Older Specialized Hardrock-steel frame-1" steerer-odd dropouts??
I got this Specialized Hardrock frame-steel chrome moly decal--Craigs list-yesterday.It is 15.5"-small-so it caught my eye.I'm not a vintage/old bike knowledgable type forum member-I just know about stuff I owned, and I wasn't riding when this was probably sold-early 1990's I'm guessing.
What can you tell me about it?
2) Why the odd rear dropout-picture?
Judging by the biopace chainrings I'd say you've got the time right. Late 80's early 90's.
Mad bike riding scientist
I'd guess very early 1990s. The dropouts are semihorizontal dropouts. They were an odd transition to fully vertical dropouts...kind of a "we want vertical dropouts but don't want to commit to it yet" arrangement.
Originally Posted by phoebeisis
file those odd extra pieces inside of the dropouts out and run it as a SS
Thanks guys. The vintage guys say pretty much the same~1990.
cyccomute-makes sense I guess-they aren't horizontal, but not quite vertical.They are also waaaay shorter than any horizontal dropouts, but are just a tiny bit deeper than most vertical dropouts.Thanks.
trin2du-I don't know anything about Biopace, but they seem ok. Still in business?Thanks.
lbthomps-Great minds think alike-crossed my mind to get out the grinder-if only to be able to run a slightly bigger tire by pulling it back more.Thanks