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2011 Specialized Demo 8 2 Bike (discontinued)

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Lower, Slacker, Faster

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The Good:

- Plush and active suspension
- Slacker geometry
- Low BB, very stable in the turns
- Compact frame, lower center of gravity
- Short chainstays
- Looks great

The Bad:

- A bit inefficient in the pedaling category

Overall Review:

I had a 2011 Giant Faith 0 before this bike and a 2011 Giant Glory 01 before that and in the suspension category they are comparable to the Demo 8 but for me what sets this bike apart is the geometry. With the lower BB height, compact frame, and slacker head tube angle I found myself carrying more speed and leaning harder in the corners than I ever have before. Another aspect of the bike's geometry that stands out is the chainstay length which is about an inch shorter than most DH bikes. This allows the bike to manual and bunny hop easier than any other bike I've ridden which suits my riding style quite well. Despite the shorter chainstays the bike still maintains a long enough wheelbase to stay stable at high speed. Another thing I love about this bike is how well it jumps. I love catching air and going fast about equally and the Demo 8 does both very well. If you want it to boost it boosts. If you want low and fast it does that too. Out of all the DH bikes I've owned and ridden this one is definitely one of my favorites.

No A/C and trailerhitch at this pricepoint? Really Mr.Spec..

The Good:

Colorscheme? Shorter than average wheelbase. Not as short and as low as a Voltage but close enough. Glad to see that more MiniDH formfactor is in the marketplace.

The Bad:

6 chainstays? 2 beeing pushrods and not adding strenght...Its like not really an unequal length parallelogram and you end up with an ellipsoid travel curve that does just something strange that the shock and the driver has to straighten out.
343 mm BB is not really low. 310 is low and practical with 180mm of simple and quality arc travel. So this bike is yesteryear and not really uptodate

Overall Review:

Big Hit III was right on, Status II is nice. This one is a styling excercise and needlessly complicated to justify 100% pricejerk.

Great Dh rig

The Good:

Nimble, light (38lbs out the box) smooth, stable and freaking fun to ride

The Bad:

at high speed over chatter bumps or square edge hits the suspension is a little rough. Maybe that is something i can fix with fine tuning my shock. This is a race bike with a super lower bottom bracket I have smacked it several times on the gnarly terrain of south mountain in phoenix az

Overall Review:

Great bike, I would recommend it to anyone.


Product Specialized Demo 8 2 Bike
Model Year 2011
Riding Type Freeride / Bike Park, Downhill
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
XS, S, M, L View Geometry
Size XS S M L
Top Tube Length 485mm 504mm 517mm 530mm
Head Tube Angle 64°, 64.8° 64°, 64.8° 64°, 64.8° 64°, 64.8°
Head Tube Length 112mm 112mm 112mm 112mm
Seat Tube Angle 62 / 62.8-deg 62 / 62.8-deg 62 / 62.8-deg 62 / 62.8-deg
Seat Tube Length 394mm 394mm 419mm 458mm
Bottom Bracket Height 343 / 353mm 343 / 353mm 343 / 353mm 343 / 353mm
Chainstay Length 421mm 421mm 421mm 421mm
Wheelbase 1151mm 1171mm 1191mm 1208mm
Standover 717mm 717mm 722mm 731mm
Reach 390mm 410mm 430mm 447mm
Stack 593mm 593mm 593mm 593mm
Wheel Size 26"
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details M5 manipulated alloy, compact race design, 1.5" forged HT, Magnesium link
Rear Travel 203.2mm
Rear Shock FOX DHX RC4, coil over w/piggy back, rebound and High/Low speed compression and bottom-out control adj., 9.5x3, XS: 300, S:350, M:400, L:450
Fork RockShox Boxxer World Cup, Mission Control damper, alloy steerer, low/high speed compression and rebound adj. with bottom out control, 20mm Maxle DH thru-axle
Fork Travel 200mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered 1 1/8 to 1.5-inch
Headset 1.5" integrated for 1 1/8" steerer, cartridge bearings
Handlebar Specialized Demo low-rise bar, 7050 alloy, 750mm wide, 8 degree backsweep, 6 degree up, 31.8mm
Stem Funn RSX 31.8" direct mount
Grips Specialized Grappler lock-on
Brakes Custom Avid Code X.0, hydraulic disc, tool-less reach and pad contact adj., Code caliper, metallic pads, stainless hardware, 203mm and 185mm rotors
Brake Levers Custom Avid Code X.0 hydraulic, tool-less reach and pad contact adj., X.0 carbon lever blade
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM X.9, 9-speed, aluminum trigger
Front Derailleur
Rear Derailleur SRAM X.0, 9-speed, short cage
Chainguide Gamut
Cranks BlackBox SRAM Descendant, 7050 alloy arms, GXP spindle, custom 36t ring
Chainrings 36t alloy
Bottom Bracket Custom SRAM PF-30 DH, 83mm shell
Pedals Specialized Lo-Pro Mag, removeable pins, 9/16"
Chain SRAM PC-971, 9-speed w/Power Link
Cassette SRAM PG-970, 12-26t
Rims Custom DT Swiss F550, 30mm wide, 32h
Hubs Front: Specialized Hi Lo disc, laser-etched logo, sealed cartridge bearing, 20mm thru-axle. Rear: Specialized Hi Lo disc, 150mm, hollow 12mm Cr-Mo axle w/ RD guard, 32h
Spokes DT Swiss Competition 2.0/1.8/2.0mm stainless
Tires Specialized Butcher DH, DH casing, wire bead, soft dual compound, 26x2.3"
Saddle Specialized Demo, 7mm hollow Cr-Mo rails
Seatpost Thomson straight w/ 12 degree clamp, 367mm
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp 7050 hard annodized alloy collar, black
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 12x150
Max. Tire Size 2.5
Bottle Cage Mounts NO
Colors White/Red
Warranty Limited Lifetime Warranty
Weight N/A
Price $6,400
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