Mountain Biking - Help identifying this Specialized bike? (Pictures)
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07-03-11, 04:24 PM
Hello. So I'm heading off to college this fall and am looking for a bike. I'm about 6'4" so I need a taller bike. But it's been quite hard finding one used that fits. One of my good friends dad is selling a bike. But he doesn't know too much about it. It's just a Specialized Mountain bike. Full suspension. No disk brakes. Has handlebar risers. He doesn't know what frame size. I've included some pics. Anyone have any ideas on what model it is and if it would do me any good? I'm gonna go ride it next week. And he's asking 200 for it. Fair deal? I'm a rookie. You guys tell me.
07-03-11, 07:59 PM
I've just been googling what I can get off of the frame. From what I can get it's a 2003 Specialized Rockhopper FSR.
I just need to know, is this a good price? 200 dollars?
And what about size? Any one have any ideas on the frame size just from looking?
07-03-11, 08:21 PM
Based on the first photo, I think that's a 19" or 20" frame, which would be a "large" by Specialized's scheme. At 6'4", it's probably still be a size too small to be ideal for you.
A couple other thoughts:
1. a major-name full-suspension bike will be an elevated theft risk on a college campus. If you get it, don't skimp on your lock. A full-rigid old Rockhopper or Hardrock would be a lower risk.
2. if you need to ship the bike to its destination, be aware that shipping can be >$125 for a large bike in a bike box, plus you'll pay to have it packed. That's over half the initial cost of the bike, it might be better to buy one locally.
07-04-11, 10:30 AM
What will you use the bike for? If it's just getting around campus and the Eugene MUP's, it should be fine.
But if you plan on taking it out to the Oakridge area trails (the great mountain biking mecca where Eugene bikers ride), it may not hold up with those older, out-dated parts.
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