If you’re looking for a more economical way to get into the Specialized Demo Gravity lineup, the Demo 8 I, II, or a Demo 8 frameset might be just what you’re looking for. Check out the details inside on the Demo 8 II, and Demo 8 I.
Demo 8 II with Ohlins TTX22m
The Demo 8 II is the top end aluminum Demo offering for 2014. Specialized has opted to equip this bike with the Ohlins TTX 22m shock as well. This shock was developed in partnership with Ohlins and is also on the S-Works Demo models and Enduro Expert EVO.
Key takeaways with the Ohlins partnership was to provide consistent damping, simple adjust, proper range, and better spring selection (~24lb increments) to properly set the sag rate. The Ohlins TTX shock features a twin tube design to help separate compression and rebound as well as improve damper response. With 16 LSC, 3 HSC, and 7 LSR settings available on the TTX this range of adjustability is designed to keep riders in the right damping range.
WHAT MAKE S THE ÖHLINS TTX SPECIAL? TTX is the only shock technology that truly offers low hysteresis damping performance. This translates into a ride
quality of bump absorption and traction that is unmatched in our industry today. This performance gain is substantial and easily appreciated by the rider as straight line stability and corner speed improves dramatically. The shock uses Öhlins patented twin-tube design to separate compression from rebound, and has been custom made for only Specialized.
The TTX also uses spherical bearings on the forward shock mount to allow the shock to rotate while the bike is under side-load, an advancement proven in the motocross industry by greatly improving cornering traction on rough terrain.
Watch the video below to learn more.
Video: Specialized // Ohlins
In addition to the Ohlins shock that offers a custom tuned ride with settings designed to keep you in the right range of adjustability , the Demo 8 II also comes with the narrower 135mm rear end and micro drive 7 speed setup.
7 Speed Microdrive setup
This micro drive setup allows you to run a smaller 32t front chainring that give you more ground clearance as well as more rear end clearance due to the narrower rear end. Sizes still remain S, M, L and geometry remains the same. The Demo 8 II also gets 780mm wider bars for 2014.
Demo 8 II - wide bars
Demo 8 II Complete Details:
Manipulated M5 alloy FSR frame with mag link has 200mm of rear wheel travel, an oversized forged head tube, and 135mm rear end with suspension linkage engineered for the world’s toughest terrain
In a groundbreaking partnership, Specialized and Öhlins suspension have teamed up to develop the best performing bike and shock combination. The TTX22M shock uses Öhlins patented twin-tube design to separate compression from rebound
RockShox Boxxer World Cup has 200mm of air-sprung travel, and features extreme tuning capabilities with high and low-speed compression and rebound adjustments, and a 20mm Maxle thru-axle
SRAM X0 9-speed rear derailleur and micro 9-20T cassette provide lightweight and accurate shifting performance
SRAM X0 DH crankset with carbon arms, 32T chainring, PF30BB, and Gamut bash guard is built with speed and durability in mind
Roval DH rims are 30mm wide, laced with DT Swiss spokes to Specialized front hub with 20mm thru-axle and custom DT Swiss 135mm rear hub to create a reliable, and super strong wheelset that easily handles big hits
Specialized Butcher DH 26×2.5″ soft dual compound front and rear tires offer great traction with Specialized DH Factory Team approved tread and a bombproof casing
The Demo is also available in a lower level Demo 8 I trim as well with a FOX Vanilla shock. You don’t get the slimmer 135mm rear end with the microdrive setup however. It uses the 150x12mm rear end.
Demo 8 I
Demo 8 I
If you’re looking for a aluminum frameset, Specialized will be offering the aluminum Demo with the Ohlins TTX shock.
Demo 8 Frameset
Demo 8 FSR II $6,600
Demo 8 FSR I Carbon $5,500
Demo 8 FSR I $4,400
Demo 8 FSR Frame $2,800