Why do the world’s best racers want to ride the bike with four World Championships and multiple World Cup titles? Perhaps it’s the DEMO 8’s special 135mm rear hub spacing and Micro Drive, DH Race Geometry, or the trail-shredding Butcher tyres. Actually, we’re pretty sure it’s because we designed and engineered it to be the ultimate downhill bike, featuring 200mm of FSR suspension and World Cup proven component spec for maximum control on the world’s gnarliest terrain. The Demo’s low centre of gravity, short chainstays, and durable and lightweight carbon fibre frame combine to deliver the world-class handling it is known for. Available in both FACT carbon and M5 alloy models, there’s a Demo for weekend shredders and World Champions alike.
WHAT Our proprietary FSR suspension paired with larger, faster rolling 650b wheels, all specially tuned for the rigors of DH racing with sub-seatstay.
WHY Gives the Demo razor-sharp handling without sacrificing our legendary FSR suspension performance. Keeps the rear end compact and sleek, while lowering the centre of gravity for maximum control when braking, cornering and accelerating.
HOW The sub-seatstay allows us to drive the shock off the chainstays, as opposed to the seatstay, which effectively lowers the centre of gravity, and allows us to control the leverage ratio independently.
WHAT The strongest and lightest components available, expressly designed for the DH experience.
WHY Makes the Demo as strong and light as possible, without sacrificing compatibility with industry-standard interfaces to accommodate aftermarket components. Helps riders maximise speed while considerably reducing risk.
HOW Working closely with the Specialized Factory team and various manufacturers allows us to dial the components to work in perfect concert with the Demo platform. We test the components at every stage of development and make adjustments to elicit customized performance from crucial components, like wheels, brakes, and drivetrain.
ÖHLINS TTX DOWNHILL SHOCK
WHAT The ultimate downhill racing shock, the Öhlins TTX. This exclusive partnership between Specialized and Öhlins is unique with a fresh perspective in changing how mountain bikes interact with suspension.
WHY The gravity world is at the forefront of technology, as it puts unbelievable stress on equipment. The goal for the TTX shock was to deliver the control, adjustability, and light weight the gravity rider deserves.
HOW The TTX is the only shock technology that truly offers low hysteresis damping performance. This translates into a ride quality of bump absorption and traction that is unmatched in our industry today. This performance gain is substantial and easily appreciated by the rider as straight line stability and corner speed improves dramatically. The shock, TTX22M, uses Öhlins patented twin-tube design to separate compression from rebound, and has been custom made for only Specialized. The TTX22M also uses spherical bearings on the forward shock mount to allow the shock to rotate while the bike is under side-load. For 2014, the Öhlins TTX will be exclusive to the Demo 8 and the Enduro EVO.