Bike Check: Fabio Wibmer's Specialized S-Works Demo 8 - Crankworx Innsbruck 2018

Jun 18, 2018
by Ralf Hauser  


"I am your biggest fan!" cries the kid from the last row of the signature session at the POC booth. He's not the only one getting excited to see the YouTube star in person, as Fabio Wibmer constantly has to stop for a selfie or signature with a fan when he’s walking or riding along the event area at Crankworx Innsbruck. He’s a social media phenomenon, and few other riders at the event have a similar impact on the visitors.

His riding does the talking, and while he’s still best known for his inventive street trials escapades, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he can hold his own on a big bike, going massively sideways at the Whip-Off Championships or picking up an Austrian National downhill title on the side in 2016. Just as eye-catching as his bike handling skills is the bike itself. A custom painted Specialized S-Works Demo 8. With the new Specialized Stumpjumper for everyday rides, an Enduro model, and his Inspired Trials bike in the shed, he's got the right tool for every thinkable job.

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Fabio Wibmer // Specialized
Age: 22
Hometown: Oberpeischlach, Austria
Height: 6 ft 0.8 in, 185 cm
Weight: about 176 lb, 80 kg with clothing
Instagram: @wibmerfabio

Photo Johannes Berger
Almost too pretty to ride. Fabio's big hitter from his Fabiolous Escape 2 video. Photo: Hannes Berger

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Specialized Demo 8 Details
Frame: Specialized S-Works Demo 8
Shock: Fox DHX2 Factory, 203 mm
Fork: Fox 40 Factory, 203 mm
Wheels: Roval Carbon, 27.5"
Tires: Continental Der Kaiser Projekt 2.4, 27.5 x 2.4"
Drivetrain: Sram X01 DH, 7-speed
Brakes: Magura MT7 with HC3 lever
Cockpit: Renthal Integra 35, Renthal Fatbar Carbon 35
Size: L
Weight: around 15 kg
More info: www.specialized.com

bigquotesI like setting up my brake levers really low, especially on my trials bike. Apart from that, I generally prefer my suspension setup on the stiff side.Fabio Wibmer


Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
Yup, pretty sick. Some glitter here, lots of orange there, and running the compression setting on the Fox 40 almost at its max. Four to five volume spacers for a high progression in the fork make sure that Fabio doesn't bottom out on the big stuff. For jumps he's running 85 to 90 psi, for racing 70 to 75 psi.

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
The custom paint job of the S-Works Demo 8 frame comes directly from Specialized's headquarters in Morgan Hill.


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A camo paint job that anyone can dig.


Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
Magura MT7 stoppers with highly adjustable HC3 levers and 203 mm Storm HC discs front and rear. Fabio's using Magura's Performance brake pads - situated between the Race and Comfort options.

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
Roval's carbon wheels in 27.5" size keep the overall weight low with only 24 spokes in the front and 28 in the rear, but they survived all the abuse shown in Fabiolous Escape 2 and everything since. Air pressure in Conti's Der Kaiser tires is set to 1.7 to 1.8 bar front and rear.


Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
The green valve stem gives away CushCore tire inserts for flat prevention, shock absorption and secure seating of the tires. His feet are finding grip on Crankbrothers Stamp 11 Large pedals with pins extended out of the pedals as much as possible.

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It's going to be time for a new decal soon - Fabio Wibmer is already up to 1.2 million YouTube channel subscribers.

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
SRAM X01 DH carbon cranks with a 36-tooth chainring, e*thirteen LG1 chainguide and 7-speed cassette make up the drivetrain.

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
The Fox DHX2 rear shock is set up with a 525 lb. spring for jumping and a 475 lb. spring for downhill riding most of the time, with rebound on the fast side.




MENTIONS: @Specialized / @wibmerfabio / @hannesberger / @nr22




71 Comments

  • 49 0
 Wow, the thing that stunned me is that he’s only 22! Aaaaaaand he’s national champ for DH. The man is even more wild than I thought! That is sick!
  • 8 1
 Go check out his crash from Austrian DH Champs (I think?) last year, he's good at crashing too
  • 11 0
 One of the most talented riders of all time and creative too
  • 7 23
flag mollow (Jun 18, 2018 at 9:22) (Below Threshold)
 @poozank: here, take a chill pill.
  • 5 29
flag mollow (Jun 18, 2018 at 11:16) (Below Threshold)
 @allballz: I want to believe in global warming, but one detail doesn't sit well with me. You guys always list records that we broke that were 100 y/o, but if it was that hot back then, why? And wouldnt that mean that climate changes in cycles? Or is it uust because we've only been recording temperatures since 109 years?

Legit question
  • 3 18
flag headshot (Jun 18, 2018 at 11:19) (Below Threshold)
 @allballz: and down here we are having normal to above normal rainfall in our winter rainy season....
  • 15 0
 @allballz: Can you frig off with the spam!?
  • 3 3
 @mollow: it's the frequency of record smashing that highlights the concern.
  • 4 4
 @cmcrawfo: yeah, but if we recorded during the start of an ice age, records would be broken left right and centre, the same when coming out of one. Things change. We can’t do F all about it in the grand scheme of things. I do love to recycle and be as good as possible as every little helps, but I’m not naive enough for a moment to think that it’ll change course if we all give up meat, or driving fast cars.
  • 4 2
 @cunning-linguist: it doesn't even matter... everyone downvotes even the most reasonable response this kind of thing... I get it, it's a bike website, it's off topic, no one really gives a f*ck. Bunch of nialists.
  • 2 1
 @cmcrawfo: off my original topic too, how very dare they! :-) lols!

Yeah, one of those things. I suppose my MO is to care about it and do all that I can, but don’t let it ruin your time on the earth. :-)
  • 1 0
 Just interested in why my post got down voted. Open up geniuses ????
  • 3 3
 @headshot: just because a small region of the world doesn't feel it doesn't mean it's not happening everywhere else.


Also, cry me a f*cking river about your downvotes lmao, insecure much?
  • 2 3
 @mollow: hahahahaha You're one of the geniuses.
  • 2 1
 @allballz be gone fag
  • 30 1
 Awh that one chip on the rear chainstay just ruined my day
  • 13 0
 Yeah, toss the frame and get a new one! lol
  • 19 2
 Made my day, nice to see a bike that isn't just for show.
  • 3 2
 Dude that's a seat stay
  • 25 4
 how typical for e*thirteen LG1 chain guide. Half is missing. have the same on my bike and had to replace the clip with the screw. Shame on you e*thirteen.
  • 10 1
 Just contact their support at:
bythehive.com/pages/e-thirteen

They will be more than willing to send a new one for free.
  • 8 1
 I thought they look like this
  • 11 1
 I would like a Pinkbike Poll on who is still running chain guides.
  • 2 18
flag pogan (Jun 18, 2018 at 6:44) (Below Threshold)
 Im pissed off about mine, I had a crash during my DH race run 2 weeks back and it did not do anything to help with keeping my chain on, i have the LG1plus, and my chain came straight off the front chainring. I was in the top 10 fastest on the first split, and then i crashed and i had to go chainless the rest of the run, but I was top 15 fastest on the third and last split Wink thanks e13
  • 28 0
 @pogan: your right, totally e13 s fault you crashed!
  • 2 0
 i guess, if NW chainrings would not have been invented, there would be more microplastic on trails than on beaches in around a decade because of those "chain-guides".
  • 2 0
 Mine did the same just riding down Dirt Merchant. No wreck. Guys in the shop said it's common on these due to soft plastic or something. They said they run a zip tie over the top where it latches as a fix. So far so good on the new one...
  • 21 1
 Hey @alerion ! Check your inbox, we want to follow up with you regarding this. Our customer service team would love to help you out and get your sorted. Thanks!
  • 22 1
 @pogan: Hey Pogan! We're bummed to hear about your crash. Check your inbox, we want to help get you fixed up.
  • 8 1
 @ethirteen-components:

This is why I love your products! Outstanding svc.
Hubs, chainguide, wheelset, cranks and my fave valve stems... Love them all. They’ve served me very well thus far. No issues at all.
Thx e*thirteen!
  • 6 2
 @jdsusmc: yes the best customer service is the one you don't need
  • 5 0
 @ethirteen-components: hey i just got a letter from my HOA to mow my lawn, mind helping me out too?
  • 1 1
 @Beez177: yeah dude that is exactly what im saying, thanks for ur comment buddy
  • 11 0
 There's a good reason why Fabio has such a large following, the dude is Fearless, a bit crazy, and a skilled rider..
  • 8 0
 What is the nose extension on that?
  • 9 0
 Who nose?
  • 6 1
 Circus bike Smile
  • 2 0
 It's funny you should say that, because I have a commuter bike, and a mountain bike; and I literally just choose the mountain bike because it's more fun. Additionally the commuter bike is fragile.
  • 2 0
 @Kramz getchu a cheap shitty steel singlespeed for commuting, any cheap hi-ten frame should be durable as f*ck, and the components tend to be too. Road tires will be way faster than mountain ones (duh) and you'll save the wear on your mtb, and riding singlespeed everywhere will make you stronger.
  • 4 0
 @mnorris122: i built a commuter and never use it. I have two not very frequented stairgaps on my way to work and if i deviate by 3 km on my back way home i am at the start of a singletrack network.
  • 2 0
 A full DH rig for an 80kg rider with a 24/28 spoke configuration. Now I'm wondering if the classic 32/32 approach is overkill.
  • 1 2
 It's been said over and over, carbon rims dont need 32h, 28 is plenty. Come on man
  • 1 0
 @mollow: By who?
  • 1 2
 @alexdi: everybody but you
  • 1 0
 I'm a spoke guy, the wheels are the most fragile part of the bike. My road/commuter bike, the wheels are like wet noodles.
  • 1 0
 Just can't get past the brake cable routing. LH front brake makes it look so awkward. I wonder how far from a new Demo we are with that prototype breaking cover recently?
  • 1 0
 Where can you still get the yellow raceline Magura MT7 brakes ? They look so Sick
  • 1 0
 Glitter orange and camo green sick paint job there more ideas for my own bike when she gets a paint job lol
  • 1 0
 You should bike check the rig he rode in Out Of Mind:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2_nDekAyZY
  • 1 0
 One of my all time fave vids.
  • 1 0
 I find it interesting that there is no mention of what looks like new Roval DH carbon rims on his rig.
  • 1 0
 Looks like the frame is cracked at the BB????
  • 1 0
 I think it’s a piece of grass or something.
  • 1 0
 that front hub looks like XC :O
  • 1 0
 the paint job is pure North Carolina "Salamander".
  • 1 0
 Nice Bike Check about a very nice bike, thx!
  • 1 0
 That paint job! That entire set up Drool
  • 1 0
 Sick!!!
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