Of the six downhill bikes we evaluated in this year's Bible of Bike Tests, the Specialized Demonstration 8 II actually differed from the rest. All our testers agreed the geometry was best, and also they quickly felt at home on the bike. And also the grip? Unparalleled. See this video to figure out why the Demonstration pushed our testers to bill harder on our DH test track near Flagstaff, Arizona.
Is it a bike park daily chauffeur for somebody that wants a trusted, lively, do-anything bike? Or is it a race tool that could go on a diet plan to get the outright most of it? I would certainly state it's both. Regardless of what seem like extreme objections of the Bettor I actually, deeply enjoyed my time aboard it as well as was sorry to see it go. Extreme objections are simpler to hand out to bikes that we feel are so near greatness. I absolutely hope that the Bettor will certainly be spruced up soon. A little bit of weight loss as well as a tiny bit of a shape modification and also this bike would certainly be a classic. At the moment, it's just excellent.
The real standout of the show was the Öhlins TTX 22M back shock, made by the Swedish suspension firm especially around the Trial 8 (and Enduro Evo) solely for Specialized. The high-volume, twin-tube layout has a basic adjustment variety, with high- and also low-speed dials that keep the shock functioning within the able to be used variety of the bike.
The pedaling efficiency speaks to the Split Pivot affiliation style, which serves up reliable all-round traction and also rear-end rigidity. All this converts right into a ground-hugging machine, however, despite that, it begged to be removed the ground. Aboard the Wilson, we were inspired to launch dives and dedicate to success.
The Pulse swiftly became known as the brawler of the lot. You didn't have to fret about it not having the ability to take a strike, although you did have to bother with it hitting back. You had to maintain the 'Eye of the Tiger' on it, loosen up and also leave the back. Then it became doubtful about that was riding which. Remain on top of it, however, as well as you were rewarded with a stable, speed-hungry monster.
Nonetheless, we had a lot of time to adjust our riding style to fit the Bettor as well as what we located was a bike that, once you would certainly mastered it, felt like a buddy ... one that prefers to cut loose and also create mayhem all too often.
The bike's suspension performance can be placed down to having a high main pivot which functions well for success as well as square side bump absorption (rearward axle course). In addition to that making use of the Floating Link suspension style creates a suspension contour which is direct for the first HALF as well as dynamic through the last half of the traveling, enabling great little bump conformity and also boosted assistance when the route demands or when a cyclist presses on the bike (preloading on departure, for example).
Devinci's downhill beast feels comfortable from the first pedal stroke. The brief 430-millimeter chainstays paired with the low standover instilled confidence to toss this bike around on rugged terrain. For a downhill bike, the Wilson pedals effectively, as well as cranking from corners was simple and also pleasurable in contrast to some of the various other DH bikes we evaluated.