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Old 08-29-03, 03:23 PM   #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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Old 08-29-03, 03:36 PM   #2
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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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Old 08-29-03, 03:55 PM   #3
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http://www.pinkbike.com/modules/phot...w&image=108785

same frame as yours. heavily upgraded.
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Old 09-02-03, 09:32 AM   #4
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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.

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