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    dolphin_79605
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    New bicycle acquisition opportunity...

    An acquaintenance has a "Specialized" brand "Rockhopper" he wants to unload on me. It has a GQ code before the serial number. I believe it is a 1997. It has a 19 inch frame, 26 inch road tires and an extra set of new mountain tires, an air pump, is a 21 speed and has a rack on the back.

    I have ridden it twice, it starts, stops and shifts. He wants $100 bucks for it. The bike seems to fit me fine (I am 5'6" and weigh 160). I will be using it to ride around town, to the park to run and maybe actually do something off road one day (doubtful).

    I dont know diddle about bikes and really dont want to know more than what I need. That said: Regarding this bike; I would like to know if the price is reasonable and are their any particular problems with this make and model which I should be aware?

    Pax, Mick -- Abilene, TX dolphin_79605@yahoo.com

    PS: I have it for about a week to check it out and see if I like it...

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    beatz down lo|seatz up hi paulwwalters's Avatar
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    Specialized is a solid brand, and the Rockhopper is a solid model. Not their highest end bike, but for what you'd use it for it should be great.
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    if i was you sounds like i'd drop the cash

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolphin_79605 View Post
    It has a 19 inch frame.
    The bike seems to fit me fine (I am 5'6" and weigh 160)..

    5'6" on a 19" frame? I would think the frame is a little big for you, unless you have an unusually large inseam. Do you have any space between your privates and the top tube when standing over it? Well, as long as you're comfortable on it and it's cheap, it's better exercise than taking the bus. Specialized is a good brand, BTW.
    Why is going slower harder?

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    Wow, same exact height and I have a 19" frame as well.... I'll grow on it, that's why I got it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlucardZero View Post
    Wow, same exact height and I have a 19" frame as well.... I'll grow on it, that's why I got it.
    I assume you mean that you will eventually grow into a 19" frame? I hope you don't injure something important in the meantime!!
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    Have the bike looked at by your lbs for cracks and broken welds. If it checks out good go for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwantakona View Post
    Have the bike looked at by your lbs for cracks and broken welds. If it checks out good go for it.
    not this guy trying to give advice again.

    only kidding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Breitling View Post
    not this guy trying to give advice again.

    only kidding.
    He's right don't listen to me. Wait till that ten year old frame breaks. Then you'll know why frames wear out after so many years and should be checked over if purchased.
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