Race Bike: Adam Brayton’s Hope Factory Racing Specialized S-Works Carbon Demo 8

When a picture of this bike popped up on Twitter this morning, we just had to find out more – once we’d stopped salivating! Turns out it belongs to the Hope Factory Racing Team’s latest signing, UK rider Adam Brayton.

Brayton’s one lucky racer – not only does he get a Specialized Carbon Demo 8 to play with (and the top-of-the-range S-Works version at that) but it’s decked out with Shimano Saint bits and some very special Hope prototype kit.

You can check out more pictures below and the full spec on page 2, along with a reminder of what Mr Gas to Flat is like in action – his breakthrough appearance in 2007′s Earthed 5. Thanks to Hope Technology and Sam Needham for the photos.

At the heart of this bike is Specialized's top-of-the-range S-Works Carbon Demo 8 frame. Picture by Sam Needham

At the heart of Brayton’s new bike is Specialized’s top-of-the-range S-Works Carbon Demo 8 frame

Made from Specialized's FACT 11m carbon fibre, with a magnesium link and alloy rear end, it weighs just 10.2lb / 4.6kg. Picture from Hope Technology

Made from Specialized’s FACT 11m carbon fibre, with a magnesium link and alloy rear end, it weighs just 10.2lb / 4.6kg

Adam's running Fox suspension, so on go some 40s. The stock Cane Creek shock will later be replaced with a Fox DHX. Picture by Sam Needham

Adam’s running Fox suspension, so on go some 40s. The stock Cane Creek shock will later be replaced with a Fox DHX

The bottom bracket is a custom number Hope knocked up to fit the 83mm press-fit BB shell. Picture by Sam Needham

The bottom bracket is a custom number that Hope knocked up to fit the Demo’s 83mm press-fit BB shell

Out back is another custom bit of kit – a prototype Hope micro cassette, with six sprockets but nine-speed spacing. Picture by Sam Needham

Out back is another custom bit of kit – a prototype Hope micro cassette, with six sprockets but nine-speed spacing

Looks like Adam’s pretty protective of his new ride! Can’t say we blame him. Picture by Sam Needham

Looks like Adam’s pretty protective of his new ride! Can’t say we blame him

Here it is in all its glory, complete with custom ‘Team Green’ Hope parts. Picture by Sam Needham

Here it is in all its glory, complete with custom ‘Team Green’ Hope parts

And here’s the money shot again, in case you want to view it larger. Picture by Sam Needham

And here’s the money shot again, in case you want to view it larger (in which case, click on it)

Page 1: Intro and photos
Page 2: Bike spec and video