Check out Aaron Gwin aboard his new Specialized Demo 8 at Fontana today. We can see Fox suspension, Renthal bars, Avid Brakes, SRAM shifter and rear derailleur (his jersey indicates SRAM, too) and DT Swiss wheels. More updates as we get them. Troy Lee Designs helmet and riding gear keeps him looking dialed! Thanks for the pics,Dan!

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  • SoCalRider-Will

    3/19/2013 6:46 PM

    that troy lee helmet with the red bull design looks sick

  • al.boneta

    2/12/2013 7:26 PM

    The team is ODI-Specialized

  • TRex

    2/11/2013 5:44 AM

    Who is the bro standing next to him?

  • kaibrabo

    2/12/2013 12:23 PM

    His manager Rich Houseman or his mechanic

  • blacksocks

    2/11/2013 1:28 AM

    Yep, those are the new Giro shoes, called Chamber. Due to hit shops around the end of March. Details on Giro website:

  • mrmizzle5

    2/10/2013 10:27 PM

    this is what it took to make the 40 and the demo compatible without those stupid bumpers

  • boomslang

    2/11/2013 2:52 PM

    That is a bone stock Demo.

  • Mike_Doucette

    2/11/2013 11:09 PM

    na i think he is just going to smash that frame. I dont see any changes.

  • Flyboy77

    2/12/2013 6:00 AM

    I heard that the Fox 40 compatibility issue is only with alloy demo frames but not carbon ones.

  • chooofoojoo

    2/12/2013 1:36 PM

    Carbon Demo frames still do necessitate the use of special bumpers. The downtube's profile is changed from that of the alloy vairant, yet standard Fox bumpers do not fully protect from frame/fork damage.

  • boomslang

    2/12/2013 1:40 PM

    We found the stock Fox bumpers work well on the Carbon. What are you seeing that I am not? What bumpers are you suggesting?

  • andyg73

    2/10/2013 9:02 PM

    Man, nice to see Gwinny not in a gigantic moto helmet. D3 looks the goods.

  • Roll X

    2/10/2013 8:43 PM

    Is there a ride VID up yet , im really keen to see it .

  • Roll X

    2/10/2013 8:41 PM

    That Demo looks way lower at the front and more
    racked out then a standard , it may just be the FOX 40 though . I would have thought he would have a custom paint job on the frame ,the LTD carbon frame looks the goods .

  • Bob_Vigil

    2/10/2013 8:31 PM

    I was lucky enough to sit near him in the Shuttle van. Really cool and friendly dude and his bike was sick in person. I dig the murdered look.

  • jet

    2/11/2013 7:57 PM

    +1. I met him at nat's just after my run and he was coming out of registration. Introduced myself and asked for a pic. Very nice guy, very nice. Walking back to the pits he was asking me about how the course was doing. Even remebered who I was when my boss asked him for a poster at interbike a few months later. I would still like to see him on Trek, but racing is racing.

  • xc2dh99

    2/10/2013 7:10 PM

    he looked way better on twr bike and kit

  • Northwest

    2/10/2013 5:55 PM


    Who's the mechanic?

  • ianjenn

    2/10/2013 5:39 PM

    Dude that has got to be the most noisy image ever my 1Ds II at 3200 in super dark may look better....I assume he will be getting a new bike soon.

  • Ian Collins

    2/10/2013 8:31 PM

    cell phone pic?

  • jet

    2/10/2013 4:47 PM

    I can understand the Sram shift/derr, but Elixer brakes? Was the failure at worlds not enough? No Monkey either? Like to know if big red S is making run their tires like they with Sammo? The shoes are the new Giro's. I want some of those since my 5.10's are shit.

  • MW

    2/10/2013 5:04 PM

    I thought I heard that the S deal was a Frame/tire program and the rest up to him.

  • jonathon Simonetti

    2/10/2013 5:11 PM

    Pretty sure those are xo trail brakes

  • ballr

    2/10/2013 5:34 PM

    Look closely, y'all. Elixir 9 up top and Code caliper at the bottom. Popular, effective combo for those who can't get on with the shortish Code lever.

  • andres.galeano1

    2/10/2013 10:42 PM

    I recall that the brake failure was on the shimano protos he used to have on TWR

  • JoseMPM

    2/10/2013 4:13 PM

    That's a sweet looking Demo 8, always thought they looked better with the Fox 40 than the Boxxer, since the first days of Kyle Strait riding it to his Rampage win.

  • Mike_Doucette

    2/10/2013 2:24 PM

    That answers some questions.

  • bizutch

    2/10/2013 2:08 PM

    Steel coil spring must be to keep the helium filled frameset from floating away...

  • toddonbike

    2/10/2013 1:55 PM

    Wow all that R&D for Shimano and now he's running SRAM. Wonder if they will tap him for input too?

  • OCsponger587

    2/10/2013 1:21 PM

    wonder if his break failure at worlds made him switch to avid

  • Triber66

    2/10/2013 2:02 PM

    I think it's the whole new team, seeing how only fox is carried over from his former sponsors.

  • Da Peach

    2/10/2013 1:17 PM

    moving to some more minimalist knee armour... I should have sold my A-stars last year... dang.

  • jeanfrancois.dubeau

    2/10/2013 1:10 PM

    SRAM/FOX...!!!! nice combo!

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