Demo 8 – Any opinions?
They have a good suspension action if you want a smooth ride but I’ve never got on with them. Very inefficent under pedalling, hard to throw around and not really a dh bike. They’re not bad but there is alot better out there if you’re going to be near a ski lift. It might be worth considering what brand will give you good support in your new location, ski lifts = alot of abuse.Posted 8 years ago
Ta chaps… on talking to a friend who has been out there working it seems the best trails are 30min downs and it isn’t as steep or gnarly as I thought so I might need something a nit more nimble.
In fact see here:5MB PDF Dirt article I’ll be living in Malaga. There is a lift, but it is expensive and they favor walkers!
Any suggestions, bike wise? Ether cheap new (I can get trade) or cheap second hand!Posted 8 years agoTreksterSubscriber
mate is selling a Kona Dawg and a RM Slayer. Another may still have his coiler frame lying about.
If you can get cheap trade why ask?
Reckon a simple single pivot bike would be best..Orange 5? Mate selling above has just bought one. We test rode it in Wensleydale/Hawes and it is a really nice bike.Posted 8 years ago
If you can get cheap trade why ask?
There is a bit of a gap between the cheapest you can get a bike at trade and a cheap second hand bike;
“Well known British brand DH bike”: £1840 inc VAT
Second hand DH bike: £1100
@djglover; I suspected as much and as I only weigh 65kg it may well be too beefy for me. I just wanted to try something different.Posted 8 years ago
Word has it that the next 224 (225) will have a rocker link.solamandaMember
Really? Seen a LOT of people riding them over here in the alps and they look very much DH.
Is that the real RHS?
Well, I’m not saying you can’t ride dh on them. But they definitely don’t have the handling feel of a dh specific bike. Other FSR dh bikes I’ve ridden do feel alot more stable than demos.Posted 8 years agomamadirtMember
flamejob – Member
Is this Demo 7 dodgy, or is my name Pope John Paul?
Dunno . . . but if it was a small I’d definitely be checking it out as it’s not far from me. To be fair, he/she has taken the trouble to clean it and take decent pics.
What about a Big Hit? Popped into Don Skene Cycles this weekend and was very impressed with the spec on this year’s Big Hit/SX Trail range compared to similarly priced Konas (of which I’ve always been a fan).Posted 8 years ago
Well that Demo 7 disappeared after I asked a question…. something smells!
if its anything like the prototype that rowan sorrell is riding around on at the moment it will have…
A little bird told me that Steve Wade only put the linkage on due to marketing pressures.
I think I want another 224, but its going to cost me £800 more than I want to pay.Posted 8 years agojobbyheidMember
On a tangent, the Benalmadena cablecar isn’t all that.. It’s 10E a go but I think you can get a year long pass, the run down is more suited to all mountain type bikes, there is some more downhilly stuff in the Montes de Malaga and near Mijas.. A couple of days with Switchbacks Downhill will get you up to speed!Posted 8 years agojamescaMember
demo 8’s are really good bikes, 06 models don’t have the frame cracking issues that was the very early ones 05 i think.
they are plush, strong, pedal well, stable and i don’t think that heavy. mine has a DHX5 and Ti spring with 888SL ATA’s and isn’t heavy at all.
maybe not the best looking bike on the market but for the money it would have to be up there with the best of them.Posted 8 years agogeetee1972Member
I never did get why people said that the Demo 8 (2005-2006) wasn’t a DH bike. I had one for two years and it never seemed to hold me back. I was ‘competitive’ at the Masters level and maybe if I was a pro-elite rider I’d feel the difference, but at this level, i.e. anyone on STW, I can’t see what it is about the Demo 8 that is so wrong. I regret selling mine. The bike I replaced it with is utterly sublime, but costs twice as much and probably isn’t any faster.
Of course, that’s not to say that people won’t ‘get on’ with the Demo 8 or any bike for that matter. It comes down to personal preference but that’s a long way from righting a bike off wholesale as not being more than capable of riding DH.Posted 8 years ago
@atlaz yeah… I’m interested!… though that Trek is very shiny
I actually like the look of the Demo.. but I may be able to persuade Mrs Flamejob that I ‘really need’ a new DH bike, and seeing that Specialized don’t bring the Demo in my money is on the Trek.Posted 8 years agomAx_hEadSetSubscriber
If you intend to go to Malaga, I’d check out what the local dealers are, I travel around Spain a lot and although roadies can find shops that sell just about any amount of bling, finding one that has a good range including high end mtb hardware is not so common. If you buy something needing bearings and servicing you might want to look at how easy it will be to get it serviced locally without lengthy waits while parts are sourced then fitted unless you are a handy mechanic with tools yourself.Posted 8 years ago
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