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    Demo 8 I 2011 Play in S-link

    HI,

    I've just finished putting my new Demo 8 together and I noticed that there is play in so called 'Slink' on the seat tube side of the link. Bolt there is TIGHTENED (although I didn't want to brake it) and it seems that either lik is to wide or the bolt not short enough if you know waht I mean. When I grab the link and pull or push it it moves about on the bolt about .5 of mm. not much but can be seen and heard (squeak)

    Did anybody else experience this as well? Is this common ?

    Am I right that the S-link is not one piece of aluminum (like in my old Demo 7) but it is screwed together ? manual does not show how hard these bolts should be tightened, is it possible that S-link is not screwed together hard enough ?

    New bike.... something annoying always broken...

    Thanks for your insight in this....
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    Pictures would be nice....I don't think they call it a "s" link. It's prolly a rocker or swing link
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    yeah, dont think it is called an s link. Where are you talking about exactly? The wishbone or the magnesium link? I have 5 rides on mine now and haven't noticed any play. However I am a mechanic and checked that all the bolts were tightened to spec with a torque wrench. Maybe get your lbs to check all of the bolts.

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    I bet you million $ it is called S-link in the manual but.... it is the top likn going from seat tube to 'rear traingle' which was actually magnesium in my old DEMo 7 but is aluminum in Demo 8 (that's what written on it).

    The play is not noticable during riding (....yet ??) only when you grab the link and push ir pull it while grabbing front trangle with other hand, it moves to the left and right (of the bike).

    I may not be a Mechanic but the bolt is tightened, I will check it with torque wrench today.... and call the distributor... will make pictures later today.
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    Demo 8 link play

    The same thing happened to my 2011 Demo. Mojo Wheels measured everything and contacted Specialized. Spec. sent me an entire new link, and no more play. Good luck.

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    HA! I knew it, thanks,
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    If you download the manual (2011-Demo-FSR-Manual.pdf) from Specialized you will get an complete exploded view with all the associated part names.

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    YES and that is where this part is called S-link !!!
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    Ok, I had enough for those who do not know what S-link is :

    http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/6164008/
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    Um, excuse me, but you're wrong.
    That's not a S-link. It's obviously a -link.

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    oh silly me
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    let us know what your shop does about it.

    Ill make sure to check my frame (whenever it gets here) before I leave the shop. Thanks

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    gorz you say your s-link is aluminum? Mine is magnesium. Maybe you have an early production run with different bushings?

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    Ok I don't know what the S-link is made of, I just caught "all..." and now when I have bike home I can see it is "alloy" written on it., not aluminum.

    Anyway, the problem with he Slink was that the threads in frame are not deep enough (or screws are too long ) and pivot screws cannot be srewed far enough. There is a gap betweeen outer side of S link and head of pivot screw. Fortunately gaps between inner side of Slink and frame are all right, so we put spacers on the outer side of Slink and now everything is working OK.
    I could put in complain to have the main triangle swapped or something like that but who knows when replacement would be available. I'm not that picky too esp. that I got good deal on this bike. And i understand that this solution is good enough. Even if something goes wrong this solution was proposed by our Spec importer so I think I'm safe

    So it is my first day having my new bike home !!!
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    Aluminium on Demo I, Magnesium on Demo II.

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    so I was right all the way, that;s how I like it
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeridescott
    Aluminium on Demo I, Magnesium on Demo II.
    All 2011 model Demos come with a magnesium S-Link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rookiedh
    All 2011 model Demos come with a magnesium S-Link.

    Alum on the I and Mag on the II.
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    Really? Website says mag on both.
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