DH 2018 Specialized S-Works Demo Dream Build

bjmtb

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Specialized S-Works Demo Medium


Bar Ends: Carbonice Hansel and Gretel machined to fit ODI lock-on
Bars: ENVE DH V2, 23mm rise, cut to 760mm
Bolts: Ti-Springs, Pro-Bolt and Carbon-Ti - Full Ti Hardware
Brakes: SRAM XO Levers, Code Callipers, Alan Burn Signs Custom Graphics
Brake: Lever Clamps Carbonice Max and Moritz UD Carbon
Cassette: SRAM X01 DH, 7speed 10-24t
Chain: KMC X10 SL DLC – waxed with Molten SpeedWax
Chain Guide: Shovel Carbon DH, Custom Ti bolts
Chainring: Wolftooth direct mount 34 Tooth
Cranks: SRAM XO 165mm, Slik Grapics Decals + Frameskin PPF
Decals: Slik Graphics – Cranks, Forks & Rims. AlanBurns Signs – Superhero Decals & Brake Levers
Derailleur: SRAM XO1 DH, Short Cage, 7 Speed, Black, Carbon -ti hardware
Forks: Ohlins DH Race Fork 27.5”
Frame: 2018 Specialized S-Works Demo Medium
Front Hub: Hope Pro 4 MTB 32 Hole
Gear Outer Cable: Shimano
Grips: ODI Ruffian Lock-On
Headset: Cane Creek Zero 50
Headset Spacers: Deda Elementi Carbon
Jockey Wheels: KCNC 12 tooth, Aluminium/Ceramic Bearing
Pedals: HT ME05T
PPF: Invisiframe
Rear Hub: DT Swiss 350 32 Hole
Rear Shifter: SRAM XO DH 7sp
Rear Shock: Ohlins TTX 22M 388lbs (Lightweight Spring)
Rims: Spank Spike 33 Bear Claw Edition 32 Hole
Rotor Front: SRAM HS1 200mm (changing to KCNC Titor)
Rotor Rear: SRAM HS1 180mm (changing to KCNC Titor)
Seat: Specialized S-Works Toupe 143mm
Seat Clamp: MT Zoom Ultralight 36.4mm
Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece Inline
Spoke Nipples: DT Swiss Brass
Spokes: DT Swiss
Stem: Syntace F44 Direct Mount 45mm
Top Cap: Carbon-Ti UD Carbon
Tubes: Tubolito MTB 27.5” with black heat-shrink covering valves
Tyres: Maxxis Minion ST Fronts 2.5”

Final weight: 15.9kg

So this was a dream build that I finally took action on over the last three and a half months. I’ve had a rough idea on what parts I wanted for a long time and how I wanted the final product to look. I set out researching what’s out there and what’s possible and came up with exactly what I wanted and ultimately built my dream DH bike. I am extremely specific in how I want my bike to ride and feel and have always seen a huge benefit to being weight conscious (hence the amount of carbon and titanium).

The Bike has a full PPF kit on it thanks to Invisiframe, the graphics for the most part have been taken care of by Slik Graphics and the “Superhero” decals on the top tube by a local sign writing company . There’s a few cheeky pieces of 3M Mastik tape for some additional frame and chain-slap protection as well! I also purchased some 3M vinyl wrap to add a final bit of personal flavour which is seen in the “X” inside the cranks!

I’d also like to throw out a big thanks to NSDynamics up in QLD Australia who sorted me out with a fresh set of the new Ohlins DH Race forks, one of the first few pairs in the country which I am extremely grateful for!

Why tubes: In 10 years or riding and racing DH, I have NEVER had a single flat tire on my DH bike whilst I have run tubes. I tried tubeless once in the early days and had a pretty shitty experience blowing up a wheel, since then I’ve been back on tubes with perfect results. I have yet to fully try the Tubolito’s, which I am also currently running on my hardtail. For context they weigh 78grams per tube, so provided they hold up to the DH riding then they are the exact same weight as tubeless!

Carbon brake lever clips: I have run these on a previous DH bike for 2 years, and a hardtail for 3.5 years with absolutely no issue. I love the finish of the carbon and added benefit of being extremely light. Details make the difference!

Ti Bolts: So for the most part the Ti-Springs bolt kit covered the majority of the bike, however like any bike there’s a few bits and pieces in the linkage or shock mounts that are specific to that bike and not an industry standard. Those bolts were a little more tricky and after some help from a Pro-Bolt measuring tool I was able to knuckle down those measurements and get some ordered. That took care of all except the front shock mount bolt on the rear shock, which frankly was a pain in the ass! I ended up buying a Ti bolt that was oversized and had a local engineer machine it to the perfect fit!

Ultimately I had an enjoyable time being able to put together my dream bike and look forward to getting it out on the trails to shred some DH!
 

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Zaf

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Fair point, that's what I was told from the shop, never looked into whether that was correct or not
It wasn't a serious comment, just a noticed details. That said, they chose you the only spoke in the DT lineup that isn't butted to spin that on you. Alpines maybe?!
The bike is gorgeous btw. How does it go on the climbs? Do you find the slack seat tube angle lets it down in that regard?
 

bjmtb

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It wasn't a serious comment, just a noticed details. That said, they chose you the only spoke in the DT lineup that isn't butted to spin that on you. Alpines maybe?!
The bike is gorgeous btw. How does it go on the climbs? Do you find the slack seat tube angle lets it down in that regard?
Haha yeah, il take that!! I'll have to check what model etc

I've only taken it out over the last weekend so far. Final build was finished last week. Probably won't be doing much/any climbing on it though, aside form riding back to the top of the track, usually I use do shuttled runs
 
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