A lot of our testers were stunned at the flight quality of the Condition II as well as promptly felt comfortable on it. At 38.5 pounds, it's definitely not the lightest of the bunch, however that really did not keep it from feeling extremely lively and also lively. The cockpit really felt spot-on as well as the bike's intuitive geometry offers it a secure, yet maneuverable feeling.
Short chainstays keep the back wheel confined, a reduced bottom brace makes the bike feel like a port vehicle and a low toptube supplies plenty of space to move around on the bike as well as commit weight where necessary. Each tester said he instantly felt at home on this bike, because despite being an extreme extremist, the Demonstration 8 somehow has the good manners of a modest.
Suspension setup was easy as well as damping control was basic yet effective, with a wide range of adjustability, from pogo-stick fast to molasses sluggish. Improvements? A lot more effective brakes would have been nice. The Potion 5s are powerful for route brakes, yet not sufficient for downhill gears.
Wide Funn bars and direct mount stem, Fox 40s, Shimano Zee groupset, all excellent. The Zee brakes and also drivetrain are totally similar to it's extra costly Saint brother or sister. Schwalbe Muddy Marys? Although not a negative tire, they do gauge in extremely broad and bubbly, making it really feel a little bouncy as well as not as foreseeable as some. Schwalbe's Magic Mary could be the ticket.
This is a heavy-duty bike. It feels like it can survive being shaken off a 12-story roofing into a carpeting made from land mines. This makes it an excellent prospect for being a bike park daily vehicle driver. However, that brawn comes with a cost. Evaluating in at 40 pounds (with pedals as well as tubes, right out of the box) this bike is quite in the heavyweight group.
Specialized didn't stint the Condition' parts, either. Its 2.3-inch Butcher DH tires are fast-rolling and also instilled self-confidence in dry, wet, hardpack as well as loose conditions. The RockShox Boxxer RC fork and Fox Van RC shock are additionally solid selections.