Specialized Demo

  • Model2018 Demo 8
  • Star Rating (5)
  • RRP $5000

As mountain bikes continue to evolve, most of them are becoming lighter, more efficient and more versatile than ever before. Models such as the Specialized Stumpjumper and the Enduro are good examples of this progression, and the scope of riding that each model is now capable of compared to their predecessors is simply staggering. On the other hand however, you've got downhill weapons like the Demo. Rather than evolving into a more versatile bike, the Demo has simply evolved into an even more finely honed downhill race bike, capable of maintaining incredible speed on the roughest and steepest of racecourses. Piloted by the likes of Troy Brosnan and Loic Bruni to victory on the World Cup circuit, the latest Demo is an incredible piece of engineering that is built purely to go down the mountain as fast as possible. Want something that you can pedal around on as well? Then check out the Enduro. But for saddling up at a local downhill race complete with your full-face helmet and screaming down the trail as quickly as possible, then there ain't anything quite like being on a Demo.

Equipped with 200mm of travel front and rear, the Demo is the longest travel option in the Specialized lineup. Its frame and suspension platform has been updated over the previous design, with all pivots being located further down to help lower the bikes overall centre of gravity. The main pivot rotates around the bottom bracket shell, which helps to increase stiffness thanks to the massively oversized bearings, while a fat 1.5” diameter head tube provides a super strong junction for the dual-crown forks. Also unique to the demo is the single-sided seat tower, which offers a distinct aesthetic while also allowing for easier access to the rear shocks adjusters. The latest Demo is built around 27.5” diameter wheels, and geometry has been raked out with a 63.5-degree head angle that pushes the front wheel right out in front of you for masses of stability when the going gets fast and rough.

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At a glance

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    Riding typeDownhill/Freeride

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    Drive trainSRAM GX

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    Gear ratios1x10 Mountain

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    Frame buildAlloy Pro


  • 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
  • Fork RockShox BoXXer Team 27.5, coil spring, S: Extra soft spring, M: Soft spring, L: Medium spring, XL: Firm spring, 200mm of travel, Charger Damper, compression adjust, rebound adjust, alloy steerer, 48mm offset, Maxle Lite DH

  • Wheels Roval 27.5, alloy, 24mm internal width
  • Hubs Specialized disc, alloy flange & disc mount, sealed cartridge bearings, 20mm thru-axle, 32h
  • Tyres Butcher, DH casing, 27.5 b x2.5", 60 TPI, wire bead

  • Shifters SRAM X7, trigger
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM GX, Type 2.1, short cage
  • Crank Custom SRAM Descendant, BB30, 7050 alloy arms w/ Gamut bashguard, 165mm
  • Cassette SRAM PG-1030, 10 speed, 11-36 last three cogs removed
  • Chain SRAM PC-1031, 10-speed w/ PowerLink
  • Bottom Bracket SRAM BB30, 83mm

  • Saddle Body Geometry Phenom Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
  • Seatpost Specialized, 6061 alloy, 2-bolt clamp, 0mm setback, 30.9mm
  • Handlebar Specialized DH, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 27mm rise, 800mm, 31.8mm clamp
  • Stem Specialized Direct Mount DH Stem, two-piece, forged alloy, 45mm
  • Brakeset SRAM Guide RS lever and caliper, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 200mm rotor
  • Grips Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness


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