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Old 07-17-09, 11:14 AM   #1
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Help with some local choices

I'm 5'8" and 220lbs looking to add cardio to my weightlifting routine. I've been looking at some local used bikes and I am down to what appears to be a few choices.

Assuming all good running condition with no repairs needed:

1) ~2007 Rockhopper - $200
2) late 90's Hardrock - $120
3) Trek 850 - $150
4) Mongoose Switchback with all new components (shifter, chain, housings, and front fork) - $100

It appears to me (being the cycling newbie) that the Rockhopper is the best deal, but would the suspension be an issue with my size and Barney Rubble legs (30" inseam)?

All of these are in the 18" range so they should fit me according to what all of the LBS salesmen have been recommending.

Thanks in advance
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Old 07-17-09, 11:17 AM   #2
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If the suspension is anything like on my Sedona, it will be fine for normal riding, but when you stand to climb a hill etc, it will be like a pogo stick, and steal some power.

If otherwise, the bike is your preference, I wouldn't worry about it, and you can always have the fork replaced with a suspension corrected rigid fork, like I did on my Sedona, if you decide you don't like it either.

Any of those bikes look reasonable to me.
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Old 07-17-09, 11:35 AM   #3
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The Rockhopper's Dart 3 fork has a lockout, so you can mostly eliminate the pogoing. That's definitely the one that I'd get from your list.
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Old 07-17-09, 12:22 PM   #4
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Ok, now I am trying to get a definite ID on the Rockhopper since the seller isn't 100% sure of the exact age. Bikepedia isn't giving me the exact age of the bike with the listed options.

It has the factory Rock Shox, blue, 21 speed, 18", and Shimano STX components. That's what's throwing me off because it seems per bikepedia this combination wasn't part of the Rockhopper lineup.

Here's the CL post with some not-too-great pictures:

I went digging into some older models of the Rockhopper and did find 1997 Specialized Rockhopper A1 Comp FS which DOES come in 18" with Rock Shox, Shimano grip shift and in a 21 speed (but didn't come in blue).

Any help in making sure I know what year/model I am getting?
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