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Old 07-02-08, 02:09 PM   #1
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Specialized Hard Rock thrift find

Picked this one up on vacation for the grand total of $35, and it has Suntour XCM. The only thing obviously wrong with it is a skipping gear, will probably have to replace the freewheel.

Don't know much about Suntour --- any suggestions/advice?

Any idea how old this bike is?

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Picked this one up on vacation for the grand total of $35, and it has Suntour XCM. The only thing obviously wrong with it is a skipping gear, will probably have to replace the freewheel.

Don't know much about Suntour --- any suggestions/advice?

Any idea how old this bike is?

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Early 90's. Try cleaning the chain and sprockets, then adjust the derailer position. If the chain actually skips off the top of teeth on the back cog, then ya, new chain and freewheel. Are those aero bars on the front? If so, please take them off
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Early 90's. Try cleaning the chain and sprockets, then adjust the derailer position. If the chain actually skips off the top of teeth on the back cog, then ya, new chain and freewheel. Are those aero bars on the front? If so, please take them off
Not aero bars --- the bar end extenders are apparently on the wrong sides, which makes them curve a little weird, and they are blending in with the gate bars behind them in the picture...
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That's what my son rides. (Actually, it is now his beater, since I bought him a new Cannondale Rush and a matching very clean, used Audi A4 to celebrate his college graduation.) Measure the length of the chain -- if 24 half-links exceed 12-1/16", or if the rollers do not spin freely, it is time to replace it. If only one or two cogs skip, they can be replaced.
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Nice score. Certainly worth way more than $30. As an example, two similiar Hard Rocks sold around here for $100. They were gone in less than 24 hours.
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Not aero bars --- the bar end extenders are apparently on the wrong sides, which makes them curve a little weird, and they are blending in with the gate bars behind them in the picture...
I see it now, sorry for the mistake...but i have seen those big Scott tri-bars stuck on older mtn bikes, and it just looks hideous.

Nice find - my 1st ever mtn bike was the 1987 version of this bike. They're pretty nice bikes, and it would take 10x your $35 to get something better than it new today.
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Early 90's. Try cleaning the chain and sprockets, then adjust the derailer position. If the chain actually skips off the top of teeth on the back cog, then ya, new chain and freewheel. Are those aero bars on the front? If so, please take them off
+1 most often a "skipping gear" is due to a bad chain. This is especially true if the chain is not actually shifting down to another sprocket, but just making that terrible chain-jump crash sound and jerkiness. Hate that.

Oil the chain with good chain lube. That should let you know if there is some improvement. Next move - new chain.
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