Racing Downhill is a balance of calculated risk and confidence in one’s ability and equipment. Designed and engineered to be the ultimate race bike, the World-Championship-winning Demo 8 features 200mm of FSR suspension and DH Race geometry to give riders maximum control on the sport’s gnarliest terrain. The Demo’s low center of gravity, short chainstays, and durable alloy frame combine to deliver the world-class handling the Demo 8 is known for, now with 650b wheels and all-new sizing.
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 center 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 center 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 maximize 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.