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Old 01-14-09, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by balindamood View Post

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.
I tried to make the spec charts as complete as possible but definitely don't have all the info needed. That chart was probably put together 8+ years ago using catalogs and magazine buyer's guides. These are usually pretty poor sources of information and have lots of errors. We have had around 10 1982 Stumpjumpers over the years and they have been very different from each other (decals, forks, color, pedals, saddles....) and they don't match the "catalog" spec. Most of the early serial numbers are relatively easy to decipher and the parts dates are a great resource as well.
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Old 01-14-09, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by rufus View Post
I've misplaced my 1995 and 1996 catalogs, but just from the way the graphics look, I'm gonna guess it's either of those years.
thank you good sir!

To be honest, I didn't know what a great bikes these are until after I got it. I almost sold it, but everyday, I'm a little more glad I kept it
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Old 01-14-09, 11:16 AM
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You sure that's an '89? I thought the U-brake died a quicker death than that - I thought it was used on MTBs for only two years, '87 and '88. I could be wrong, though.
I'm rarely sure of anythng.
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HA, I knew I would figure the year out one day, I have an orange rockhopper comp. 1992! thanks for the info.

great bike.

Should I buy an '84 stumpy frame for 100$ I've got a full 1982 XT group and bullmoose bars to build it, but the price is steep....
hmmm...
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Old 03-09-09, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by rufus View Post
It looks like there might be some tiny writing after 'Rockhopper'. If it's a Rockhopper Expert, it's from 1993. More likely not, as the crankset looks more like that from the Rockhopper Sport, whuch was available in Purple Metallic, but I don't have a pic of it.
Yes, I noticed after I posted the pic, that it is a Sport. Which makes it from when?
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Here is mine. According you your chart, and mine being a RockHopper "Comp," it should be a 1988 model and DiNucci Green or White/Blue. Mine is a slate grey though. Hmm.
I have an 86, 87 and 89 (purchased new). My 89 is a Comp and has 7 sp Deore II with cantis in the rear. Every 88 I've seen has been 6 sp and U-brake equipped. Your's kind of stumps me as to the year.
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1985 Snowhopper:

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Old 03-10-09, 04:40 PM
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Yes, I noticed after I posted the pic, that it is a Sport. Which makes it from when?
Still from 1993.
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1985 Snowhopper:

Apocalypse Bike.
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I don't know what that massive Park tool is on the right there, but I want one!
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Picked up this clean Rockhopper today off of CL. Looks to be all original except for the Avocet M30 saddle.

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I don't know what that massive Park tool is on the right there, but I want one!
Park frame repair stand (FRS-1, I think). I do not think they make it anymore.
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Might be picking up a 1992 Rockhopper Sport. I believe it is pretty original, as he never really road it all that much. He was out yesterday, and fell on it, because the chain popped off. My guess is it needs a tune up, which I can do. I offered to take a look at it, but he is looking at picking up a new ridgid Raleigh at a local shop for like $325. We are about the same size, so it should fit. Would be nice to add to the collection with the Trek 930.
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Heh, I've been looking for an excuse to bring this up: A couple of years ago I picked up a Rockhopper 24 kid's bike (24" wheels) at a thrift shop for about $25 thinking of flipping it & then not being sure it would be worth the trouble. I think it's early 90s vintage, dark "spruce" green IIRC. Bottom bracket is kind of gritty & have never got round to seeing if I could replace it at a reasonable cost. Tried but couldn't remove it. Very sturdy bike.

Been thinking of either donating it, or holding onto it until one of the kids next door is big enough for it in a few years.
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Here is my 1994 dark green Rockhopper that I love to bits.
It's quite light (the frame produces a nice cristaline "pliiing" sound when hitted with a fingernail) but as it's slightly a too long frame (59cm effective top tube) for a 172cm tall cyclist like me, I fitted it with an 80mm lenght and 35 rise stem. It's a perfect combination for me (bars at saddle height).
I call it my off-road randonneuse, it takes me absolutely everywhere, being as good on tarmac as on rough paths and I feel happy everytime I get on it. Pure joy !
Main modifications are :
-80mm lenght and 35 rise stem (ITM)
-600 mm lenght and 25mm rise handlebar (noname)
-Kenda 1,75" fast rolling tires
-Zefal fenders (not as tough as SKS but lighter)

Total weight as is : 13 kg
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Old 05-05-09, 04:45 PM
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Might be picking up a 1992 Rockhopper Sport. I believe it is pretty original, as he never really road it all that much. He was out yesterday, and fell on it, because the chain popped off. My guess is it needs a tune up, which I can do. I offered to take a look at it, but he is looking at picking up a new ridgid Raleigh at a local shop for like $325. We are about the same size, so it should fit. Would be nice to add to the collection with the Trek 930.
I'd take that old Rockhopper over a new $300 Raleigh anyday.
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Old 05-05-09, 05:31 PM
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I found a nice looking one a while back, huge frame. Was pearl white with blue metallic lettering. BEAUTIFUL bike. Wish I had built it up with nicer components and kept it, but flipped it instead.,,,,BD
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Darn it all to heck! All of you posting these great old mtbs are making me WANT ONE. Gaaaaahhhhh!

.... actually all I really need is a frame and perhaps a wheelset, and probably brakes. I could probably build something up from there with what I have...
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Originally Posted by bcoppola View Post
Heh, I've been looking for an excuse to bring this up: A couple of years ago I picked up a Rockhopper 24 kid's bike (24" wheels) at a thrift shop for about $25 thinking of flipping it & then not being sure it would be worth the trouble. I think it's early 90s vintage, dark "spruce" green IIRC. Bottom bracket is kind of gritty & have never got round to seeing if I could replace it at a reasonable cost. Tried but couldn't remove it. Very sturdy bike.

Been thinking of either donating it, or holding onto it until one of the kids next door is big enough for it in a few years.

Oh, that's great! That would be perfect for my son in a couple of years. I need to start looking for something like that around here.
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Old 05-11-09, 09:17 AM
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old rockhoppers

picked up this weekend at a flea market I believe a 1982 Stumpjumper in pretty nice shape

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That is a NICE find, wow! Most of the ones I find were used pretty extensively, and need a lot of work.,,,,BD
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88 comp

Here is some pics of an 88 rockhopper Comp I picked up today.

I've been on the scout for a Cro Mo Frame with Horizontal drop outs for a S/S whip.
Couldn't believe my eyes when this showed up on Gumtree here in Adelaide South Australia.
I've ridden it today and think it may just stay as is for the time, given it's pedigree.Specs are exactly as this http://mombat.org/Specialized_Specs.htm for an 88 comp.






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Not bad for $50 Australian
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That is a really pretty Rockhopper. And it just looks right with the tan sidewall tire.
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That is a really pretty Rockhopper. And it just looks right with the tan sidewall tire.
yeah i really like it too, it's such a nice ride as well for a 21 year old design.spesh wre on to something
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My Stumpy is a few years younger than that, but I agree.
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