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Old 11-19-22, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by BurittoGrande
My build is pretty much done. Absolutely love this bike. For sure a bike I don’t see myself ever selling off. So useful and so much fun to blast around on.



What bars are you running? I've got the same slingshot stem on my 89 Stumpy Comp & I love the bmx vibe on this sweet hopper. Thanks!
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Old 11-19-22, 01:08 PM
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95 rockhopper
13.5 frame
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Old 11-19-22, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by SoCaled
I bought this one thinking it would be a fulltimer, it was in great condition when I got it, but it never felt right. I couldn't figure out why? Longer top bar or stem? I let this one go after getting the "Pinalized Rockma" but wish I had kept it long enough to figure out the fit issues, it was a beauty, my too sunny picture doesn't do it justice.
Yes you should have kept it and disagree with the too sunny thing, looks full on classy beast mode from here.
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Old 11-21-22, 05:07 PM
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1995 as found on Facebook Marketplace. $75 for bike and a Thule 4-bike carry rack.



And after some modifications. Replaced the stem to reduce the reach. Free new groupset, FD, and chain courtesy of Shimano crank recall. Schwalbe Land Cruiser tires that run smooth on pavement and give me the option of exploring gravel roads and two tracks.
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Old 11-29-22, 12:12 PM
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Here's mine. 1993 Rockhopper Expert.
All original except for the tires, grips, XTR SPDs, and full carbon saddle
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I picked up an 86 Rockhopper for $20 the other day, with the Deer Head components and everything. Couldn't believe they stocked nutted axles (not QR) on that thing, but apparently they did. This bike is missing only the seat and seat post (which makes me think they were stolen, as the seat post is QR, but not the wheels, Ugh). Does anyone know what the stock seat and seat post was on the 86, and what diameter? It looks like they used SR Laprade for the seat post in 85 and Avocet Touring for the seat in 85 (85 catalog is available online, but I cant find the 86). I would like to see if I can restore to original, but maybe I will just put a comfy seat on and call it good. Thanks
I will post pics to this thread when I get to 10 posts.

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Old 02-28-24, 02:55 PM
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Yup a lot of mtb's of that era were still nutted.
This is the closest catalog I found. Retrobike UK always has some good info:
https://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2...atalogue+1985/
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Originally Posted by SoCaled
I bought this one thinking it would be a fulltimer, it was in great condition when I got it, but it never felt right. I couldn't figure out why? Longer top bar or stem? I let this one go after getting the "Pinalized Rockma" but wish I had kept it long enough to figure out the fit issues, it was a beauty, my too sunny picture doesn't do it justice.
IME mtb’s fit best with quite a bit of seatpost showing…if the pic shows the bike as you rode it, I would suggest trying a smaller frame.
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Originally Posted by due ruote
IME mtb’s fit best with quite a bit of seatpost showing…if the pic shows the bike as you rode it, I would suggest trying a smaller frame.
Good advice, but the bike was the right size, don't remember why the seat is slammed in pic? but it wasn't ridden like that. I am riding the same size/brand frame (with a lot more seatpost showing), with different cockpit, and it is very comfortable. This was early on for me before I learned not to take pics in the sun, put the seat at the right height, position cranks intentionally & have stems and tire labels aligned. Pretty sure I would have happy on that bike with a different stem.
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Old 02-29-24, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by dchmiele1992
Couldn't believe they stocked nutted axles (not QR) on that thing, but apparently they did.
They used solid axles for strength. The move to hollow/QR axles roughly coincided with the advent of the cassette/freehub era, which relocated the drive-side bearings further outboard. Come to think of it, the solid axle / cassette wheel I'm working on presently is probably the only such combination I've come across.

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Originally Posted by madpogue
They used solid axles for strength. The move to hollow/QR axles roughly coincided with the advent of the cassette/freehub era, which relocated the drive-side bearings further outboard. Come to think of it, the solid axle / cassette wheel I'm working on presently is probably the only such combination I've come across.
Thanks for the explanation. Come to think of it, the specialized hubs do look and spin unusually nice for a nearly 40 year old bike. I just think my experience with road bikes makes me think "nutted axle = junk", not to mention highly inconvenient. You learn something new every day.
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