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Old 12-21-16, 01:19 PM
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FS: 1985 (First Year Built) Specialized Rockhopper

1985 (First Year made) Specialized Rockhopper

Size: 20.5 inches which is 52 cm (from middle of the BB to the top of the seat tube, measured along the tube).

I have a very special bike here that I would like to sell. Please bear with me as I want to provide as much information as possible about this bike. First a little background.

I work at a local charity that takes in donated bikes and gets them road worthy for all ages in need but most of our stuff gets placed through school guidance counselors. We get bike donations of all sorts from people looking to clear out their garages and I would say that about 85% of the bikes are Walmart specials (heavy clunky and with crappy brakes that aren't fun to work on).

Once in a while we get a nice bike and recently a 1985 Rockhopper showed up. The bike looks like it has been garage kept and is in great condition. I believe it is in 100% original condition except for the tires which are Kendas. The bike even had a service tag from a local bike shop on it so it appears that it was serviced then put in a garage or basement for many years without being used. I would love to keep and ride this classic bike for myself but I've got too many bikes if there is such a thing (at least until some of my kids start moving out).

So, since our shop is in the need of a good locking toolchest and a few tools that I need to purchase, I decided to restore it and get some cash to buy these things for the shop.

I did some research on the bike and found that based on the serial code, it was manufactured in December of 1985 which is at the end of the first year ever that this model was made. I wanted to make sure that everything on the bike was original so I did some research at the following sites:

Specialized Specs
http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...ckhoppers.html

A couple interesting things turned up while looking at these sites. First of all, the listing of Specialized specs at the first site does not show the Rockhopper data for 1985 (its earliest data for this model is from 1986). However, the ‘Old Rockhoppers’ thread shows several people who posted photos and information on 85’s. This same thread talks about the Rockhoppers going through a component change starting in 1986 where the group was being upgraded to what they were putting on the Stumpjumper Sport. However, I found that my bike made in late 85 also got this upgrade so it is a bit of a rarity for an 85 Rockhopper. The upgrade also means that this bike has the Shimano M700 (DeoreXT) groupset. I read elsewhere that the stag head derailleurs that were part of this groupset were Shimano’s first mountain bike specific components. Another interesting thing about the build on this particular bike is the use of the Suntour XC-II pedals. These pedals were also used on the 84 Stumpjumpers so I still believe they are original to the bike but just part of a unique build along with the group upgrade.

I’ve gone over every inch of this bike and every bearing except for the sealed wheel bearings and internal freehub bearings (all of which are in excellent condition) has been cleaned and repacked with fresh waterproof grease. All bearings cleaned up great and all bearings and races were found to be in like new condition. Below is a comprehensive list of service done as part of the restoration:

Frame Degrease/clean and wax/polish
Crankset Remove, disassemble (remove rings), clean and re-assemble
Bottom Bracket Remove cups and bearings, clean, repack bearings and re-assemble
Front wheel Remove, inspect bearings (sealed units in great shape), re-assemble
Rear wheel Remove, inspect bearings, (sealed found to be in excellent condition)re-assemble. New tube. Remove and clean freewheel.
Front Derailleur Remove, clean with toothbrush and solvent, rinse/dry and polish. Install and adjust limit screws.
Rear Derailleur Remove, disassemble cage/jockey wheels clean with toothbrush and solvent, rinse/dry and polish, grease jockey bushings re-assemble. Install and adjust limit screws.
Derailleur hanger (integrated) Straightened with straightener tool
Chain Thorough cleaning after soak in mineral spirits, clean with toothbrush and fine brass brush, vacuum seal in lubricant bath, remove excess lube, reinstall
Headset Remove cups and bearings, clean, repack bearings and re-assemble
Both wheels Inspect and clean tires, true wheels. Clean rim, spokes and brake track.
Brakes Remove, clean, lubricate pivot, check and resurface pads, re-assemble, replace cables and adjust. Lubricate lever pivots. Replace brake cables & housings
Shifters Clean/inspect, cables appeared to have been recently replaced.
Saddle Clean saddle and seatpost. Reinstall with light coat of grease on portion of seatpost in seat tube.
Pedals Remove, clean, inspect/clean and repack bearings, re-assemble with anti-seize on threads

Condition
For the most part, I will let the photos speak for themselves to show the condition of the bike. I will say that unless you find new old stock parts, you will be hard pressed to find components in as good of shape as they are on this bike. The photos do show some defects in the paint but for the most part, the previous owner had done a good job maintaining the frame by touching up the paint to prevent rust damage. Mechanically, this thing is about as perfect as can be. The repacked pedals, wheels, headset and crank all spin like a dream. The drivetrain shifts great and is all tuned up.

Photos:
Below are a few photos, a more extensive set of photos can be found at THIS LINK.

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Pricing:
As with many vintage bikes with highly sought after component sets in great condition, it is common that parting out the bike can easily bring more than selling the bike as a whole. This is likely true with this particular bike as I have researched what the various parts are selling for on ebay (often in much poorer condition) and conservatively came up with a parted out value of $545. The pedals alone are selling for $130. I can provide a detailed list of my assumed values upon request. However, I cannot bring myself to part this bike out and sell it piecemeal. This is a first-model-year original bike and it belongs that way even if it means selling it that way at a lower price.

I am asking for $325 for this beautiful bike which given its condition, originality and value of components, should be a very fair price.

I will partially disassemble and carefully pack this bike in a bike box and ship it via bikeflights at the buyers cost (no charge for the box or packing). Buyer pays actual cost via Bikeflights (approx range = $45-$75) shipping from zip code 17050. Alternatively, buyer can pick up the bike in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area at no cost.

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Old 12-21-16, 02:07 PM
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I've been waiting for this bike to pop up in the sale forum. This bike is smoking hot.
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Old 12-21-16, 02:11 PM
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If this was local to me I'd grab it.
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If this was local to me I'd grab it.
If it was local to me, I'd be driving out to buy it,
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Old 12-27-16, 02:07 PM
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While I've gotten a lot of positive response to this listing, still no committed buyers.

In the interest of getting this out the door so I can raise the money needed by our organization, I would be willing to split the shipping cost with the buyer. Any takers? If not, I'm going to give Craigslist/eBay a try.

Thanks - Chad.
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Old 12-28-16, 09:22 AM
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I think it would sell fast on e-Bay. I sold an '85 in August fairly quickly for $400 & shipping. Condition was outstanding but it did not have the XT stuff that yours does.
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Old 12-28-16, 09:59 AM
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Nice bike, relatively local to my house in Lancaster PA. But I am smack dab out of funds after having built my Centurion.
If that was a 29r it would choke my credit card.
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Old 02-24-17, 03:20 PM
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This one's still for sale. Been busy and haven't had a chance to list it elsewhere yet so I thought I would give it one more try here before I do now that spring is just around the corner and this will be a real kick to take out on the trails.
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Oh so tempting.
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Did this sell or still available?
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Still have it if you're interested. Was considering keeping it but I'd still be willing to sell.
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I love this bike and it's my size; I hope it finds a good home soon.
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Very interested

Shoot me an email fallscreekoutfitters@gmail.com

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I was surprised this bike was still available for so long!

Happily smiling in Falls Creek, Pa today!
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SOLD!!! Congratulations pamaugahiker!
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