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Old 10-31-08, 10:36 AM
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Old Rockhoppers

When I worked in a bike shop in the mid to late 80s, my boss at the time had a Specialized Rockhopper which was several years old at the time. I remember it because it is the only one I have ever seen with Suntour derailuers, bull moose handlebars, and it was an odd dark blue.

In looking at what I believe to be the most complete historical resource on the subject:

http://www.firstflightbikes.com/specialized_specs.htm

I see that 1986 was the first model year for the Rockhopper and it does not match my description above. I have an 86 red Rockhopper to boot.

Well, yesterday I rescued a Rockhopper from the trash heap that is identical to my old bosses; blue, bull moose bars, Suntour drivetrain, reasonably complete (except the pedals and seat). The specs match the 1985 Stumpjumper except the frame is not lugged (like the 86 Rockhoppers). The steel sticker, though marred, is clearly not the same as the 86 either.

Is it possible they rolled out some Rockhoppers out in 85 before the 86 model year???
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