Since Demo came out, people seemed to have been divided into two groups. Those who rode Demos and liked them, and those who didn't ride them and regarded these either huck or freeride bikes (e.g. not DH worthy). Let's face it. No one I ever knew was complaining about the ride quality of these frames, provided they rode the correct size. Having test ridden one, I have to confirm that for its high speed stability (slack, long), the chassis was quite lively and held the lines well. I mean yeah, for most of us, the small size is long enough and a large is probably going to be much too long for anyone but the tallest, but then again it's a DH frame. The seat is also pitched more forward which requires use of a layback post. But apart from this, and considering it's much cheaper than comparable boutique frames, why does the majority seem to mistrust the Demos by default? This thread has nothing to do with Sam's team riding for Specialized. There's been a thread or two discussing this recently on RM. While I believe Sam can choose any sponsor he points at, and he is more than capable of telling a good frame from the average, he needs to earn money in the first place, so his choice is not relevant.