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Your speed shouldn't be determined by the size of your checking account—this is the logic behind the Demo 8 27.5. It's a blue-collar, speed-and-steeze wagon equipped with a chassis that's proven itself the world over, and we've decked out with a cost-effective, thoroughly kick-ass component mix.
When sending it full-gas down the trail, you need confidence that your bike is going to perform like it should, and no material has earned its keep on the downhill circuit like our M5 aluminum. This grade of aluminum has a whole lot going for it. The stuff is stiff, lightweight, and strong as hell. Highlights on the Demo 8 also include a burly 1.5-inch forged head tube and, with its distinctive single-sided seat mast, it has plenty of access to the bike's custom-tuned FOX VAN RC shock.
As for the ride, the Demo 8 pairs our S3 Geometry with a roomy top tube for added control, ultra-short and nimble chainstays, a low bottom bracket that keeps you feeling planted, and a slack front-end that feels absolutely dialed at high speeds.
The Demo 8 features 200mm of front suspension via a RockShox BoXXer RC 27.5 and 200mm of rear travel, courtesy of the aforementioned, custom-tuned FOX VAN RC. Together, the suspension combo ensures that you'll be able to rocket over any terrain with confidence. And when you add in a build kit that includes SRAM's powerful Guide RS brakes, a durable one-by SRAM drivetrain, and our legendary Butcher and Slaughter DH tires, you get a bike that wants nothing more than to be pushed harder and faster—dollar signs be damned.
|BOTTOM BRACKET||SRAM BB30, 83mm|
|CHAIN||SRAM PC-1031, 10-speed|
|CRANKSET||Custom SRAM Descendant, BB30, 7050 alloy arms, 165mm, MRP SXg CS ISCG-05 chainguide|
|SHIFT LEVERS||SRAM GX, trigger, 10-speed|
|CASSETTE||SRAM PG-1030, 10 speed, 11-36t (*last three cogs removed)|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||SRAM GX, Type 2.1, short cage|
|FORK||RockShox BoXXer RC 27.5, DebonAir spring, adjustable low-speed compression, adjustable rebound, short crown, 20x110mm thru-axle, 48mm offset, 200mm of travel|
|REAR SHOCK||Custom FOX Van RC, rebound & compression adjust, 9.5x3.0"|
|SADDLE||Body Geometry Phenom Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm|
|SEAT BINDER||Alloy, 34.9mm|
|SEATPOST||Specialized, 6061 alloy, 2-bolt clamp, 0mm setback, 30.9mm|
|HANDLEBARS||Specialized, 7050 alloy, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 27mm rise, 800mm width|
|STEM||Specialized Direct Mount DH Stem, two-piece, forged alloy, 45mm|
|GRIPS||Specialized Sip grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness|
|FRONT HUB||Specialized disc, alloy flange & disc mount, sealed cartridge bearings, 20x110mm thru-axle, 32h|
|REAR HUB||Specialized disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x135mm spacing, 32h|
|INNER TUBES||Presta, 40mm valve|
|SPOKES||DT Swiss Industry|
|RIMS||Roval 27.5, alloy, 24mm internal width|
|FRONT TIRE||Butcher, DH casing, 60 TPI, wire bead, 27.5 x 2.5"|
|REAR TIRE||Butcher, DH casing, 60 TPI, wire bead, 27.5 x 2.3"|
|FRONT BRAKE||SRAM Guide RE, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200mm|
|REAR BRAKE||SRAM Guide RE, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 180mm|
|FRAME||M5 alloy, S3 Geometry, carbon seatstay, BB30, full internal cable routing, 135mm dropouts, lipped and sealed cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, 200mm of travel|
|Bike Stand-Over Height||698mm||698mm||698mm||698mm|
|Fork Length (full)||590mm||590mm||590mm||590mm|
|Top-Tube Length (horizontal)||571mm||596mm||616mm||636mm|