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Old 09-10-18, 06:03 PM
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a couple rockhoppers hopped into my pickup this weekend

Some tall ones!
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Old 09-14-18, 08:19 AM
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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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Old 09-14-18, 09:29 AM
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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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Old 09-20-18, 01:17 PM
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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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Old 09-20-18, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Alleytom View Post
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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Old 09-20-18, 10:31 PM
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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.
Who knew it was National Give-away-your-old-Rockhopper-fade Week? Just picked up a free '93 (I THINK) Comp, rose-fade-olive, last week. All it really needs is tires, lube, and some serious cleaning.

I'm thinking someone swapped in thumbies, because as a '93, I think it should have had RapidFires. And I don't think it's older, like a late '80s, because it has a cassette, and I also think they leaned more toward Suntour before '90. In any event, it's wonderful, even pre-cleanup; a delight to ride, and it fits me nicely. Well, all except the stem that's a bit long for my short arms. I think it's even the original saddle.
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Old 09-21-18, 06:04 AM
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Who knew it was National Give-away-your-old-Rockhopper-fade Week? Just picked up a free '93 (I THINK) Comp, rose-fade-olive, last week. .
whoa man - that is a kewl (as the kids say) paint job. I'm jealous. Yep - just plain jealous. I bought yarn for my wife to knit a cap for me with those same colors. that's a super nice find - I think.
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
Who knew it was National Give-away-your-old-Rockhopper-fade Week? Just picked up a free '93 (I THINK) Comp, rose-fade-olive, last week. All it really needs is tires, lube, and some serious cleaning.

I'm thinking someone swapped in thumbies, because as a '93, I think it should have had RapidFires. And I don't think it's older, like a late '80s, because it has a cassette, and I also think they leaned more toward Suntour before '90. In any event, it's wonderful, even pre-cleanup; a delight to ride, and it fits me nicely. Well, all except the stem that's a bit long for my short arms. I think it's even the original saddle.
Gorgeous paint job! Great find!
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Old 09-21-18, 08:04 AM
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Thanks, yeah, and that's "shed fresh", not even dusted off / cleaned up. I turned down a $50 'Hopper last winter, 'cuz it was a wee bit on the large side. Been suffering "non-buyer's remorse" until this one came along.
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Old 09-23-18, 06:43 PM
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Here's the latest incarnation of my Rockhopper turned tourer. Removed the SPD pedal clips. Added a kickstand. After today's ride, swapped the saddle out for a WTB Pure V. Was heading for the beach. Saw it was heavily fogged in. Decided wing it, and went up a favorite trail. Despite the 1.5" road tires, did pretty well. Surprising climber. Had to go pretty carefully coming down. And, I did not try the cattle guard....
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Hello,
I have a small favor to ask. I have a 1996 rockhopper, gun barrel green. I bought it new but its been sitting in my parents garage for the last 13 years when I moved abroad. Recently I decided to take it to where I live now which required a fair amount of disassembly for taking it on a flight. I decided to replace the bearings in the wheel hubs and freewheel as well as brake pads and cables and other bits a bobs while I have it in pieces. I just reassembled the rear wheel and I am not sure if I have the spacers on the axle in the correct place/order. Could I ask if any one has on of these models could they post a picture of the hub assembly. You don't have to take it apart or anything just a picture from the back so the spacers can be seen.

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I have a small favor to ask. I have a 1996 rockhopper, gun barrel green. I bought it new but its been sitting in my parents garage for the last 13 years when I moved abroad. Recently I decided to take it to where I live now which required a fair amount of disassembly for taking it on a flight. I decided to replace the bearings in the wheel hubs and freewheel as well as brake pads and cables and other bits a bobs while I have it in pieces. I just reassembled the rear wheel and I am not sure if I have the spacers on the axle in the correct place/order. Could I ask if any one has on of these models could they post a picture of the hub assembly. You don't have to take it apart or anything just a picture from the back so the spacers can be seen.

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Old 09-29-18, 08:22 PM
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Who knew it was National Give-away-your-old-Rockhopper-fade Week? Just picked up a free '93 (I THINK) Comp, rose-fade-olive, last week. All it really needs is tires, lube, and some serious cleaning.

I'm thinking someone swapped in thumbies, because as a '93, I think it should have had RapidFires. And I don't think it's older, like a late '80s, because it has a cassette, and I also think they leaned more toward Suntour before '90. In any event, it's wonderful, even pre-cleanup; a delight to ride, and it fits me nicely. Well, all except the stem that's a bit long for my short arms. I think it's even the original saddle.
Update. Finally got some quality stand time with her. Fresh (enough) tires, lubed the headset and hub bearings (BB is a cartridge), lubed the cables, took that kink out of the RD cable housing, swapped in another Specialized non-gel saddle from a same-vintage Hard Rock, a few other cats & dogs. Just yummy to ride. Those thumb shifters are just so quick & faultless. Turns out it has 175mm crank arms; can definitely feel the difference.

They sure went for the branding; bar, stem, seatpost, saddle, rims, even the pedals have the Specialized logo/brand on them. I couldn't find any markings on the headset or seatpost bolt.

No pics; too dreary today, and needs more cleaning. Tonight I'm putting on an MTN rack; also needs toe clips. I may just start commuting on this baby. If only I could squeeze in 100 km in time, this would be an awesome clunker entry, with only about $20 into it so far.
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Got one of them cleaned up. The right shifter was broken so I went with the 3 speed theme, 46-36-26x20. It will probably get a rack and be a city bike. Seat post needs a little paint.

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^^^^ So what kind of shifter(s) did/does it have?
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^^^^ So what kind of shifter(s) did/does it have?
Altus A10. I managed to get the left shifter working after a good soaking in WD40. First plan was single speed, but after the shifter started working I went with it.
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So some kind of trigger / rapid-fire?
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So some kind of trigger / rapid-fire?
heavy, bottom-end Shimano trigger combo unit (brake lever and shifter), almost wasn't worth wasting WD40
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Should I, or Shouldn't I?

I've a bit of a conundrum here. Last winter, I rode a beautiful Barracuda A2B, with studded tires and fenders, and it made a perfect winter bike.



Unfortunately, after a winter where the salt started eating into every untreated metal surface, I have found out that this is quite a rare specimen, and shouldn't be subjected to such rough treatment in this environment. So I think I am going to transfer the studded tires and fenders over to the Rockhopper Comp I picked up for $25 two years ago, and use that for my winter bike.


Here is the bike in question. A beautiful specimen; I will do my best, with Frame Saver and the like, to preserve it. But Minnesota winters are extremely harsh on bicycles. But I know that the old RockHopper, now Ice-Hopper, should be able to withstand these conditions. I'll take some photos as soon as I complete the conversion. Please don't hate me. I only do this because I know that the Rockhopper is nearly indestructable.

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Yup, I saw one of those Barracudas on the Kenosha CL once, earlier this year. Once. I think that's the only one I've seen actually available to buy. They seem to be on par with their competitors of the day, nothing outstanding. But dayum, you just don't see them. So yeah, prudent move.
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