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.
The Demo’s low center of gravity, short chainstays, and durable and lightweight carbon fiber frame combine to deliver the world-class handling it is known for.
With four downhill World Championships already to its name, the Demo 8 is the world's fastest downhill machine.
FACT carbon and M5 alloy
Available in both FACT carbon and M5 alloy models, there’s a Demo for weekend shredders and World Champions alike.
FSR SUSPENSION WITH SUB-SEATSTAY
Gives the Demo razor-sharp handling without sacrificing our legendary FSR suspension performance. Keeps the rear end compact and sleek, while lowering the center of gravity for maximum control when braking, cornering and accelerating.
WHAT Two FACT carbon frames with DH Race geometry. The S-Works FACT 11m frame features the magnesium link, while the FACT 10m version shares the same geo and uses the alloy link.
WHY Shaves over 530 grams from the Demo frame, plus fine-tuned geometry adjustments for descending performance.
HOW Through extensive testing and experimentation with frame construction methods we were able to combine the Demo’s World-Championship-winning FSR suspension design with our FACT carbon construction techniques—shaving over one pound (over 530g) from the 200mm-travel Demo frame. And, specifically tuning the ride quality and durability for attacking the world’s most-demanding downhill terrain.
FSR SUSPENSION WITH SUB-SEATSTAY
WHAT M5 alloy frame with 200mm travel, fewer sharp edges/corners, and a sleeker finish than previous frame designs.
WHY Minimises mud and debris build-up to keep weight low and allow rider to navigate downhill terrain to their maximum potential.
HOW Responding to input from Troy and the Specialized Factory Team mechanics over the years, we keep the corners soft to avoid collecting debris and the frame sleek to limit any narrow spaces that might collect mud.
M5 ALLOY DH FRAME
WHAT Our proprietary FSR suspension, 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 customised 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.