Our testers had pretty strong point of views when it came to fit as well as some handling elements. Cyclists reported that it felt cramped in the front, resulting in a strange position that left you either standing high with brief triangulation or reduced with your backside over the back as well as elbows down. It really felt a little high and also steep, not necessarily as a result of the angles, but because of a reasonably lengthy backside as well as brief front end.
This year, it has a brand-new carbon front triangular as well as swingarm and also a stiffer carbon top link. It has thoughtful touches like molded guards on both chainstays along with on the downtube, a threaded base bracket, and also fork stops with incorporated wire transmitting on both sides of the headtube. The front triangle utilizes a monocoque construction and also has been lost weight by 300 grams. Take off another 400 grams for the brand-new back side and also you've got a sub-8-pound DH framework.
Short chainstays keep the back wheel confined, a reduced base brace makes the bike feel like a slot automobile and also a low toptube provides lots of room to move around on the bike as well as commit weight where necessary. Each tester stated he promptly felt at home on this bike, due to the fact that in spite of being a radical extremist, the Demonstration 8 somehow has the manners of a moderate.
Every component on the Demo appears like it was hand-selected for its utmost intent, rather than draped as a second thought. Custom-made Avid Code X0 World Cup brakes using X0 levers as well as Code calipers show a compulsive attention to information. The drivetrain is a distinct 7-speed setup that utilizes a SRAM 9-speed shifter as well as derailleur on a micro 7-speed Shimano cassette. Why not simply give all nine gears? Our wager is that Specialized intended to bring Globe Mug details to Sunday combatants.
This is a durable bike. It feels like it could make it through being shaken off a 12-story roof into a carpeting made from ground mine. This makes it an optimal candidate for being a bike park daily motorist. Nonetheless, that brawn comes at a rate. Evaluating in at 40 extra pounds (with pedals and also tubes, straight out of package) this bike is very much in the heavyweight category.
The Gambler we were sent had a 275-pound spring on a Fox DHX RC2 back shock, something that appeared we should alter today. I evaluate 76KG (definitely not portly) and also I was blowing through the travel all too quickly (something that resulted in a destroyed chain overview taco on the initial lap). This weight of spring could match lighter bikers, but it wasn't enough for our requirements. When switched out for a 350-pound spring, points became much, far better. The bike was able to stay up in its traveling, not drag its base (bracket) on the ground or shed the front wheel somewhere right into following week.