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Old 05-22-09, 07:25 PM   #1
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What year is this Specialized?

So I found this bike in an ad. The guy says he doesn't know what year it is. It's a Specialized Rockhopper. What year do you guys think? I tried to look it up, but I really have no idea.

This will be my first mountain bike. I use to do BMX on a normal BMX bike about 8 years ago, and since then I haven't really touched a bike. I'm ready to get back into riding.

Also, he wants $100, what do you guys think? I'm going to see it tomorrow.


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Old 05-22-09, 09:16 PM   #2
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From those photos its kinda hard to tell. Get a guess from him. Age doesn't really matter as long as everything works on it.
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Without better pics or specs of the components hard to say what year or what the value is, you might try looking thru the Rockhoppers on bikepedia.com...
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I looked on there and found that it is a probably a 1998 model. I decided to not even go check the bike out. If I am willing to spend $250 more I can get a brand new 2009 Trek 3700. I'm really thinking about doing that. I realize to most people that's a cheap bike at $350, but honestly my budget was minimal due to the fact that I don't really know how much use I'll be getting out of a bike.

What do you guys think of the Trek 3700? I wanna take it off road occassionally. But I'm moving to Hawaii and I think I will try and make this my ride to work. I'm in the Air Force and will be living on base in base housing.
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Old 05-23-09, 09:04 PM   #5
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If it's in good shape, $100 for that Specialized is an average price for that bike.
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Old 05-24-09, 08:33 AM   #6
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Everything on the Trek 3700 is entry level equipment. I would take a better equipped 10 year old bike over a new entry level bike any day. Provided it is in good condition of course. You can resell a 100 dollar bike for 100 but will lose that driving your new 3700 home if you decide you don't like it.
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I hear ya. I was thinking though that maybe todays entry level equipment is better then the good equipment 10 years ago?
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I hear ya. I was thinking though that maybe todays entry level equipment is better then the good equipment 10 years ago?
then put the money you save by buying this towards upgrading what you find to be "inferior" to today's entry level stuff? instead of buying an entry level bike for $2XX more and THEN upgrading.
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entry level stuff has not change too much in the past 5 years.. I have a entry level 04 bike that is basically the same as an entry level 09.. I'd try to find something in the last 5 years.. 10 may be going back to far.
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