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Ken Block’s Specialized Carbon S-Works Demo 8

The Gymkhana King's Downhill Beast

Ken Block is the undisputed King of “getting ‘ere sideways” (if in doubt watch the vids below). He was over here in the UK for his race series ‘Gymkhana GRiD’ at the Santa Pod Raceway. Now if you have never heard of Gymkhana GRiD then here is what it is all about (taken from the Gymkhana GRiD website):

“Gymkhana GRiD is Ken Block’s own style of Gymkhana autocross – a form of motorsport where drivers must negotiate a high-speed precision driving course with a pre-determined sequence of drifts, figure 8s, donuts and slaloms. Gymkhana requires not only physical driving skills, but also mental training, as drivers must memorise the course and sequences with an aim of setting the quickest time.”

Ken and Steve posing at Aston Hill for Peaty’s Instagram page.

Now you may not know this but Ken Block is a super keen mountainbiker too. During his visit he met up with fellow Monster Energy athlete Steve Peat and they went for a blast on the DH bikes. Photographer Simon Nieborak was present and got these shots of Ken’s super sweet carbon Specialized S-Works Demo 8 downhill bike.

Frame: S-Works Demo8 Carbon – 200mm travel
Fork: Fox 40 Air – 200mm travel
Shock: Ohlins TTX Coil
Wheels: Roval Traverse SL Fattie 30mm wide Carbon 650b
Front Tyre: Specialized Butcher DH 650b
Rear Tyre: Specialized Slaughter DH 650b
Drivetrain: Full Shimano Saint 1x, 170mm cranks, 200mm brakes
Cockpit: Renthal DH Fatbar Carbon, Direct Mount Stem
Grips: Specialized Sip Grips XL Cyan
Saddle: Specialized Phenom 143mm Hollow-Ti rails
Seatpost: Thomson Elite Alloy
Pedals: Specialized Boomslang Platforms

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