The 2023 Specialized Demo Race Downhill Mountain Bike has a new flexible wheel-size frame design that allows riders to take advantage of a 29-inch front wheel and a 27.5-inch rear wheel, it’s a special blend that’s long been tested by World Champ Loic Bruni looking for the perfect balance of traction and maneuverability, but only just green-lighted by the UCI this past year. An adjustable rear end still allows you to change between 27.5 and 29-inch wheel sizes based on terrain and riding style while also adjusting for proper chainstay length and bottom bracket height.
Blazing fast on tough tracks, the Demo Race suspension design has been developed around a more rearward axle path that reduces rear-wheel hang-up, increasing speed instead. Top-shelf suspension from Ohlins takes advantage of the most proven suspension kinematics on the World Cup circuit, and SRAM’s DH-specific XO1 drivetrain has you covered from the start gate to finish line.
Downhill racers looking for the fastest bike on the market. With top shelf components and the flexibility to run the wheels that best suit each course.
Specialized have been making mountain bikes for nearly as long as there have been mountain bikes. Models like the Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have been staples of the range for decades with the technology being updated and refined every year. The 2022 Specialized mountain bike range has bikes for all kinds of mountain bikers with prices ranging from £500 to over £10,000.
All Specialized mountain bikes are ‘beyond gender’. Although they are technically unisex, Specialized tend to fit more female friendly saddles on the smaller size bikes and more male friendly saddles on the larger bikes. These can easily be swapped out to suit preferences.
Specialized is one of the best-known quality bike brands in the world. Started by a group of riders in 1974. A fact which has guided their decision making ever since.
" Made for riders, by riders."
They strove to make the best quality tires when quality tyres weren't around. When people wanted to ride cruisers in the dirt, they made the first production mountain bike. When roadies wanted to go faster, Specialized doubled down on carbon and built their own wind tunnel.
Bikes like the Allez, Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have developed followings and reputations of their own. Specialized has a reputation for making high-end, high-quality bikes. Specialized bikes always look great with high-quality paint and sensible sizing hel0s you get the right bike each time. If you buy a Specialized bike you can be guaranteed it will do what it is supposed to and will last.
Mountain biking is an incredibly diverse sport. Mountain bikes now come in three main flavours. They are XC, Trail and Enduro.
XC – short for cross country, are quick race bikes. They will normally have 29” wheels and come with 100mm of suspension. If you are mainly going to be riding bridleways and natural trails in the South East of England, where our shops are, an XC bike will be the quickest and most efficient option.
Trail – these bikes are designed to be pedalled up and down hill and for use on bridleways and natural trails, but also at dedicated trail centres. They normally come with 130mm or 140mm of suspension travel and can have either 27.5” or 29” wheels, but 29” is quickly becoming the norm. Trail bikes are good all-rounders. They won’t be as fast as an XC bike on the flat but they can handle a lot more challenging terrain, and a few jumps. If you plan on taking your bike to trail centres in Wales, or to the Alps, then a trail bike may be your best option.
Enduro – enduro racing is a thing in and of itself but many people buy enduro bikes for ‘aggressive’ trail riding and uplift days at places like Bike Park Wales. This generally means challenging downhill trails with some big jumps. With around 160mm of suspension travel enduro bikes can take some big hits. They are designed to be efficient enough to pedal up hills but really come into their own when pointed downhill. You get enduro bikes in either 27.5” or 29” wheel sizes as well as mullet setups of 29 at the front and 27.5 at the back.
Nearly all the mountain bikes we sell are now unisex. All of the big brands have gradually stopped doing dedicated men’s and women’s bikes over the last few years. Instead they are focussed on producing bikes in a bigger range of sizes. So, for instance, the Trek Marlin 5 is a unisex bike that now comes in sizes from XXS to XXL large. This means it will fit riders from 4’ 5” to 6’ 5” and everything in between.
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|Frame||M5 alloy, Style-Specific DH Geometry, horst pivot flip chip for 27.5 or 29 rear wheel, BSA threaded BB, full internal cable routing with option for full external brake, 148mm rear spacing, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, 200mm of travel|
|Rear Shock||Ohlins TTX 22 M Coil, external rebound adjust, external high and low speed compression adjustment, Trunnion mount, 225x75|
|Fork||Ohlins DH38 M.1 29, TTX Twin Tube Damping, external low speed rebound adjust, external high and low speed compression adjustment, 20x110mm, 58mm offset, 200mm of travel|
|Stem||Renthal Integra35, Direct Mount Stem, 45mm length|
|Handlebars||Renthal Fatbar35, 5-degree upsweep, 7-degree backsweep, 30mm rise, 800mm, 35.0mm|
|Front Brake||Magura MT7, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 203mm|
|Rear Brake||Magura MT7, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 203mm|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X01 DH, 7-speed, trigger|
|Shift Levers||SRAM X01 DH, trigger, 7-speed|
|Cassette||SRAM X01 DH, 7-speed, 10-24t|
|Chain||Sram PC1130 w/ Powerlink, 11-speed|
|Crankset||SRAM X01 DH, DUB, carbon, Direct mount ring, 165mm|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB, 83mm|
|Rims||Roval 29" Alloy DH, 28mm internal width, 28h front, 32h rear, tubeless ready|
|Front Hub||Alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 20x110mm, 28h|
|Rear Hub||DT Swiss 350, SRAM XD freehub, 6-bolt disc, high-low flange, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm spacing, 32h|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Competition, stainless steel, 14g|
|Front Tire||Butcher, GRID GRAVITY casing, GRIPTONÂ® T9 compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"|
|Rear Tire||Butcher, GRID GRAVITY casing, GRIPTONÂ® T9 compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5x2.3"|
|Inner Tubes||Standard, Presta Valve|
|Saddle||Body Geometry Henge DH, hollow titanium rails, 130mm|
|SeatPost||Thomson, alloy, straight, 12-degree clamp|
|Seat Binder||Specialized Alloy, 34.9mm|
|Colours||GLOSS MIDNIGHT SHADOW / MIDNIGHT SHADOW METALLIC FADE / VIOLET GHOST PEARL, SATIN SMOKE / COOL GREY / BIRCH OVER DUNE WHITE / OBSISIAN|
|Sizes||S2, S3, S4|
|Barcodes||888818867417, 888818867424, 888818867622, 888818867936, 888818868094, 888818868315|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||94523-1002, 94523-1003, 94523-1004, 94523-1102, 94523-1103, 94523-1104|
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