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Made in usa specialized hardrock comp frame - sell as is or fix?

Old 11-17-15, 10:46 PM
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Made in usa specialized hardrock comp frame - sell as is or fix?

Found this old made in USA Specialized Hardrock comp - best to sell as is or take the time to make it complete? The cables are rusted right to the edge of the derailleur; does that mean I would have to get a new one? Otherwise I think it would just be tires, cables a seat?

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Old 11-17-15, 10:53 PM
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Are you sure that's made in the USA?
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Old 11-17-15, 11:13 PM
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I really doubt it's an American-made frame. Specialized has sourced all their frames from Asia for a long time. And it looks like the decal on the seat tube might say "handmade in China" under the Sun Microsystems logo.

Anyway, as for making it whole... Looks like you'd need a wheelset (incl. tires & tubes), cassette, seatpost, and saddle. You'd also want to inspect moving parts like shifters, headset, & bottom bracket. And to really do it right, you'd want to add new cables, housing, and chain. If you can find a used set of wheels on the cheap, it could be a fun & quick little project. If you have to spring for parts, you could end up spending more than you make on it.
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Old 11-17-15, 11:23 PM
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Unless you have two spare wheels with the correct freewheel and a spare saddle (you would still have to buy a seatpost), that looks like a donor for your local bike kitchen. They can either use other stripped bikes to fix it or strip it to help fix other bikes.
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Old 11-17-15, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by miamibeachcg View Post
Found this old made in - China- Specialized Hardrock comp -

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Geez -- this is old to the current generation ? --- Aluminum frame, V brakes, suspension fork, threadless headset -- LOL

OP - t would take $300 more or less to get that thing going - it needs a cheap 26" wheelset (but not super cheap-- you can pick up deore hubbe'd sets for 125-175 ) - plus tires , plus a post and a seat -- the cables are steel, whether they have surface rust or not ,

Its also a tiny frame -- need a woman or a pre-pubescent teenager to get the most out of it
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Old 11-18-15, 12:07 AM
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This should be in the mountain bike forum --- its a bike made in the last 12 or 15 years at most
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Old 11-18-15, 05:01 AM
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Soak the rusted parts in white vinegar for a coupla days. They might free up enough to be able to use. I used to have a couple of those frames. I'd fix it up and use it to run errands on so I don't have to worry about my nice bikes getting stolen. If you want to do some serious riding on that frame be prepared to spend good money on a new fork.

I also doubt that was made in USA. It should say "Designed in USA/California" and "Made in China" somewhere on that seat tube.
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Old 11-18-15, 05:11 AM
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
This should be in the mountain bike forum --- its a bike made in the last 12 or 15 years at most
Thats 'classic and vintage' to them...in RC 'classic and vintage' begins at 5 years.

Its not worth putting a dime into....sell as is or donate it.
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Moved to C&V Appraisals.
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Originally Posted by Relaxin View Post
Soak the rusted parts in white vinegar for a coupla days. They might free up enough to be able to use. I used to have a couple of those frames. I'd fix it up and use it to run errands on so I don't have to worry about my nice bikes getting stolen. If you want to do some serious riding on that frame be prepared to spend good money on a new fork.

I also doubt that was made in USA. It should say "Designed in USA/California" and "Made in China" somewhere on that seat tube.
+1 Too small a frame to rehab.
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Donate it and stop buying bikes like this one if you are trying to make $$. Be more selective.
+1 This one isn't worth much as is and it's not worth fixing up. Based on the amount of rust for it's age and that it has been partially stripped I would figure on it needing more than just a wheel set 50/50 chance that some of the other parts likely the fork are bad.
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I think except for the S works line in the 90s, Specialized has never made bikes in USA.
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Old 11-18-15, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by miamibeachcg View Post
Found this old made in USA Specialized Hardrock comp - best to sell as is or take the time to make it complete?
As others have said- do neither. Instead, donate it. Its worth a $30 tax write-off. And it isn't made in the US.
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Old 11-19-15, 01:11 AM
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The thing with this bike, and all the other bikes you have been posting about lately, is that they are really low value, low end bikes. Worth very little even all fixed up and ready to ride.

It takes just as much time to fix and tune a low end bike as a better bike. Cables, tires, tubes, chains, brake pads, etc cost the same whether you are fixing up a low end bike or a better bike.

Suppose fixing up a bike for resale costs $30 in parts and 2 hours of your time which we'll call $20 worth, so $50.

If you buy a low end bike like the ones you're showing us for $25, invest $50, sell for $75, that's not very good.

If you buy a better bike for $75, invest $50, sell for $175, that's more worth doing.

In the case of this particular bike, just the wheels and tires needed will cost more than the completed bike is worth. I would scavenge all useful parts and throw away/recycle the frame.

You were coming up with more interesting, older, and more worthwhile bikes earlier this year. I think right now you're buying stuff that is too junky to be worthwhile.

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