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 I bought this as my first DH bike and it is fantastic. I was used to riding rental bikes (mostly kona operators) and most were ok but as soon as I rode the Demo I was faster, hardly touched the brakes, and flew. I swore I f*cking took flight. The only thing I would change is put a better Boxxer on there.
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 Really smooth, quiet, well mannered bike. Excells at every aspect of Downhill as far as handling and weight go. Could be better in my opinion though. I'm 6foot2 220 pounds and i rode it all summer at whistler. The DHX would overheat and lose damping characteristics on long runs like garby to the bottom. i think something like a vivid or the new dhx rc4 would solve that though. The cockpit on my large would have felt better if it was effective 24" rather than 23.3" and if the bb was a 14" even i would have been more comfortsble too. I would buy this bike again and i will definetely buy the 2010 model that Sam and Brendan are riding for 2009 after hearing that their bikes are exactly like what i thought would make this bike better. This is all just nit picking though because the 2008 Demo 8 was the most fun DH bike i have ever ridden.
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 I own the 2010 model and absolutely love it! I run it pretty hard (possibly my ugly riding style haha) and it keeps up. the FSR is awesome however i think the brand and model of shock will make a big difference, i run the Fox DHX 4.0 and it does a good job but not as plush as demo 8's with the DHX 5.0 that i have riden (not that it has much to do with frame design), so all in all the bike is awesome, loves the steep trails as well as trails needing a bit of pedal power. if you want a well priced DH bike that has pro specs then go this. the only thing i would change is the forks, shock and brakes.
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 With a 888 RC3 and a DHX 5, this is the perfect DH bike for me. A bit heavy at the moment (around 18-20kg), but with some fine tuning it will be great.
The FSR works perfectly, on downhill trails i see the rocks and roots, I know that I'm going through them, but just can't feel a thing. Her belly is a bit low (I have the '07 model), so I have to watch out on larger obstacles, but otherwise there is no cons of this frame.

I recommend this to everyone, who wants a reliable downhill bike.
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 Excellent package at a great value, even so there are some parts that will need replacing after awhile.
Depending on the riding style you have you might find the rims will not last you very long. Personally I have had no problems with the rims but after two years the are definitely coming to the end of their life cycle. Most people replace them before that.

In my experience there is very little that could be seen as a real negative at this price.
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 This product is a smooth very easy to handle bike, but the huge problem is they haven't tried to save weight with anything its very heavy. There is no need for dual crown forks on this bike you can get 200mm travel out of single crown forks now. Like usual its a let down that Specialized have put the marzhocci 888s on there they have put rox shox boxxer forks on which aren't to amazing. The bike looks nice but I think specialized should of cut some corners with this bike instead of focusing on the big hit which is the better model if im honest.
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 o9 demo 8I. great bike. Regardless if its a 'demo' that word usually makes people cringe. i was one of those people until i rode my 09 demo 8. It was great as a stock bike but all you ABSOLUTELY need is rims/wheels. i upgraded the shock, bars, wheels, stem, pedals, and seat and its at about 39.5 lbs. It rides AMAZING. im not a big fan of chunder tires so when i switched i saw a huge difference for the better. If i would have had to pay full price on the upgrades it would have come out to around 2 grand in upgrades. but the stock bike itself would fully satisfy most riders. pedaling is better than a bighit but nothing special to be honest. it takes hardcore technical DH like a champ and corners with equal quality. the cockpit is TINY on any size which made me buy a new stem. (and because i want DM) a stem upgrade and seat adjustment solved that no problem though
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 I quite like it.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 Got this from insurance money after my Sunday WC. Have about 20 rides on it and 2 races and much prefer it to my Sunday. Long, stable, and plush. Pedals well. I have swapped out sever parts for weight and it's suprisingly light. Buy one.
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 INCREDIBLE! this bike is practically indestructable and is super fast and responsive. just slap on a new fork and bars and theres hardly anything else to change. but make sure you always grease the pivots and maintain it
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 I have a specialized Demo 8 and it is possibly the nicest dh bike i have ever ridden, and its not too shabby at freeride either. It's not too heavy but is strong as fek.
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 very fast, big air capabilities and great suspension






















































my cousin has one.
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 cool.....................................................................................................................,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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 realy good weighs almost nothing kinda i like verry much like alllott asdgfbjsdfljbsdflvhkiabvl;isjebvliashbvsdlifjbxsdfkljbvasvglsdfdfb
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 I ride my friend's demo 8 bike and it's absolutley incredible,shock,fork,brakes everyting working superbly.
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 Everything about this bike is perfect. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing.
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 incredible bike best bike i have ever owned and ridden, takes absolutely every thing you through at it. engineering triumph.
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 Not much to say just is one of the best.
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 Just the sweetest bike EVER!!!!!
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 sick!
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 AWEOMSE FREE RIDE BIKE
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 Excellent
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Specialized Demo 8 (MSRP $3700) — BUILT FOR STEEP TRAILS AND BIG AIR, our Demo laughs in the face of ruthless terrain with 7 and 8 inches of generous travel. Its top-of-the line Fox components, stable geometry with low central mass and insanely strong double ORE down tubes are competition-proven to withstand the most extreme abuse.

Custom Avid Elixir R brakes feature full hydraulic calipers, metallic pads and a big 203mm rotor in front and 185mm in back for awesome control in fast and steep situations. Elixir R levers have a tool-free reach adjustment feature for enhanced comfort.

8.2-inch travel M5 manipulated alloy frame features a cold-forged head tube, seat tube, bottom bracket shell, linkage points and center rib cage for off-the-charts durability. Adjustable geometry for situation-specific tuning.

32-hole DT Swiss F550 rims are custom for Specialized. 32mm width, eyelets and a sleeved joint bump up durability. DT Swisss Champion stainless spokes provide a true build and long-haul durability.

Specialized Hi-Lo hub features variable sized flanges for a perfectly tensioned, ultra durable wheel. A 20mm thru-axle on the front improves stiffness and steering precision, while the 10mm chromoly axle in back increases durability.

World-beating Boxxer Race fork with 203mm of plush, coil-sprung travel. Motion Control damping and external compression and rebound adjust help riders dial in performance for any course.

Angles are based on Low BB Setting.

Specifications Compare to other DH Bikes

Price $3,700
Travel 208mm
Rear Shock Fox DHX 4.0 coil 8.75x2.75", ProPedal and rebound adj., bottom out control and IFP pressure, S:450, M:500, L:550
Fork RockShox Boxxer Race, 203mm travel, motion control damper, alloy steerer, external compression and rebound adj., 20mm maxle DH thru-axle
Headset 1-1/8" Threadless, 13mm insertion alloy cups with OS lower cartridge and bearing
Cassette SRAM PG-970, 12-26t
Crankarms Truvativ Hussefelt, 170mm
Chainguide Gamut P-30 chain guide
Bottom Bracket Truvativ Howitzer XR, oversize sealed outboard cartridge bearing, 73mm shell
Pedals Specialized Lo-Pro alloy
Chain SRAM PC-971, 9-speed w/Power Link
Rear Derailleur SRAM X-9, 9-speed, short cage
Shifter Pods SRAM X-7, trigger, 9-speed
Handlebar Specialized Demo rise bar, 6066 alloy, 31.8mm, 6 degree up, 9 degree backsweep, 680mm wide
Stem Specialized Aggro stem, 35mm extension, OS 31.8, 4-bolt, forged
Grips Specialized lock on grip, alloy bar ends
Brakes Custom Avid Elixir R hydraulic disc, reach adjust, metallic pads
Hubs Specialized Hi-Lo disc, 20mm thru-axle, 32h. Rear: Specialized thru axle 135mm, hollow 10mm Cr-Mo axle w/ RD guard
Spokes DT Swiss Champion 2.0mm stainless, brass nipples
Rim Custom DT Swiss F550, 30mm, 32h
Tires Specialized Chunder SX 26x2.3", 60 TPI, aramid bead, cap ply, soft dual compound
Seat Specialized Enduro, 8mm hollow Cr-Mo rails, SL foam
Seatpost 6061 butted alloy, two bolt setback, 30.9x300mm

Dimensions

Size S M L
Frame Weight
Bike Weight 40.76 lbs 40.76 lbs 40.76 lbs
Headtube Angle 64 ° 64 ° 64 °
Seattube Angle 75 ° 75 ° 75 °
Headtube Length 120 mm 120 mm 120 mm
Chainstay Length 421 mm 421 mm 421 mm
BB Height 368 mm 368 mm 368 mm
BB Width 73 mm 73 mm 73 mm
Seat Post Diameter 30.9 " 30.9 " 30.9 "
Front Derailleur Width
HeadTube Diameter 1.125 1.125 1.125
Top Tube Length 520 mm 540 mm 554 mm
WheelBase 1168 mm 1196 mm 1213 mm
Standover Height 754 mm 759 mm 769 mm

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