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Specialized Demo now Available in Aluminium

Yeah you read that right... groundbreaking design now in ali

Specialized Demo 8 – the review

Almost reverse engineering. Most bike companies make an aluminium version of their bike first and then go on to produce it in carbon, but Specialized have cleverly gone the other way.

There is no doubt that the carbon Demo 8 is one of (if not ‘the’) best downhill bikes on the market, and this new aluminium version can only help to cement its position, especially with a cheaper price tag. It will come in four sizes, two builds (one with Ohlins) and a frameset, but we will only be seeing the Demo 8 1 version here in the UK. At £3500, with a RockShox BoXXer RC fork, Fox Van RC shock it is sounding like a good buy (available middle of March).

And let’s not forget just how clever this single-sided design really is… it was truly revolutionary (and still is) when it first appeared last year. Of course this kind of technology has been used in other sports (one sided motorbike swingarms for example) but in bicycles (and especially at the extreme end of the sport) it is unheard of.

We had heard that an ali version was in the works, and we wondered just how far Specialized would take the original carbon design, would it just be a poor relation? It isn’t, it is a beauty; the engineering of the single-sided seat tube is very impressive. We are just waiting to confirm a few of the geometry specs and sizes, but all is looking good. And of course we are looking to get a test bike ASAP.

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DEMO ALLOY

WHAT IS NEW?

Do you remember when we nearly melted the Internet last year with a crazy, single-sided Demo Carbon that changed the way we look at downhill bikes? Its revolutionary construction, S3 geometry, and completely new FSR layout put it on top of World Cup podiums. Well, the Demo Alloy has the same killer formula, only now, it’s aluminium.

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UNIQUE FRAME

Before we’d even released the Demo Carbon, we knew we had to make it in aluminium. Making an asymmetrical, singled-sided frame out of aluminium, however, was no small task, but the engineering team worked hard to apply the signature look of the Demo at a more accessible price. It also has all of the amazing performance benefits of the carbon version, like internally routed cables, new FSR layout, and it’s still fully customizable for the riders with no new crazy standards.

More important than the features is that it has the geometry and handling riders have come to expect from the Demo & Specialized. Its S3 geometry was introduced last year, and it takes all of the sizing woes out of buying a bike. Now, you can buy the size you want based on how you want to ride — see below:

• All sizes have low standover and seat tube heights — no more hoping you can touch the ground. Short & Medium sizes share head tube heights, as do Long & Extra-Longs.
• Each size has its own reach measurement, making them truly unique sizes.
• Most importantly, they all have low BBs, slack head angles, and short rear ends.

PRICE: £3500

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