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    For Touring: Specialized Stumpjumper, Rocky Mtn Hammer Race?

    Hello, I'm having trouble finding specs online for these bikes, so I'd thought I'd ask
    if anyone is familiar with them. I've been surfing craiglist looking for a MTB to use
    for touring...does anyone have anything to say about either of these two:

    1995 Specialized Stumpjumper
    1996/7 Rocky Mountain Hammer Race

    From the photos they seem to have long wheelbases, and are steel....any other
    info would be great - thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by azitiz
    Hello, I'm having trouble finding specs online for these bikes, so I'd thought I'd ask
    if anyone is familiar with them. I've been surfing craiglist looking for a MTB to use
    for touring...does anyone have anything to say about either of these two:

    1995 Specialized Stumpjumper
    1996/7 Rocky Mountain Hammer Race

    From the photos they seem to have long wheelbases, and are steel....any other
    info would be great - thanks!
    Either would work well. Make sure you inspect the frames well on both before you buy. Look for any kinds of cracks especially at the welds and around the bottom bracket. If either looks like it's been bashed into something, look elsewhere for a bike.
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    I did a small tour (~500 k) on a 1996 specialized stumpjumper last year..and while there were no mechanical problems I found it extremely uncomfortable at times. I think you would be a lot happier on a touring bike or even road bike as they tend to be designed for longer ride times, best of luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankalf
    I did a small tour (~500 k) on a 1996 specialized stumpjumper last year..and while there were no mechanical problems I found it extremely uncomfortable at times. I think you would be a lot happier on a touring bike or even road bike as they tend to be designed for longer ride times, best of luck
    In what way were you "extremely uncomfortable"? I have heard people saying that MTBs will slow them down during touring (for various reasons), but not that they're uncomfortable. Can you be more specific?

    [BTW: Touring bikes and road bikes I am bypassing because of the rough road and the availability of no 700c wheels where I'm headed.]

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    I had a 1994 Stumpjumper size 13 1/2 and it was super twitchy - steep head tube angle, I guess. I supermanned over the bars a lot. That was mountain biking, not touring. I bet it would be wicked hard to handle with a trailer behind it.

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    It's certainly a good choice for rough roads. I just don't think that body position on a mountain bike is very comfortable for very long. I got a very sore back form being bent over and a sore ass. A road bike will distribute weight better and keep your back straighter. If you need to use a mntn bike though, I dont see anything wrong with those choices..will you be using a rigid fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankalf
    ...will you be using a rigid fork?
    Funny you should bring up a rigid fork! Yes, I do plan on it, and I also just found this online:

    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml95/95155.html

    "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Media Relations
    August 16, 1995
    (301) 504-7908
    Release # 95-155

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Specialized Bicycle Components of Morgan Hill, Calif., is recalling 3,585 steel rigid forks on 1995 Stumpjumper mountain bikes and 52,868 handlebars on all models of 1994 Rockhopper mountain bikes. Specialized has received reports of handlebar and front brake failures, which could result in serious injury to bicycle riders."

    Maybe I'll stay clear of that 95 stumpjumper! I don't think i bike shop in 2006 will honor this
    recall anymore, especially if i'm not the original owner....

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    i have built up two bikes using a specialised stumpjumper frame as a base and ridden with a couple of other guys who have them ... they are really good to use as touring frames ...
    thought for today: "Does my ass look fast on this bike?"

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    I own a 1985 TREK 720 (bought new) and have just acquired a well used 1989 Stumpjumper to build up for touring.
    The TREK has a 24 inch frame standover height = 33.8
    The Stumpjumper has a standover height of 30.5
    They have the same length top tubes and the same wheelbase.
    The TREK has longer chainstays but more upright fork angle.

    I am buying a stem riser and a longer seatpost.

    The Stumpjumper has double eyelets on both the front and rear for racks and fenders.
    The Trek does not.

    Eventually I will figure out a handlebar situation for touring.
    Old Stumpjumpers without any suspension are very cheap to buy and appear to be a great starting place for a touring frame.

    Schwalbe Marathon Supremes come in 50-559 but actually measure 45mm when mounted.
    If I buy two .... that will be more than I paid for my Stumpjumper.

    I think the important part of this is top tube length when looking for comfort.
    I can set this up so riding position will be the same as my TREK.

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    Try here for specs: http://www.bikepedia.com/

    I have a 1993 Trek 820 which is similar. I don't use it as a touring bike, but with a little tweaking it would do the job just fine. All the major bike makers made bikes that were similar to the Stumpjumper during that era.

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    This thread is so old!

    Anyway, I have a 1992/1? Rocky Mountain Hammer and I used it on a 5 month tour of Europe and a couple of other short tours, It is now a commuter bike and it must have close to 10,000 km on it and it is still going strong. The propaganda on this bike has it exploring the Himalayas as a mountain touring bike.

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