I am ordering a Specialized Rockhopper Disc for my girlfriend and have some credit with the shop. Thinking about upgrading some parts. What do you think I should upgrade in order of priority?
We will probably be getting a women's specific seat.
How important would it be to get dual piston brakes - juicy 5 say?
It is an 8 speed. What is the cost benefit of upgrading shifters, crank, derailler or cassette/chain?
It is an extra small and she is pretty light weight so I would expect the forks to be adequate.
We will be using the bike to ride some trails fairly hard. We have signed up for a 100km fairly technical ride in Feb.
The spec is as follows:
Thanks for your comments.
FRAME A1 Premium Aluminium, disc only, double butted TT and ORE DT, externally relieved head tube, internally relieved BB shell, reinforced disc mount, forged 3D dropouts w/ replaceable 98954020 hanger
FORK RockShox Dart 3 SL, 100mm, Mag Lower, 28.6mm Cro-Mo stanchions, coil spring, alloy steer, rebound adjust w/ lockout and preload adjust
HEADSET 1 1/8" threadless
STEM Specialized 3D forged alloy, two bolt, 25.4mm, 10 degree rise
HANDLEBARS Alloy 25.4mm XC Rise, 640mm wide, 8 degree back, 6 degree up sweep, 3.2mm thick
TAPE / GRIPS Specialized Enduro, dual density Kraton
FRONT BRAKE Hayes sole, hydro disc, 6" Centre Lock rotors
REAR BRAKE Hayes sole, hrydro disc, 6" Centre Lock rotors
BRAKE LEVERS Shimano EF-50 integrated
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Acera M-330
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore
SHIFT LEVERS Shimano Alivio
CASSETTE / FREEWHEEL Shimano HG-40, 8-speed, 11-32t
CHAIN Shimano HG-50, 1/2" x 3/32"
CRANKSET Shimano FCM-341-8, Octalink Spline, replaceable rings
BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano ES-25, Octalink Spline, cartridge bearing, 68 x 126mm for 50mm chain line
PEDALS Steel cage, plastic body, 9/16"
RIMS Specialized/Alex RHD 26, double wall disc
FRONT HUB Shimano HB-M475L, Centre Lock disc, 32h, QR
REAR HUB Shimano FH-M475L, cassette, Centre Lock disc, 32h, QR
SPOKES 1.8mm (15g) stainless
FRONT TIRE Specialized Fast Trak, 26x2.0", 60TPI, wire bead
REAR TIRE Specialized Fast Trak, 26x2.0", 60TPI, wire bead
TUBES Specialized schraeder valve
SADDLE Specialized Body Geometry, ATB
SEAT POST Alloy micro adjust, 30.9mm
SEAT BINDER Specialized forged alloy w/ QR
NOTES Chain stay protector, reflectors, clear coat, owners manual