Brendan Fairclough's 2011 Specialized Demo 8 Race Bike: A closer Look!

Aug 10, 2010
by Mike Levy  
Many pro riders have used the lull between World Cups to come to Whistler's CrankWorx to race and enjoy the mountain, including Team Monster Energy Specialized's Brendan Fairclough. We caught up with Brendan and got a personal tour of his 2011 Specialized Demo 8 race machine. Inside you can see all the photos, as well as listen to Fairclough talk about his bike setup and disdain for flat bars!

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Brendan Fairclough's 2011 Demo 8 Race Bike


We sat down with Team Monster Energy Specialized rider Brendan Fairclough to get the lowdown on his brand new 2011 Demo 8 race bike. He rides a full production frame, the very same that regular folk like you and me will be able to buy come October, with only the addition of a few titanium shock bolts to shave a few grams. Brendan's bike certainly has some very special components on it though, including the slick black legged World Cup Boxxer and his custom SDG saddle. Last week you got to read about his 1 x 6 gearing that uses a 31 tooth chainring and an extra small 9 tooth cog, now you can hear what Brendan makes of this trick setup by listening to the audio below.


Brendan's 2011 Specialized Demo in full race trim. He rides a standard production frame that you'll be able to purchase soon... But there is a good chance that his will go faster than yours!
Brendan's 2011 Specialized Demo in full race trim. He rides a standard production frame that you'll be able to purchase soon... But there is a good chance that his will go faster than yours!

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An impressive third place in Champery during some gnarly conditions proved what Brendan can do. There is more to come, but in the meantime we all enjoy watching him get more bent than a teenager taking his dad's Camero out for a joyride! In the audio Brendan tells us about his challenging season thus far. Listen up, being a top World Cup racer is not all unicorns and rainbows.
An impressive third place in Champery during some gnarly conditions proved what Brendan can do. There is more to come, but in the meantime we all enjoy watching him get more bent than a teenager taking his dad's Camero out for a joyride! In the audio Brendan tells us about his challenging season thus far. Listen up, being a top World Cup racer is not all unicorns and rainbows.

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During our Sea Otter coverage we showed you some prototype seats from SDG made especially for Sam and Brendan that featured rubber grippers molded into the seat to prevent sliding around when conditions are terrible. They didn't get a lot of love from the readers, but it sounds like Brendan has been loving his, even using it when the track is dry and dusty. Listen to the audio to hear Brendan talk about his very special seat
During our Sea Otter coverage we showed you some prototype seats from SDG made especially for Sam and Brendan that featured rubber grippers molded into the seat to prevent sliding around when conditions are terrible. They didn't get a lot of love from the readers, but it sounds like Brendan has been loving his, even using it when the track is dry and dusty. Listen to the audio to hear Brendan talk about his very special seat

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Fairclough's '11 Demo only has six cogs out back, which isn't news... but the fact that the small cog only has 9 teeth is damn interesting. Last week you read all about his special 1 x 6 cassette and 31 tooth chainring, now you can listen to the audio as well.
Fairclough's '11 Demo only has six cogs out back, which isn't news... but the fact that the small cog only has 9 teeth is damn interesting. Last week you read all about his special 1 x 6 cassette and 31 tooth chainring, now you can listen to the audio as well.

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New on Fairclough's machine are these sick Renthal bars. Not only did they feel comfortable when I sat on the bike, I also found myself making involuntary moto sounds as I pedalled! We've got a set of these in the office, so stay tuned for a writeup, but in the meantime you can hear what Brendan thinks about them by listening to the audio below.
New on Fairclough's machine are these sick Renthal bars. Not only did they feel comfortable when I sat on the bike, I also found myself making involuntary moto sounds as I pedalled! We've got a set of these in the office, so stay tuned for a writeup, but in the meantime you can hear what Brendan thinks about them by listening to the audio below.

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I was amazed at just how stiff Brendan's suspension is on his race bike, I knew it had to be much<br /> stiffer than a chump like me would ride, but I had no idea. The lines that top riders can take<br /> and the speed at which they do it means that their suspension has to be run in a way to keep them<br /> in control.  Listen to the audio to hear his take on it.
I was amazed at just how stiff Brendan's suspension is on his race bike, I knew it had to be much
stiffer than a chump like me would ride, but I had no idea. The lines that top riders can take
and the speed at which they do it means that their suspension has to be run in a way to keep them
in control. Listen to the audio to hear his take on it.

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A RockShox Vivid complements his custom Boxxer World Cup. A titanium spring and shock mounting bolts are used to lose some precious grams.
A RockShox Vivid complements his custom Boxxer World Cup. A titanium spring and shock mounting bolts are used to lose some precious grams.


You and your gang may be trying to see who can get their bars the lowest, but Brendan is of the<br /> opinion that enough is enough. His '11 Demo not only sports a proper riser bar, but also<br /> a healthy amount of headset spacers under his crown. Then again, he is riding steeper, burlier, <br />and harder tracks a touch faster than you. Just a touch... Listen to the audio to hear what<br /> the Monster Energy Specialized rider thinks about those fashionable flat bars.
You and your gang may be trying to see who can get their bars the lowest, but Brendan is of the
opinion that enough is enough. His '11 Demo not only sports a proper riser bar, but also
a healthy amount of headset spacers under his crown. Then again, he is riding steeper, burlier,
and harder tracks a touch faster than you. Just a touch... Listen to the audio to hear what
the Monster Energy Specialized rider thinks about those fashionable flat bars.

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Hidden behind the modified guard is a 31 tooth ring that works with Brendan's 9 - 21 cassette (the 21 is locked out)  to provide the appropriate gearing while having more clearance and still being able to hit 88 mph during race runs. There were many comments on the 1 x 6 story we ran last week that it must surely be a typo that the Specialized team bikes use 30 and 31 tooth rings with a standard 4 bolt 104 mm bcd crank - it wasn't a typo and they do run 30 and 31 tooth rings. But how?
Hidden behind the modified guard is a 31 tooth ring that works with Brendan's 9 - 21 cassette (the 21 is locked out) to provide the appropriate gearing while having more clearance and still being able to hit 88 mph during race runs. There were many comments on the 1 x 6 story we ran last week that it must surely be a typo that the Specialized team bikes use 30 and 31 tooth rings with a standard 4 bolt 104 mm bcd crank - it wasn't a typo and they do run 30 and 31 tooth rings. But how?


Always a flat pedal rider, Brendan uses Crank Brother's pedals with some extra long pins in place to keep his feet in place.
Always a flat pedal rider, Brendan uses Crank Brother's pedals with some extra long pins in place to keep his feet in place.



We'll have more info on Specialized's 2011 Demo 8 coming up soon, including some riding impressions, but for now you can check out Curtis Keene's race bike for more info!


Are you lusting after Brendan's 2011 Demo 8? Tell us what you think about it below!



192 Comments

  • + 14
 dammit, people already can't spell on this website, don't take away the little bit of reading we had and replace it by audio commentary D:
  • + 12
 looks gd but hes still running that saddle thats got genatale warts
  • + 1
 i think the grip is a lil unnecessary
  • + 4
 at the british national round at the weekend, it pissed down all saturday, and i found myself slipping off the saddle everytime i tried to sit down... that grip is not unnecessary atall
  • + 2
 personal preference i suppose but when im riding dh or racing the adrenaline keeps me up out my saddle all the way down
  • + 2
 Try doing fort bill sat up all the way Razz
  • + 1
 if i ever do go ill try it and get back to you on that Razz
  • + 8
 I think it'd be fairly interesting if you could get back to Brendog with some replies here.

I agree that a flat bar is stupid looking and I understand he doesn't really make much of a comment towards low bars, but there's a few things he's not mentioned. He's running a bike with a super short headtube (112mm), a zero stack headset (10mm overall) and the bars are only a 20mm rise. 15mm of spacers isn't all that mad either.

To put it into perspective he runs the bottom of his top crown 137mm from the race of his fork.
Whereas, say a Large V-10 with an average press fit headset and zero spacers would be 155mm measured the same way. So effectively using the same setup as him would require a flat bar to get that same bar height as Brendog. Whilst only being 2mm lower. In that light it seems silly for him to have a poke at it Wink
  • + 1
 agreed
  • + 3
 dude you are completly rigth, the guy who wrote the note at the bottom of the picture is wrong because he is not considering all the ingenerie you are talking about.
Supporting what you say i also would like to say that the point to have those spacers under the upper crown, is to lift the upper crown clamps that holds the extensions of the fork, so we can hold the extensions from a longer and stronger length, giving us safer and stronger points to hold the fork from the bike, and that length neeed to be at least the length of the frame headtube thsi will be reducing the leverage forces that can break a frame or the extensions. And because of the horse-shoe shape especifically of this upper crown and a very short head tube with a zero stak at the bottom of the head tube, the distance in betwen the upper clamps and the lower clamp gets very short ( shorter than the length of the frame headtube. and we dont want this because it could became a very weak part of the bike when we want to do it stronger.

if they change the horse_shoe upper crown for a flat upper crowm without spacers and with the same direct mount and the same bars he will be riding tha same low. and that is already very low. and last thing those bars are almost flat bars. same as the atlas race face.

this are very studied technician set ups, but some people just judges of what they see, not understanding the great ingeniering behind all this. just one spacer and his ubication can do big diferences.
  • + 1
 and I also fid out that this set up is actually lower than the flat upper crown. just like that. othe wise just read the article in the specialized 2011 demo launch. check it out.
  • + 1
 and at the same time they are lowering the front end of the frame consecuantally the bottom braket (lower gravity center) and at the same time using the whole length of the extensions. even more. this set up was taked to the very very max performance with those carbon fiber spacers.
and becasue of the the lower gravity center and the whole length use of the extansions the geometry stills the same

its just awesome!
  • + 5
 Oh man, Brendan Fairclough just told me to get rid of my flat bars I better do it. I think it's dumb to knock someone's bar height. Your bars, pedals, and seat are the 3 contact points between you and the bike, therefore their brand, style and positioning is a very personalized choice. Flat bars made me faster and more comfortable, just like a grippy seat made him more comfortable.
  • + 6
 I agree, but fads are a big thing in this industry and most of the trendy kids running super wide flat bars are probably doing it because everyone else is.
  • + 20
 Flat bars did not make you any faster , it just made you think you are faster because the adverts told ya so
  • + 1
 props to that man its so true, i also run flat bars and seem to be faster/more confident rider, and any money half the people that hear Fairclough said get rid of your flat bars they will, Salute
  • + 2
 yeah. I feel more confident and ride slightly better every time I change something up on my bike, weather it really helps or not.
  • + 3
 what adverts? i think pretty much all the WC riders run riser bars , but i must say i prefer the feeling of my half inch rise 768mm azonic bars , its all down to how you like your bike to ride i hate the way everything has to be labeled as fashion, like neck braces and bars.
  • + 4
 Flats are good for slack bikes on flatter tracks. If I had the chance to ride a WC track every day Id ride risers but on flatter ground I need to weight my front wheel more because of the slack head angle.
  • + 1
 Spaced your are not spaced out you are exactally right
  • + 0
 The thing he says is stupid, is when kids run flat bars, because they are trendy, then they dont lower their ride height at all because they still have spacers under the stem. Totally pointless.
  • + 1
 bigburd: yes they did actually, I have timed it. The race courses here have bits of pedaly sections, I can truly get more leverage in a more aggressive and efficient riding position while cranking across the flats. I also feel my center of gravity is lower so I can hit off camber and flat corners faster. Though I admit the cornering may be in my head.

But look at roadies, lower wider bar= more power and keeps your lungs more open. It's fact and it's been proven
  • + 1
 Timlake is right - he's not dissing flat bars as such. What he thinks is stupid is when people run 0 rise on their bars, but then boost their stem up with spacers.
  • - 1
 wider bar = parachute effect with your body, why does nobody bring this up ;oo
  • + 1
 Your body is lower so it may negate itself. Ask trek guys. They made aero tests for their bikes. I think they still went wide for cannbera.
  • - 1
 lol.. ask the road world..
  • + 1
 Yeah, so lets go the fixie fashion way - 500mm bars, close our chest and die of lack of oxygen after the first 500m Wink Also the benefits outweight the slight disadvantage IF ITS REAL.
  • + 9
 Loving the Demo 8 2011.! That's a sick choice
  • + 14
 it is a sick choice but its his only choice... He rides for specialized.. remember.
  • + 1
 Yeah and?... If he want, He can get another brand i'm sure, but he choose specialized
  • + 2
 damm, did you see his stantions
  • + 14
 dont be racist
  • + 1
 LOL samu183, you're wrong. While he's sponsored by specialized he can't even be seen in public on another bike. In fact, he can't be seen using products that have nothing to do with biking if those products are made by a bike manufacturer other than specialized.
  • - 1
 Lol, I know that I'm not stupid. But he can change companie, like maybe he can takes Intense. In the world we didn't have only specialized Razz
  • + 1
 not strictly speaking true archi...
Athertons have been seen riding on different tires as their sponsors didn't make a tire suitable for the track. I've seen Sam Pilgrim riding a Dmr whilst sponsored by Diamondback/ashton...
  • + 7
 sick
  • + 73
 biggest understatement^
  • + 3
 we got craazy bike in here with dope parts...
  • + 13
 that 88MPH must be a type-o......then again it's a Specialized Demo so anything is possible
  • + 1
 Troy Brosnan also was using this in the garbanzo DH race
  • + 21
 I love that, "Hidden behind the modified guard" and theres just an e13 bashgaurd thats been ground down to f*ck aha
  • + 2
 Well spotted IronHorse-Chris. LOL.
  • + 10
 "pants covered in shit" great to see he took the interview seriously Razz
  • + 20
 haha "just take them off, it's not cool", I am in full agreement about flat bars
  • + 0
 "...just an e13 bashgaurd thats been ground down to f*ck aha"

More like an e*13 bashguard that was precisely cut down and chamfered on a lathe, then pocketed from the backside on a CNC mill so it will sit in the correct location for the "special" chain ring.

This stuff wasn't made by a monkey with a grinding wheel...
  • + 8
 You'd be surprised how much bodging goes on on these bikes. I genuinely think they probably just ground it down. Love Brendands opinion on flat bars. So typical.
  • + 0
 Eek EYE-GASM!!!!!!!!!! much more attractive then the 2010 demos...Drool

and i just realized that this is the third time i have used eye-gasm about bikes...Facepalm
  • + 3
 those forks make me horny Smile
  • + 1
 brendog = god, i'm away to make my bike more like his...
  • + 2
 Bikebasher. If you ever look at prototype things . Generally there bodged or made cheeper because 9 times out of 10 they will only be used once or twice. It doesnt need to be accurate. It just needs to work. Then the end result is produced at a higher standard to ensure reliability for joe public. Super sick bike by the way!!!
  • + 10
 when you hit 88 mph on that bike to you travel through time... like when driving the Delorean!Smile
  • + 6
 lol that seat looks like something from an octopus!
  • + 5
 ahhhhhhh.. it sucks on your balls - thats why he likes it really
  • + 1
 How the hell does he ride CB 50/50 pedals?!! I nuked mine soooooooo fast (2 weeks)!! You couldn't GIVE me another pair of them!!
  • + 1
 Seriously could not be more right about those bloody stupid flat bars!
  • + 1
 Love the Glossy Frame material. wont scratch as easy ans will be better and nicer to clean. good choice with that. this is the 2011 demo 2, the demo 1 is black and gold ... not to sure on that one. much rather this one. this is probably the best demo out so far.
  • + 6
 1x6 w/a 9 tooth...sick
  • + 1
 Maybe I missed something but last post on Pinkbike said that this bike would be available beg. of Sept? Now is October? Can anyone give us a straight answer? I already noticed some 2011 cross country specialized bikes at the dealer. What gives?
  • + 3
 Curtis Keene's bike looks way better stealth, hope that they come in that flat black. Demo it and it rides amazing. I have a tough choice this or a v10 carbon
  • + 1
 yeah I have the same choice but im also interested in the intense m9
  • + 1
 New GT Fury or Superco Silencer over any of them.
  • + 1
 the 2011 demo comes in red and white and red and black
  • + 1
 I saw a yellow and black one on sunday at northstar
  • + 1
 the frame is also going to be available in blk/monster green
  • + 1
 they aren't selling the yellow and black one anymore. They looked sweet though I thought.
  • + 0
 where did u hear this? no more black and green?
  • + 1
 a specialized rep told me no more black and yellow
  • + 1
 that's one cool race bike, but I wonder how much stiffer it is compared to what producers suggest and thus how much sag it has under the rider. Would it be like putting the blue spring back instead if yellow one in new boxxers under my 64kg and 350lbs on the back on my IH Sunday?
  • + 5
 Damn these guys trash their bikes. Sick bike none the less though!!
  • + 1
 haha maxxis957: i thought those renthal bars were badass also. finally, a respected mx company makin it to the mtb scence. i sence more of this trend in the future, taht bike is too sick by the way!!
  • + 1
 I read pinkbike news & reports mainly at work so I can't listen to audios. For me it’s better to read.)))) Good bike (I also don't ride flatbars). Gears 1x6 are rather good idea, should try it someday)
  • + 4
 loving the bikes low look... not so sure about that seat though
  • + 2
 You've obviously not ridden in thick mud then. I was at a race start of the year and when I sat down mid race I slid right forward on my seat because my pants were covered in mud along with my seat. It's a great idea. People have been zip tieing spike tyres to them for years. Now there is a properly made seat for it.
  • + 0
 sitting down in the middle of a race run huh? here is your problem
  • + 2
 dude, you have no idea how unfit I am!
  • + 3
 no excuse! fight the pain
  • + 1
 Anyone got the scoop on the cassette and freehub he is using? Looks like the Shimano Capreo small cogs. Did DT make a freehub that's compatible with Capreo or is it custom???
  • - 1
 people end up riding stupidly wide and flat bars because they think they look cool when at the end of the day they look like douches and i no someone hew found out peaty had bar extensions so he got some for atlas bars and made them like 820 flat its just another gay fad in biking so everyone get over it fml
  • + 2
 How did he make Atlas bars flat? did he have a big hammer and an anvil. I really dont think they will be safe to ride unless he heat treated them afterwards.
  • + 1
 This is my favourite dh bike setup by the looks of things. 6 gears and small chainring = perfect! the rest of the bike isnt't bad either... nice ride brendog
  • + 3
 Aye men about those flat bars!
  • + 3
 i think i may have to invest in a 2011 demo when their out (Y)
  • + 2
 88mph during a race run? I know these guys are pro n all but damn thats abit ambitious isnt it? Smile
  • + 1
 great bike, loved the audio!!! Flat bars are not cool, ahahahahah cracks me up!!
  • + 1
 So is anyone out there knowledgeable enough to answer the 30 tooth 104BCD chainring question? Hampsteadbandit where are you!
  • + 2
 the audio is a cool feature, i love those boxxers they look sick!
  • + 1
 k so wtf why do you need ass grip? you arent sitting down at all when you ride
  • + 2
 mtblocos1 hasnt seen back to the future i guess...kids these days...
  • + 1
 LOL Why dont they jsut make a saddle with a big stick for better grip? NO Im just kidding
  • + 1
 they're rockshox forks not marzocchi. its some special coating that doesnt last longs but super smooth i believe.
  • + 1
 Any body know when the demo 8 will be in carbon because you know they are going to jump on the band wagon sooner or later
  • + 0
 He's not saying that flat bars on their own are bad, it's people using flat bars with tons of spacers under the stem. They should get rid of the spacers and use a riser bar.
  • - 2
 I think we'd be better off letting the mechanics do these interviews.

He says he wouldn't run anything less then a 30mm rise bar, when he is running a 20mm rise bar. www.renthalcycling.com/File/product_fatbar.aspx Unless he has a one off that is a higher rise at 750mm... doubt it, I bet he has the 20mm version....

Then he misunderstands the interviewer, thinking he's implying that kids run a bunch of spacers under there crown to raise there flat bar. The interviewer is talking about his set up and then Brandon goes on to knock "stupid kids" for running a bunch of spacers... doesn't look good...

I don't think flat bars are "cool" or a good thing either, but to each his own. I just think this looks bad on Brandon and maybe pinkbike should have left that part out. It all started when CK knocked flat bars last week and now it's the "cool" thing to do. Not a good look for a pro/s.
  • + 2
 yeah... but,
who's opinion could you trust more than a wc racer about what works well? there is a trend of flat bars and he's taking the time to point out how its lacking in function as well as goofy looking. cheers to him for being straight up, thats more useful than protecting peoples feelings.
  • + 1
 Castle; I don't think you should criticize him until you learn how to spell his name.
  • + 3
 Castle; So you think Brendan should conform to the MX Style of interview and just say what everyone wants him to say? "So yeah season has been good. Now i'd like to thank all my sponsors"
  • + 1
 I'm saying it seems to me as if he doesn't know his own set up and I'd rather here from someone who does know; especially in a interview of this format. He's running 20mm rise bars not 30mm yet spews false info about the set up and then goes on to knock other peoples set up...

He's also running about 15mm worth of spacers under his top crown and then knocking people for doing the same. Listen to the interview again.

Yeah I think it shows a lack of professionalism. But on the other end he's only a "professional" mountain biker.. so what do you expect. He does seem like a good kid overall.

Tim, I don't want him to do that. I want to hear what he thinks I just think it looked/sounded bad.
  • + 4
 My two cents, as well as some clarification...

I personally love the candid feel to these sorts of interviews, especially when compared to soundbites that that are really just a sponsor prop list (although its good to say thanks!). I want to hear how a rider feels about something, not listen to him tiptoe around the subject and not be candid about it. I want to hear a pro's opinion, especially if he isn't hesitating to take the piss out of something.

About his take on flat bars, there is a bit of a misunderstanding. Brendan was referring to riders who have a stack of spacers under their crown, but are also rocking a flat bar, as well as the current trend to simply slam everything as low as possible just because. To each his own, I'm sure Brendan would agree with that, but it is important to think about your setup as well.
  • + 2
 I'm sure he probably is running a proto bar with different rise. It wouldn't be the first time a pro ran a product which isn't a production model... He takes the piss out of kids for running spacer, yet buying a flat bar when they could just remove the spacers.
  • + 1
 Mike and Castle; who the f*ck is Brandon?
  • + 2
 Soo Sweet. I wish i waited a 3 months and gotten this bike!!
  • + 1
 Your telling me!
  • + 1
 If a flat bar is so terrible, why is he riding a bike that shortened the headtube 4mm this year to GET A LOWER BAR HEIGHT?
  • - 2
 Yep flat and lowered bars obviously make no sence on world cup level courses duh!! Or any real downhill trail so all u youngsters keep ur bars up if u want to stay on ur horse cuz der ain't nobody drivin if ur front flip divin!! Lol. But I do believe that the wider bars do give much better stability at higher speeds and like the feel of them in the air. Pure moto steez 4 reals!! Had me makin moto soundsSmile I just bought some new spank evo 777s. They got a dope bend and great feel plus they look pretty sick on my whip$$$BLING$$$ thanks to Santiam bike shop in Salem Oregon. Cool shop and coo Katz work there.
  • + 1
 ive never gona over the bars with mine- touch wood ;D
  • + 1
 Strange the only times I went OTB on mine was when Id go with any - ie front wheel blocked on a boulder, tree or sth the way. 1 year on mine and no OTB problems. Brendogs comment is as much fashion as the ppl who go for flats. I went for my flats before most of the companies offered them and all the ppl bashed me for it but I like my front end as low as possible because most of the local tracks are flatter.
  • + 1
 fair enough , i think with any bars you would go otb if you hit stuff hard enough , i bet the bar company told him to say it to increase sales on thier product Wink
  • + 2
 Naaah its just a new cool thing to say and Brendog seems to laugh from most ppl setups that are different than his >>> Ie. At Canberra WChamps.
  • + 1
 No no no no..... I wanted more from that(but it was nice and all).... Thanks B!
  • + 2
 I think he means 88 km/h, not mph
  • + 1
 No way dude! Have you seen Brendan ride? He's like he's on a flux capacitor!
  • + 1
 un fucking believe able! still liken the old frames tho but SICK!!
  • + 1
 this seat from sdg looks very gay, haUHAUAa
  • + 1
 I would kill for that bike, not going to lie!
  • + 1
 why are the boxxers black?
  • + 3
 DLC coating RS has been experimenting with. Only top riders have it right now, it's super slick.
  • + 1
 I would like to know what the price of that fine bike is worth .
  • + 1
 Nice rig. Liking the colors this year.
  • + 1
 Definitely gonna buy a demo frame next season!
  • + 1
 thats a nice machine right there.
  • + 2
 OMG :O
  • + 1
 i love this bike so much im getting horney looking at this beautiful ride
  • + 1
 Love this Demo 8 2011, and the...new boxxer
  • + 1
 I like my RaceFace Atlas bars. Smile
  • + 2
 Renthals :O ! SICK !
  • + 1
 Did anyone see his stantions ? probably me but they looked f*cked.
  • + 1
 take a look at any of the high quality stanchions marzocchi uses and they're all like that too. stanchions like that come from moto forks, and its not bad to look like that I think, it's just how they are. I really want one of those forks in red. does anyone know when they might come out? 2011 or 2012 production model?
  • + 1
 It's just oil reflecting off the surface.
  • + 1
 yeah but it stains the stanchions, so those lines don't come off i think. my friend had a 888 wc that was like that. its just cosmetic though.
  • + 2
 It's the DLC coating rockshox has been experimenting with. I got the chance to play with a lyric that had the coating, feels good.
  • + 0
 love the black chrome look in the 6th pic!
  • + 1
 tyler, everything ive seen on 2011 boxxers say its staying they same on stanchions, there just changing the internals, DLC is probbly for 2012
  • + 1
 2011 stuff is already online. The coating may not be produced, is super expensive and is still in prototype mode.
  • + 1
 88mph... go watch the film 'Back to the future' and all will become clear!
  • + 1
 I'm wondering that... 88mph? never been in such a fast circuit, is that possible?
  • + 2
 sweet bike
  • + 1
 Is it just me, or do his ISCG mount bolts look loose and backed out?
  • + 1
 holy shit, do they ever look loose
  • + 2
 sick as fuck
  • + 1
 fairclouth, taking the PISS out of flat bars
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 they were actually serious about those seats...??
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 yea i wonder if you can buy them, cause there sick
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 yep you can
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 cool it shall be an early birthday present aha ;D
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 sick looking bike.
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 88 mph? no way he can do that during race! 88 kmph i can believe
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 To be fair he wouldn't even be able to do 88kmph that's 55 mph even down the smoothest of gradients! The guys doing tour di France was only hitting 100kmh on their 15lb bikes and a 52tooth chainring up front and that's on the road!
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 Back To The Future reference.
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 jep. No flatbar!!!!!!
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 Justin je bent zelf een flatbar
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 the old one looked better .
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 Dope dude
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 Sweet!
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 that boxxer i ick!
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 is sick
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 he's got a lisp dont be harsh
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 my s button wasnt working for some reason. haha.
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 thatsth disthpicable
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 "Flat bars are for cross country bikes, unless your running them 500mm's wide."
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 Haha, flat bars. Setup looks sick.
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 especially if you're running them 500mm wide
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 They work but only for flatter tracks and really no spacers. For steep tracks Rise is good. Though I have too agree - ppl with flat bars + spacers are silly.
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 yup completly agree with him on that subject
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 @spaced you're the only guy here thats aloud to talk about headset spacers
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 Spaced = not really. I like that I can choose the upsweep and backsweep just by tilting the bars. Plus they are lighter and stronger than bent bars. Why? Because bent bars use more material for the same width and the aluminium gets stressed when the material is formed into the bends.
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 I have to agree on the strength. Im suprised how many tree stops had taken without bending while most of my friends riser bars are a bit off line. Though it probably depends on the company - element technic FTW. 299g 760 and no problems after over a year.
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 that bikes pimp
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 couldnt agree with him more flat bars are shite!
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 I 3 that bike !! its like an SX and a DEMO in one !! LOVE IT !!
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 actually it's just a demo. hence the name of it. Razz
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 88 MPH? Holy shit.
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 think that may be a back to the future joke
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 They was taking the mick when saying 88 mph mate!
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 88 kmh 55 mph
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 yeah that may be true, but they did in fact say mph. just saying. it would make more sense if it were kmh though, or they were just exaggerating to get the point across.
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 Roads? Where Brendan Fairclough's going he doesn't need roads.
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 ...keep the BTTF quotes coming
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 flux-capacitor no punchline i just figured i'd type that
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 "lets see if you bastards can do 90"
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 Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a nice bike... out of a specialized?
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 1.21 Jiggawats!
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 He used his continuum transfunctioner DUH.
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 hahaha. thats funny.
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