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Old 05-24-18, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Glennfordx4
Got some pics with the new sneakers on it, I think it looks much better & it does ride better with them.
That's pretty fantastic
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Old 05-24-18, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Glennfordx4
Just finished putting together a 85 RockHopper that was given to me a bunch of years ago, been sitting as found in my shop ever since. This was in my keeper pile but I have decided to let it move on. It was missing a few original parts when I got it like the rear wheel, RD, handle bars and one brake lever, the first thing I picked up for it when I got it was a used front wheel so I could rob the X28 rim and build up a rear wheel which I did using a Sansin sealed 6spd hub & DT Double Butted spokes, all used parts that built up better then a lot of new wheels I see around. Next I got a set of Bullmoose bars for it off the Bay, they were new but not like the original then I just let it sit for 3 yrs, in that time I got 6 pair of Nos Bullmoose bars from the shop I help out at that my boss found cleaning out his garage and & low and behold there were two new Specialized Cromo Bullmoose bars that are just like the originals, yaaay! While I also picked up a used Mountech RD for it when the time came I decided instead to use a NOS Suntour SVX RD that I've had as I wanted this bike to be ridden by the new owner and don't trust the Mountech's as I didn't no it's history, I did use the Mountech FD though as the original AG tech was trashed, it was missing one of the original Shimano brake levers and I had a set of 4 finger Lee Chi's with covers hanging around so I just used them.
I built it up two months ago but never got a chance to test ride it or get pics of it because of the weather and other pressing projects until yesterday. One of the first things I did to it after the ride was change out the 26x2.40 tires I put on it for some new 26x2.125 tan sidewall tires. It is sporting Koolstop brake pads and a Nos pair of Tomac clear Slim Line grips also. Bike rides great and it fits me better then I thought it would with the bars on it. I really didn't know what to ask for it as a pair of used original bars just went for $148 on Ebay which is more then half of what I was thinking the whole bike was worth, the Flag triple cranks on it are also clean with no major rub also which also sell for a pretty penny, I want this to be enjoyed as a whole by someone and decided get her over to the shop and for sale before I change my mind lol. The only reason I am cutting her loose is I also have a 85 StumpJumperSport that has 99.9% of it's original parts on it that is the same size as the Hopper I am going to rebuild and keep.
First pic when I got it, then the after shots before I changed the tires.









Nice! Love the Tomac grips too!
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Old 05-24-18, 06:22 PM
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Old 05-25-18, 08:35 PM
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Just picked up a Rockhopper

Found at a Goodwill, kinda rough but half off, paid $9.98! I think it's a '93. Chain & tires on the way, can't wait to try it out.
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Old 05-25-18, 08:41 PM
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Nice find and cool color! I've never seen an orange Rock! Looks all original too.
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Old 05-25-18, 09:10 PM
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Pretty sure that's a '92 Comp, my first mountain bike was one of those. Brings me back, I had a lot of awesome rides on that bike. Probably not a single stock part left on it by the time it was stolen...
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Old 05-25-18, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Alleytom
Found at a Goodwill, kinda rough but half off, paid $9.98! I think it's a '93. Chain & tires on the way, can't wait to try it out.
That's a great find, fun color. The rear dropouts look pretty slick as well. Enjoy!
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Old 06-03-18, 12:47 PM
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Rockhopper

I cleaned up my $10 Rockhopper, replaced the tires, tubes & chain & added a set of pedals, lots of scratches but she looks pretty good for ~25 years old. I rode her around a little, not really my style though. My son has a Trek 800 that he says is too heavy, the Rockhopper is taller and a lot lighter, if he doesn't want her it's off to craigslist...










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Originally Posted by Alleytom
I cleaned up my $10 Rockhopper, replaced the tires, tubes & chain & added a set of pedals, lots of scratches but she looks pretty good for ~25 years
Nice find Alleytom.

It cleaned up very well and is looking good.
If you don't keep it someone will enjoy that orange ''Rhop'.
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Old 06-04-18, 08:32 AM
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Here's a last summer pic of my 1990 Rockhopper Sport when I took it with me on a Colorado vacation.
I run lots of errands on this bike and it most often has a large Wald basket on the rear rack.

Earlier in this thread is a pic of it as it was when I bought it.

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Old 06-04-18, 08:37 AM
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For what it is worth here is a catalog page I found of what appears to be the same model Rockhopper as mine.

However it looks to be in German but I'm not positive on the language.

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Old 06-04-18, 08:43 AM
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Here is a drive side view serving as my 'Grocery Getter'.

Those stretch nets are terrific.
Sometimes I pile stuff in that basket so high it's ridiculous.
I then hang overflow sacks from the handlebar if needed.

It serves me well in this capacity.

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+1 on the stretch net. Keeps the groceries in the basket. I removed the hooks from one edge and zip tied mine to the basket. I find it a bit easier to use, and itís probably enough security to keep someone from walking away with my net.
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Old 06-04-18, 12:24 PM
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My contribution to this thread. Original owner from 1988...

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Originally Posted by RockiesDad
My contribution to this thread. Original owner from 1988...

Nice!
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Old 06-06-18, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by 2cam16
Nice!
Thanks but why???

I should have waited another couple of years before I bought this bike. I think the U-brake near the BB was a pretty bad marketing mistake...

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Originally Posted by RockiesDad
Thanks but why???

I should have waited another couple of years before I bought this bike. I think the U-brake near the BB was a pretty bad marketing mistake...
Because I love older mtb's.
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Work in progress on mine, will post pictures as soon as im allowed to
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a couple rockhoppers hopped into my pickup this weekend

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Originally Posted by droppedandlost
a couple rockhoppers hopped into my pickup this weekend

Some tall ones!
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@2cam16 - that's the first time I've seen a doppelganger for my purple-fade blue RockHopper. I got mine for free about 5 years ago. Now that I've replaced the JIS headset with an ISO headset, the only original parts left are the frame, fork and bottle cages. I could still go back to the original seat post, but I stripped the black off of it, then went and got a zero offset seat post from Velo Orange.
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Originally Posted by RockiesDad
Thanks but why???

I should have waited another couple of years before I bought this bike. I think the U-brake near the BB was a pretty bad marketing mistake...
They are in a bad spot for dirt, but they also open up that area for racks and panniers.

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Working on my rockhopper,
So far I've installed :

Schwalbe city jets
Moustache handlebar
Stem adaptor
Saddle

It rides beautifully, lovin it...
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Originally Posted by Alleytom
I cleaned up my $10 Rockhopper, replaced the tires, tubes & chain & added a set of pedals, lots of scratches but she looks pretty good for ~25 years old. I rode her around a little, not really my style though. My son has a Trek 800 that he says is too heavy, the Rockhopper is taller and a lot lighter, if he doesn't want her it's off to craigslist...
Eyecandy!!
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