinctive yellow spring color (they also co-developed the Cane Creek Double Barrel), and Brad said they wanted the option to try different wheels on the DH bike. Note the seatstay bridge area where a different size tire would hit the frame - it has been chopped out. DON'T try this at home. He is running 26-inch wheels at Port Angeles, however. Troy Brosnan and Aaron Gwin are not on this set up. Get to speculating...

Specialized Testing New DH Shock and Option for Different DH Wheel Sizes

Specialized Testing New DH Shock and Option for Different DH Wheel Sizes

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  • maximumradness

    4/29/2013 8:32 PM

    the new demo 9 will have a 29er wheel!!!! yes!!! big wheels that are really big! like b-rads hair! his mop is the 29er dh bike of all hairs! it runs over your little buzz cuts. it crushes your side spike. it takes your faux hawk to a nice seafood dinner and never calls it back. really big wheels or old fashioned medium-small wheels for me!

  • Mudstud

    4/27/2013 5:04 AM

    Specialized did not just say that they do not see much benefit in 650B, they really kicked off a negative campaign against it in dealer newsletters. And negative campaigning within the bike industry is massively wrong. Specialized is building a lot of decent and interesting bikes, they have no reason to be foul-mouthed about other brands' concepts. But If they want to behave like dicks, they are free to do so. They should just not expect me to buy their product as I prefer not to support brands that act like dicks. There's plenty of other brands that do not need to do so.

    Nice Öhlins shock, by the way.

  • Mr. P

    4/27/2013 10:06 AM

    Last I've seen Specialized said: "they had tried 650B and didn't see any real benefits" Which is fair game. Regardless, the dealer newsletter is not for public consumption, and they are informing their dealers how how to sell their bikes in a trend driven industry. That is called marketing and sales.

    Unless you can bring some Specy hate quotes from their newsletter; it looks like your the one spreading the negativity.

    Here is Chris Sugai from Niner commenting on 650b. Is this being a dick too? Do you now not support Niner?


  • Mudstud

    4/28/2013 9:46 AM

    It does not matter if dealer mailings are for public consumption. It's even making Specialized's dishonest two-face approach more blatant. And yes, they have to eat their own bloody words now and reeducate their retailers that have been told how little sense 650B is supposed to make before.

    The bottom line remains unchanged: Negative campaigning is BS in cycling. Advertise what you sell, do not talk nonsense and trash about competitors' products. As for Niner: I don't give a f... about that brand and Chris Sugai in specific. Never supported them, never will.

  • conner.kuhns

    4/27/2013 1:00 AM

    just because Specialized in the past has said they don't see much benefit in a 650b over a 26" wheel bike, doesn't mean they won't make 650b bikes, if the consumer and the market demand 650b bikes, as it is starting to, any good bike company will start testing 650b bikes and maybe even produce them.

  • general lee

    4/26/2013 11:58 PM

    Looks like Mitch has one too?

  • monstertiki

    4/26/2013 10:43 PM

    Side saddle DB. It would make tuning easier since the knobs would be more accessible.

  • john.nash.710667

    4/27/2013 12:39 AM

    Looks like they're trying to make the slow speed compression adjustable on the fly - the chamber volume adjustment has a tooled dial as that is something you would only adjust if you were changing the spring rate (or travel settings) which is not usually something you would do whilst out on a ride. I see the rebound dial at the bottom of the shock is also adjustable on the move.

  • scott.link.507

    4/26/2013 12:28 PM

    "D" for diversified???

  • peterjamo4

    4/26/2013 12:14 PM

    Funny the specialized local rep said they had nothing to do with 650b

  • wilkeywilkey

    4/26/2013 7:35 PM

    yeah did they put out some press release on specialized ibd about how they felt 650 b was a fad and didnt see the advantage to it over 26 or 29....... hmmmm

  • NoahColorado

    4/26/2013 11:34 AM

    I wouldn't be surprised if Specialized comes out with their own wheelsize. I'm serious.

  • Nicholast

    4/26/2013 1:13 PM

    No joke. The kicker is that while we'd all hate them for it, it would work pretty well, we'd still buy it, and then praise the bike with its goofy wheel size later.

  • Yuroshek

    4/27/2013 12:07 AM

    I just really hope they make 650b tires ASAP.

  • KHSFactoryRacing

    4/26/2013 11:00 AM

    And the Big S said they would never dabble in 650b hahaha so two faced them guys!!

  • sspomer

    4/26/2013 11:21 AM

    note the edit, "650b" removed. "650b" wasn't mentioned after all, just "different wheel sizes."

  • t.odd

    4/26/2013 11:25 AM

    and what "different wheel sizes" will fit on an existing demo?

  • KHSFactoryRacing

    4/26/2013 11:26 AM

    Right, right sorry about that. Guess they will stick to their press release and NEVER do any 650b bikes then. Thanks!

  • KHSFactoryRacing

    4/26/2013 11:27 AM

    It said 650b earlier hahahahaha

  • Erik_The_Red

    4/26/2013 7:15 PM

    Don't worry KHS, when Specialized starts making 27.5" wheeled bikes, I'm sure someone will still ride yours.

  • BeezNeez

    4/26/2013 2:25 PM

    When did they say no 650?

  • KHSFactoryRacing

    4/26/2013 3:59 PM

    A short while back they put out a press release saying they wouldn't make a 650b bike

  • bturman

    4/26/2013 4:55 PM

    Specialized is always testing a trying new designs, and they did make a remark at a press launch last year indicating that they had tried 650B and didn't see any real benefits. I don't recall ever seeing a press release stating that "they wouldn't make a 650B bike" though...

  • wilkeywilkey

    4/26/2013 7:37 PM

    i think it was on their ibd website

  • general lee

    4/27/2013 3:33 AM

    KHS, that chip on your shoulder really isn't a strong look.

  • csermonet

    4/28/2013 4:04 PM

    If the fact that KHS uses slightly modified "catalog" bike designs wasn't enough to completely turn me off from the KHS brand....Seeing Spalding's remarks on Vital and PB have put the nail in the coffin. Quinton is a complete douche bag, and his childish, unprofessional remarks are laughable. Spalding, Bingelli, and Aeillo(sp?) are a match made in heaven.

  • TchoukTV

    4/26/2013 10:18 AM

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  • BayScraper

    4/26/2013 10:16 AM

    Brain DH shock?

  • Freeridewriter

    4/26/2013 7:08 PM

    Highly likely

  • bikeboardorblade

    4/26/2013 10:44 PM

    That was my exact thought.

  • alasdair.sewell

    4/26/2013 10:05 AM

    wonder if its a specialized own brand shock?

  • Lémurien Rider

    4/26/2013 9:57 AM

    Öhlins !!!

  • wakaba123

    4/28/2013 9:36 AM

    yep, low end öhlins.