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Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by SBDownhillRacer, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. SBDownhillRacer

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    would you rather have a demo 8 with a dhx anda titanium spring or a demo 9 with a dhx air. it would be mainly for trail riding but also jumps and drops
     

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    quickneonrt Turbo Monkey

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    Demo 8 w/dhx and ti spring. I have a demo9 w/dhx and ti spring and it's a bit too heavy for trail riding. A demo 8 w/a dhx air would be real nice also
     
  3. SBDownhillRacer

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    the problem is fox doesnt make the right size dhx air for the demo 8 but they do for the demo 9 so what would the weight comparisons be between the dhx air on the demo 9 and the demo 8 with the ti spring
     
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    Personally would go with the 9 with DHX air. Try to ride both bikes and then decide from there.
     
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    quickneonrt Turbo Monkey

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    the demo 8 frame is about 1.5 -2lbs lighter than the demo 9 w/ stock shocks swinger 4 way. giving the 9 w/ air and 8 w/ti possibly a 1lb differance between the two. With the 1" less travel and slightly lower bb I think the d8 is the better choice. I love my d9 but would trade it for a d8 in a heartbeat. plus you can use a reg 135mm rear wheel on the d8
     
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    ^Exactly. Plus you can use the DHX Air with the shorter stroke and same i2i to get 7 and a quarter inches of travel.
     
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    What shock size does the D8 use? I'm guessing 8.75x2.75".

    Bicyclist, why get a 7.25" travel air sprung Demo8 when you could get an SXT for even less weight and only slightly less travel? I say 8" ti sprung Demo8 is the best choice, only 1/2b heavier than a DHX air but with a better feel and a full 8" travel.

    I still hope Fox comes out with an 8.75x2.75" DHX air for late '06. So many bikes use that size.
     
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    Best thing I did to my demo 9 was the dhx w/ ti spring. It blows the swinger away. Not too sure about the dhx air anyway. i never really liked the feel of an air shock and how will it hold up compared to a coil? no doubt demo 8 is the way to go. If you get a d8 in a small and you don't like it I'll trade you my d9 w/dhx and ti coil.:)
     
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    I'm just saying it's an option. And I think the way a bike sits is more important than anything. I've ridden Enduros (the new and old ones) extensively and the new SX Trail briefly and I much prefer my Demo 8. It sits lower and it feels better to me.
     
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    ^ The Demo8 might sit lower than last years SXT but not this years. My Enduro sits super low, especially when properly sagged. I do agree though that travel numbers are secondary to geometry and overall feel.
     
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    My Demo is lower than this years SX Trail II that I rode, and mine is in the steep setting and it was in the slackest setting.
     
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    quickneonrt Turbo Monkey

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    what is the bb height on the demo 8?
     
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    Why do you expect someone to look for you when you can just go to the Specialized website and look for yourself?
     
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    quickneonrt Turbo Monkey

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    because usually different setups lead to different bb heights. an 888 will have a diff. bb then a dh40 or boxxer.
     
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    Bump for a friend who is in Costa Rica! Treeeeeeeeeeeevor hope ur having fun, LONDON is pretty much the coolest place on the planet!
     
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    For the guys who have a dhx on their demo 8.... did you just use the ti spring that came with the bike on the dhx? does it fit correctly?
     
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    Another vote for the 8 with the Ti spring.

    Getting a Demo9 with an air spring, doesnt make sense to me. I would take coil over air anyday, and with the 8, you are still lighter.

    Unless you are hitting the biggest, most knarly drops out there, the Demo9 in a way, is a tad overkill, ever since the 8 came out...IMO.
     
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    bump fo a brotha
     
  19. SBDownhillRacer

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    yea the demo 8 with the ti spring sounds like the way to go and the new frame has that tight engraving by the stem and seatpost
     
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    All I have to say is if you go with the Demo8, don't get an '05, get an '06. It may look the same, but it is not.
     
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    whats the difference besides the dhx on 06