Troy Brosnan's Crankworx Edition Demo 8 - Whistler 2016

Aug 19, 2016
by Richard Cunningham  

Troy Brosnan and his custom painted Whistler Crankworx edition Specialized Demo 8

Troy Brosnan was hanging out at Lift Coffee in Whistler Village with the Demo 8 that the folks at Specialized customized for Whistler Crankworx this year. Brosnan's kit and helmet were also matched to the bike - down to his shoes. Beyond the paint scheme and the fancy kit, Specialized decked out Troy's race bike with color-matched anodized titanium and aluminum hardware. Brosnan's customized kits and race bikes have become a signature trademark this season.

Troy Brosnan and his custom painted Whistler Crankworx edition Specialized Demo 8
Carbon Dissident helmet.
Troy Brosnan and his custom painted Whistler Crankworx edition Specialized Demo 8
Matching 2FO clipless shoes, including laces and eyelets.

Troy Brosnan and his custom painted Whistler Crankworx edition Specialized Demo 8
The simple color scheme plays well with the Demo's one-sided shock.

Troy Brosnan and his custom painted Whistler Crankworx edition Specialized Demo 8
Titanium stem bolts.

Troy Brosnan and his custom painted Whistler Crankworx edition Specialized Demo 8
Titanium rotor screws.
Troy Brosnan and his custom painted Whistler Crankworx edition Specialized Demo 8
Rainbow-anodized screws for all the controls.

Troy Brosnan and his custom painted Whistler Crankworx edition Specialized Demo 8
Anodized aluminum spacers and titanium caliper bolts.

Check out more photos of Troy's Crankworx-edition Demo 8 in the gallery.

MENTIONS: @Specialized / @SramMedia


  • 154 1
 Damn, I certainly wouldn't mind getting a new custom S-Works Demo frame every other week.
  • 61 3
 No kidding. Completely deserving of it though
  • 2 0
 If be happy with just one!
  • 5 26
flag jrocksdh (Aug 20, 2016 at 18:03) (Below Threshold)
 Unless it was pink and fugly like that!
  • 72 10
 I don't know about this bike, I heard a concentric BB pivot is really dangerous.
  • 72 2
 Protour strikes again...
  • 11 5
 How is it dangerous ? haha
  • 5 1
 Good question.
  • 21 4
 Protour is on the Trump ticket now, so he ain't got time for your snide remarks.
  • 3 4
 Many people are saying ProTour was just being sarcastic
  • 56 5
 Can I borrow that for the pride parade?
  • 47 1
 All that AG money paid for Bruni, Vergier, Iles and 7000 frames for Troy Brosnan.
  • 8 0
 That move was a good business for everyone, except for LaPierre.
  • 5 0
 Mayby thats why they couldn't pay Gwin what he want Smile
  • 36 1
 Troy gets more custom frames than any WC racer I've ever seen. Or is it just me?
  • 17 2
 No I think he does. That and Loic. I like Loics bikes more though.
  • 5 1
 these custom frame thing makes me want to buy a demo since the beginning of the year.
  • 16 0
 Peaty has had a bunch in recent years too.
  • 2 0
 Peaty FTW ... The cow bike in lenzerheide was.. Dont even know what to sayBig Grin
  • 1 0
 @RedBurn: unique to say the least
  • 1 0
 @RatHunter83: yes true
  • 1 0
 @zede: Sounds like they are doing their job.
  • 33 6
 Annnnndddd the rent Renthal's color ruins it again. Haha
  • 5 3
 Never understood why they didnt propose other colour choices!
  • 8 4
 @RedBurn: they've been that way for 20+ years and are the only bar that can be noticed just by their color. Why change it just so joeys can color coordinate their bikes? That's played out anyways.
  • 4 6
 @FindDigRideRepeat: imo its a fail! No doubt they would sell more if more colours were available! Do you particully want your bar to be recognized ? Big Grin joeys joke was good buddy!
  • 4 4
 @FindDigRideRepeat: I mean black is played out AF right?!

Calling people Joey's and whatnot...gtfo
  • 6 1
 @RedBurn: I don't care if the bars I have are easily recognized, but renthal does. It's good marketing.
  • 4 2
 Renthal's color is the result of using type III hard anodizing on all their parts opposed to type II used on most others. Type III is much harder than type II and cannot be colored to the same effect as type II. Type III is what you see on fork stanchions prior to any surface coating. I'll take tougher ano over pretty colors any day.
  • 1 0
 @FindDigRideRepeat: unless its black
  • 1 0
 @b-mack: rad info.seriously......
  • 1 0
 @stacykohut: thanks bro, nice to let out all this crap in my brain and let others use it once in awhile...
FYI, type III Is also significantly thicker than type II which is another reason it's so tough.
  • 1 0
 @b-mack: being thicker do you have to take that into account when doing cnc parts?

  • 1 0
 @b-mack: there are stanchion colors of all sorts. Why don't they all look like Renthals?
  • 3 0

You can make it whatever color you like?
  • 1 0
 @stacykohut: I would assume they would have to as the difference is pretty significant (.002" vs .0006 I've seen listed) but the thickness can be controlled to a degree as well. Precision machined surfaces are not usually anodized for this reason (i.e. pressed bearing bores, etc..)
  • 1 0
 @schofell84: it's my understanding that type III can be colored to an extent but it doesn't produce the bright, popping colors of type II. It often ends up dull and thin. Plus there's an "industrial cool" to the natural color of type III that a lot of manufacturers play on for sure.
  • 1 0
 @schofell84: type III hard ano is that "dull gold" color typical of quality aluminum stanchions. Some cheap stanchions are simply steel with a type of black oxide to keep it from rusting or chrome plating. Aluminum stanchions can be plated with nickel (Marzocchi), or hard anodized and then top coated with kashima, secret black stuff, or other secret espresso stuff (fox, rs, marzocchi).... There's lots of ways to skin a cat but type III hard ano forms the base for the aluminum stanchions because it toughens up the material so it can take the wear of seals and bushings running on them. This is all at least my understanding....a lot of these treatments are pretty proprietary and secretive so it's possible they are combining them into single treatments.
  • 1 0
 @b-mack: kasima just mixes in molybdenum disulfide to the ano bath from what I understand. The large molybdenum elements fill in the porosity of the hard ano surface while making tiny catch pools for oil to colllect. The rockshox black ano is just a color treatment- black is the easiest color to dye type III ano.

I think the marzocchi stuff is a teflon based secondary treatment. From what I understand on motorcycles this is sometimes considered inferior to just type III in the long run. I am not sure that is completely relevant to MTB since all our bushings are covered in teflon, not super precise metal machine work like motorcycles.

There is also black diamond treatment, the longest lasting and best overall, but it costs more than MTB forks to have done.
  • 18 2
 I know this is not a review, but it would be awesome to include the following info when doing bike checks:

Rider height & weight
Frame size
Tire pressure (if they want to give that info out)
Suspension set up (if they want to give that info out)

We love these articles for the details, and it would be awesome if PB could include these details every time.

Hugz & kissez Smile
  • 2 10
flag WAKIdesigns (Aug 20, 2016 at 2:53) (Below Threshold)
 yeah Pinkbike, what the hell? Reach, wheel base and cs length or gaeeeeet ooout! Big Grin

Ka-brap I'm not sure he knows his suspension setup as well as his mechanic and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that... I'd rather see a good video from testing session with Troy and RS tech guys.
  • 16 0
 2010, 2011 junior dh world champ
2010, 2011 junior world cup overall dh champ
2010 oceania junior dh champ
2014 fort bill dh champ
2014 bronze world champs dh
2014 3rd overall world cup dh
2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Australian dh champ

.........and lots of nice bikes :-)
  • 13 0
 That's a Cosby Sweater if ever I saw one!
  • 6 3
 @cunning-linguist: No, Bill. Pretty sure Bing Cosby wasn't a rapist.
  • 5 0
 @CRAFTY-P: bing crosby. A white singer. Commonly wore a suit and tie. Pretty much the exact opposite of bill Cosby haha but maybe bing liked jello pudding pops?
  • 10 0
 Willy wonka and the bicycle factory!
  • 6 1
 Finn iles is on the same frame isn't he??
  • 2 1
 @Pedro019: yeah I saw him in whis on an enduro then the next day on that demo and thought maybe his demo hadn't arrived so he was just borrowing it from troy?
  • 1 0
 @Bennnnnnnybike: surely not
  • 5 0
 Rainbows Cupcakes and Unicorns!!
  • 6 2
 Can someone explain to me what's so good about Renthal bars compared to other brands?
  • 2 1
 Gwin uses them. Oh and braaaaap!
  • 1 0
 It comes down to the attention to detail they pay to tuning the flex characteristics. All of their bars ride the same from aluminum 31.6 to carbon 35's and they are not harsh like Easton and others.
  • 1 0
 @salespunk: They feel right and add that moto touch to any build.
  • 1 0
 @Schy: I'm guessing not like "carbon" right, but still better than "regular" alloy ones, or you're not talking about some kind of dampening capabilities?

Since feeling "right" is pretty subjective, It's impressive that so many riders have the same great opinion about Renthal bars, which is what makes me wonder how do they do it.
  • 1 0
 they say renthal
  • 1 0
 @Deartist7: They put a ton of testing in, ride them all and get subjective feedback. Then the do the same process all over again and again and again.
  • 5 0
 Looks like he should be sponsored by Crayola
  • 1 0
 Or rainbow bright
  • 1 0
 What are the benefits of Ti bolts?

I get some bolts corroding annoyingly often (don't live far from the ocean, plus I sweat a ton and it gets everywhere) and would be tempted to get some if only for the corrosion resistance. Right now my stem bolts, seat post clamp, and lock on grips are the places where I could use them really. Not sure the price would be worth it over buying replacement steel bolts.

Also, that bike is incredible. I love the new paint jobs he gets on his bike so often. What is especially crazy, aside from the frequent frame paint jobs, is all the accessories that go with it! Shoes and jerseys and helments oh my!
  • 2 1
 Amazing how much money the big companies spend hooking up their riders with really cool custom bikes!!! It's be even cooler to see a gallery with all these custom bikes, from all brands
  • 11 8
 I am the only one who find his bikes horrible?
  • 3 0
 Reminds me of the crayon etchings we used to do as kids.
  • 10 8
 Those lawsuit winnings getting put to use like no other time before
  • 2 0
 Looks like Walt Disney VOMITTED all over his bike and kit!
  • 2 0
 Should have done wheels and fork to go with the frame and other stuff
  • 1 0
 Similar colour scheme to the Avalanches Wildflower album, also from Oz, coincidentally.
  • 1 1
 Since when did mountain bikers start caring so much about colors and matching kits, seems like we are turning into roadies...
  • 1 0
 The color is personal opinion, but that frame with the half side thingy is the hotest frame I have ever seen
  • 2 1
 If i rode this bike with that kit. They would call me tbe raunbow poney.
  • 1 0
 What Troy does do with all that equipment and bikes?
  • 4 0
 Look back on the pictures of Graves' garage to get an idea
  • 1 0
 Screams Punky Brewster of the 80's. Loving it.
  • 2 1
 nice s-works paint always dope
  • 2 1
 I clicked on this article to get a boner. Not disappointed.
  • 1 0
 Visit west hollywood much? Cool if ya do
  • 1 0
 20th century, purple ti bits. Memories.
  • 1 0
 all of troy brosnans bikes this year are really sweet
  • 1 0
 I would bang so many fat chicks with that bike
  • 1 0
 Did you get his final height RC ?????
  • 1 0
 Wow.....chick magnet
  • 5 1
 9 years old chick,maybe.
  • 13 0
 @nozes: and their hot mamas behind
  • 1 0
 Very psychedelic!
  • 1 0
 Damn sweet!
  • 1 0
 So pretty!
  • 1 0
 "Follow my nose..."
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