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Old 05-16-23, 06:21 AM
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Specialized Rockhopper

Any info on this rockhopper? Iím having trouble placing a year on it. Sorry for the crappy pictures, this is all I had sent to me so far. Iím planning on going to pick it up if the price is right soon. Hoping someone can give me and details about it, I havenít seen this color combo before. Thanks in advance!

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Maybe post this in the thread, "show us your vintage mountain bikes" for an answer. Someone posted recently with the same or similar model.
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I've got the very same frame color-combo, but mine originally came with grip-shift and it's a '96, so my guess is 1995?


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Thank you! Is it a pretty heavy frame?
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hopefully someone with more Specialized bike knowledge will weigh in

I believe the steel Rockhopper frames from that era were full chromoly - so although it might not be considered a heavy steel frame it would not be considered a light steel frame

I believe the steel Stumpjumper frames from that era were made of Prestige (Tange Prestige ?) - so they would weigh less

fork appears to be a Trek suspension fork - does it still work ? that fork will add some weight to the bike
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Do you want a vintage MTBs with a suspension fork? I have no idea (perhaps you do) how available parts are for these which is why I stay away from them. YMMV.
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The fork doesnít bother me. I have no problem upgrading/updating parts. I just want to start with a good foundation. Not looking to keep it all original.
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I'd also go with a 1996 estimate. There'll be many differences from OEM spec since you can see the Trek (1993 Mogul?) fork, Trek System 1 stem, saddle, different shifters, upgraded derailleurs (the front looks nice and the rear looks to be XT). It probably would have came with a mid-range STX and Alivo parts mix. The steel Rockhoppers are nice bikes.
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Originally Posted by james89
The fork doesn’t bother me. I have no problem upgrading/updating parts. I just want to start with a good foundation. Not looking to keep it all original.
Rockhoppers are fantastic full DB chromoly frames and are very versatile. Between my wife and I, we have three of them, each of them configured differently. Definitely a good foundation.
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Glad to hear you guys like the Rockhoppers. I have always heard good but havenít owned one myself just yet. Hoping to change that soon.
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I bought one in 98. It is a convertible.
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Originally Posted by james89
Thank you! Is it a pretty heavy frame?
Definitely not terribly heavy, but not what I consider light. That said, I really like how mine's coming along (pics to soon follow).
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Not my bike but I sure wish it was. I browse through Pinterest and Instagram for hot looking vintage mountain bikes every day and the Specialized models are usually a top choice for mtn. bike conversions. Here's how far you can take the upgrades if you wanted to put in the "bike porn" category.

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WRT weight, with DB tubing, very heavy tires (4.4lbs), heavy saddle (1lb) and fenders = 33.4lbs
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Eh, I wouldn't worry too much about the weight, because you're going to be the heaviest thing on the bike. I know I certainly am.



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