10
Aug
2010

Video: Brendan Fairclough’s 2011 Specialzed Demo 8

8/10/2010 : sicklines

We got to check out Brendan Fairclough’s 2011 Specialized Demo 8  world cup race bike. Check inside for details and an interview with Brendan about his Demo 8 experience.

Brendan Fairclough’s 2011 Specialized Demo 8

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Brendan is 6’2″ and rides a medium production frame. Specialized sizing tends to run a bit longer wheelbase and short chainstays compared to most and Brendan feels comfortable on the medium right now. For 2011 they’ve also incorporated a XS size for smaller riders.

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The actual bike geometry on the Demo 8 is the same as 2010. Their riders liked the geometry so much from last year they felt there was no need to change it for 2011 but they’ve incorporated an adjustable chip in the rear yolk to allow for some adjustability (~10mm bb).

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Brendan is running a prototype 1×6 drivetrain. Specialized had worked with DT Swiss, SRAM, and e.thirteen to create a highly unique and custom drivetrain setup for gravity team riders. The drivetrain consists of a SRAM powerdome 6 speed 9t-17t cassette with a 30t  or 32t front chainring. Chainguide duties are performed by a modified SRS+ from e.thirteen. The freehub that the cassette rides on is a custom design from DT Swiss that is spaced specifically for this application. The whole setup gives a gear range much like a typical 11t-26t cassette with 36t chain ring but with much more clearance with the bash ring and chain guide.

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The obvious advantage of this drivetrain set up is that clearance is largely improved. The rider can run lower bottom brackets for better center of gravity and tackle obstacles much more aggressively. The other advantage is the amount of time spent shifting while riding. With this cassette design there are biggers steps between cogs so each shift does more for the rider. With bigger steps and less cogs the rider will spend less time making gear changes and focusing on the terrain ahead.  This setup isn’t ideal for every bike as a lot of downhill bikes are optimized for a 36-38t chainring but Brendan is liking this setup on his Demo 8.

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Brendan’s bike had a custom Rock Shox cable guide installed on the shock.

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Brendan is running the new Renthal handlbars with ODI grips and Blackbox shifting and braking components.

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Brendan was running the long Boxxer crown on his bike with a spacer to get his bars where he likes them. The new Demo 8 has a shorter headtube than last year allowing riders to more easily tweak their bar and stanchion height.

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Like all Black Box riders Brendans 2011 Avid Code brakes get a custom lever treatment.

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2011 Avid Code brakes.

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Brendan’s custom SDG saddle has seen it’s fair share of photo coverage from previous events. It works well for him and is designed to give more traction when things get muddy/wet.

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To find out more about the 2011 Specialized Demo 8, check back tomorrow for more coverage.

[Brendan Fairclough Specialized Demo 8 Gallery] [Specialized Website]


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