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  1. #1
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    suggestions for upgrade?

    03 Specialized Rockhopper

    based on these specs, any suggestions on upgrades. What order should I upgrade things in? I've heard that the rockhopper is a great frame with a bunch of crap on it, (crap in comparison to frame...)

    so where should i start?? I was thinking of upgrading the brakes first. how does a cheap mech. disc brake compare to a quality v brake? Should I upgrade my deralers? Im fairly newb at the whole bike thing so i need suggestions.

    FRAME A1 Premium Aluminum, double butted front triangle, disc mounts, replaceable derailleur hanger, rack eyelets

    FORK Manitou Axel Comp, 80mm travel, coil spring, Fluid Flow damping, steel steerer tube

    HEADSET 1 1/8" threadless, black steel cups, loose ball bearings w/ seals

    STEM Aluminum, 10 degree rise, TIG welded, black

    HANDLEBARS XC mid rise bar, 6061 alloy, 6 degrees upsweep, 9 degrees backsweep, 590mm width

    TAPE / GRIPS Specialized MTB grip, black, double density Kraton

    FRONT BRAKE Tektro linear pull

    REAR BRAKE Tektro linear pull

    BRAKE LEVERS Shimano Alivio linear pull shifter/brake combo

    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano MC-18 Alivio, 34.9mm clamp, bottom pull

    REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano M-510 Deore

    SHIFT LEVERS Shimano Alivio linear pull shifter/brake combo

    CASSETTE Shimano HG-50 LX, 8-speed, 11x30t

    CHAIN Shimano IG-31

    CRANKSET Specialized Strongarm II, square taper

    CHAINRINGS 44Sx32Sx22S, 4 bolt, 104/64mm pattern, steel chainring bolts

    BOTTOM BRACKET Truvativ sealed cartridge, 68mm shell, 113mm spindle

    PEDALS 1 piece alloy platform pedals, clips and straps, silver

    RIMS Alex DM-20, 26", machined sidewalls, black

    FRONT HUB 32 hole, loose ball bearings, alloy Q/R

    REAR HUB 32 hole, loose ball bearings, alloy Q/R

    SPOKES 1.8mm (15g) black stainless, brass nipples, L266/R266mm front, L265/R264mm rear

    FRONT TIRE Specialized Roll-X 26 x 2.0", Steel bead

    REAR TIRE Specialized Roll-X 26 x 2.0", Steel bead

    TUBES Specialized, schraeder valve

    SADDLE Specialized Body Geometry technology, steel rails

    SEAT POST Alloy, black, 30.9 x 350/400mm

    SEAT BINDER Alloy collar with Q/R, 34.9mm clamp I.D., black

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    2003 Specialized Rockhopper FSR Comp, 1999 Specialized Hardrock Comp FS, 1971 Schwinn Varsity
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    I have the FSR version, but this is what I did: LINK In addition I've added a Maxm MX-5 handlebar and swapped to a LX front derailieur

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    Part of the furniture math2p14's Avatar
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    same frame as yours. heavily upgraded.
    Where the skid marks stop...the tree begins....:D:D:D:D:D

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    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
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    From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
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    Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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    If you're going to upgrade a new bike, why not just get the next model up? It'll probably be cheaper and less hassle.

    I'd just replace things as they break or you find a closeout deal on something.

    "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
    "Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger

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