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Old 07-14-22, 10:25 AM
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1989 Specialized Rock Combo, 22" (the original gravel bike!) - $950 (Cambridge)


1989 Specialized Rock Combo
22" steel frame white, Direct Drive fork
Have all original parts (including Specialized Hardpack tires,Dia Compe 984D brakes, Suntour Barcon-con shifters, etc)
Currently set up with new V-brakes and shift/brake paddle levers. All other parts are original, including the flared drop MTB bars.

This is arguably the original gravel bike, very rare. Frame and parts in great shape, very low miles.

Here is a great video ad for the Rock Combo ca. 1989:
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce
https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bi...508171165.html

1989 Specialized Rock Combo, 22" (the original gravel bike!) - $950 (Cambridge)


1989 Specialized Rock Combo
22" steel frame white, Direct Drive fork
Have all original parts (including Specialized Hardpack tires,Dia Compe 984D brakes, Suntour Barcon-con shifters, etc)
Currently set up with new V-brakes and shift/brake paddle levers. All other parts are original, including the flared drop MTB bars.

This is arguably the original gravel bike, very rare. Frame and parts in great shape, very low miles.

Here is a great video ad for the Rock Combo ca. 1989: https://youtu.be/G6O8k2c09yY
  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers
That might be the only Specialized bike I'd ever own. So cool, and my size (I think)..
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Originally Posted by shoota
That might be the only Specialized bike I'd ever own. So cool, and my size (I think)..
Well, get to it then.
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Interesting find!
The BB looks like a WTB grease guard model. Makes you wonder if the whole bike is similarly equipped, since the XCPro hubs used WTB GG technology, and the XCPRO RD should be Accushift, so it would work best with Accushift shifters and Cassette. I'm not sure Suntour had Accushift bar end shifters though.
With all the cables on the top tube, this is a CX machine waiting to happen.

This looks like my size, but that ask and distance makes me think it'll sit for a little.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Well, get to it then.
Accelerated enabling.... I like it!
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Accelerated enabling.... I like it!
I'm more than happy to "help", misery loves company, ifn I can't have it, somebody else should get it.
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Specialized Rock Combo - $500 - Costa Mesa,CA
This one is currently listed, but there was another at $475 a couple of weeks ago, 3 or 4 listed in LA in the last year sub $500 - 2 sold on ebay I for $600 one listed at $600 took best offer.
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Specialized Rock Combo - $500 - Costa Mesa,CA
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...tory_type=post

That's a lot of rare bikes for sale. This one is a little rougher. I wish I could find the geo chart for these.
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce

1989 Specialized Rock Combo
Originally Posted by SoCaled

Why are there two different colorways for a bike that was only made one year?
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Originally Posted by shoota
Why are there two different colorways for a bike that was only made one year?
Good question - The ones on ebay are all with the green. The one that was listed a month ago here in LA was the all white. Memory is vague but I think the ones listed over the last year were a mix of the two.

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More Rock Combo Info from a post on www.mtbr.com user fatchanceti

"I did a little research on it while the bike was in transit. Here's an interesting bit of dialogue form an old google groups message board, including a snippet from the then Product Manager? at Specialized (Bryant Bainbridge, hence the BB-1 handlebar)

anonymous said:
I have to say, Rich, Scott has this one right. The RockCombo was
actually pretty different than the Rock Hopper, a much lower BB and
also significantly more aggressive steering. I've owned one and
ridden both, and they feel -very- different on the road / trail.

The folks at Specialized put a good bit of effort into making the RC
something different. It's really a shame it didn't work out.

For the curious, here's an email from BB, who was involved with the RC
design when he was at Specialized.

BB said:
Well, it's kind of a sad story. The bike that got designed was not the bike
that got built due to a manufacturing screw up. The design was a 72 degree
parallel main triangle with 1 3/4" rake and about a 17" rear end. I don't
remember exactly but the BB height was down around 11". The idea was to take
a mountain bike, steepen it up a bit and then lower the BB height to gain a
little more stability, while still being higher than a touring bike so that
there was clearance for offroad use. The tubeset was to be lighter as well.

Ibis made me a prototype which rode very well indeed. But the manufacturer
pulled a fast one a delivered a bike with a heavier tubeset than I had in
mind and the BB height was wrong. I can't remember whether it was too high
or too low, but I didn't like the ride. We made exactly one production run
and then that was it. Two things killed it: 1) The factory execution was
crap 2) Grant Peterson and I picked a 26" wheel format and the rest of the
industry went 700c. They won.

Grant and I wanted the more durable wheel size and at Specialized I had the
ability to make 26" road tires, such as the Fat Boy.

If you found one today it would be well suited as an urban commute rig. I
saw one downtown just a couple of weeks ago. As you said, they almost never
turn up because there were only something like 500 of them.

and another:

BB said:
Well, it was never a clone of Grant's bikes and in fact Grant started making flared drop bars after I produced an aftermarket set for Cunningham at Specialized. This bike was modeled after various drop bar mountain bikes I had been making in the shop I ran prior to coming to Specialized. At the time we were the only shop to sell Cunninghams and sold his flared Cinelli bars and LD stems by Potts and later Ibis. I had busted my back in the 83 Rockhopper (a race before it was a bike for Specialized) and had spent the years after trying to find a way to still ride on smooth dirt roads without pain. Lots of experimentation with modifying various offroad frames & cross bikes led to a final design which I had Ibis build as a prototype. Wish I still had it because it was quite nice. You are correct about the factory substituting heavier tubing and the wrong BB height, but what really killed this bike was the idustry's move to 700c as the format of choice for the emerging hybrid market. Grant Peterson and I had agreed that we would both use 26" as the wheel of choice, a decision that did not work out for either of us. In the end, no one wanted hybrids aimed at the performance end of the market and we folded this one up after one year.

-BB (my name on the bars there)"
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Univega Activa Trial - $50 - Anaheim,CA - Buy the tires get the bike for free!
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Originally Posted by SoCaled
More Rock Combo Info from a post on www.mtbr.com user fatchanceti

"I did a little research on it while the bike was in transit. Here's an interesting bit of dialogue form an old google groups message board, including a snippet from the then Product Manager? at Specialized (Bryant Bainbridge, hence the BB-1 handlebar)

anonymous said:
I have to say, Rich, Scott has this one right. The RockCombo was
actually pretty different than the Rock Hopper, a much lower BB and
also significantly more aggressive steering. I've owned one and
ridden both, and they feel -very- different on the road / trail.

The folks at Specialized put a good bit of effort into making the RC
something different. It's really a shame it didn't work out.

For the curious, here's an email from BB, who was involved with the RC
design when he was at Specialized.

BB said:
Well, it's kind of a sad story. The bike that got designed was not the bike
that got built due to a manufacturing screw up. The design was a 72 degree
parallel main triangle with 1 3/4" rake and about a 17" rear end. I don't
remember exactly but the BB height was down around 11". The idea was to take
a mountain bike, steepen it up a bit and then lower the BB height to gain a
little more stability, while still being higher than a touring bike so that
there was clearance for offroad use. The tubeset was to be lighter as well.

Ibis made me a prototype which rode very well indeed. But the manufacturer
pulled a fast one a delivered a bike with a heavier tubeset than I had in
mind and the BB height was wrong. I can't remember whether it was too high
or too low, but I didn't like the ride. We made exactly one production run
and then that was it. Two things killed it: 1) The factory execution was
crap 2) Grant Peterson and I picked a 26" wheel format and the rest of the
industry went 700c. They won.

Grant and I wanted the more durable wheel size and at Specialized I had the
ability to make 26" road tires, such as the Fat Boy.

If you found one today it would be well suited as an urban commute rig. I
saw one downtown just a couple of weeks ago. As you said, they almost never
turn up because there were only something like 500 of them.

and another:

BB said:
Well, it was never a clone of Grant's bikes and in fact Grant started making flared drop bars after I produced an aftermarket set for Cunningham at Specialized. This bike was modeled after various drop bar mountain bikes I had been making in the shop I ran prior to coming to Specialized. At the time we were the only shop to sell Cunninghams and sold his flared Cinelli bars and LD stems by Potts and later Ibis. I had busted my back in the 83 Rockhopper (a race before it was a bike for Specialized) and had spent the years after trying to find a way to still ride on smooth dirt roads without pain. Lots of experimentation with modifying various offroad frames & cross bikes led to a final design which I had Ibis build as a prototype. Wish I still had it because it was quite nice. You are correct about the factory substituting heavier tubing and the wrong BB height, but what really killed this bike was the idustry's move to 700c as the format of choice for the emerging hybrid market. Grant Peterson and I had agreed that we would both use 26" as the wheel of choice, a decision that did not work out for either of us. In the end, no one wanted hybrids aimed at the performance end of the market and we folded this one up after one year.

-BB (my name on the bars there)"
Thank you for a fascinating post. A lot of this rings true for me because I have always preferred the early 26"-wheel mountain bike frames for daily riding and commutes. The geometry is so laid back and comfortable, and the early MTB BBs were lower than the later, more extreme models. The DB Reynolds 531 All Terrain tubeset on my Dawes Ranger makes what I consider the perfect all-round vintage ride. For those who haven't seen this bike, here's a recent photo:



I can tour all day long on this bike with little or no fatigue. It is definitely my current favorite.
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Originally Posted by SoCaled
More Rock Combo Info from a post on www.mtbr.com user fatchanceti

"I did a little research on it while the bike was in transit. Here's an interesting bit of dialogue form an old google groups message board, including a snippet from the then Product Manager? at Specialized (Bryant Bainbridge, hence the BB-1 handlebar)

anonymous said:
I have to say, Rich, Scott has this one right. The RockCombo was
actually pretty different than the Rock Hopper, a much lower BB and
also significantly more aggressive steering. I've owned one and
ridden both, and they feel -very- different on the road / trail.

The folks at Specialized put a good bit of effort into making the RC
something different. It's really a shame it didn't work out.

For the curious, here's an email from BB, who was involved with the RC
design when he was at Specialized.

BB said:
Well, it's kind of a sad story. The bike that got designed was not the bike
that got built due to a manufacturing screw up. The design was a 72 degree
parallel main triangle with 1 3/4" rake and about a 17" rear end. I don't
remember exactly but the BB height was down around 11". The idea was to take
a mountain bike, steepen it up a bit and then lower the BB height to gain a
little more stability, while still being higher than a touring bike so that
there was clearance for offroad use. The tubeset was to be lighter as well.

Ibis made me a prototype which rode very well indeed. But the manufacturer
pulled a fast one a delivered a bike with a heavier tubeset than I had in
mind and the BB height was wrong. I can't remember whether it was too high
or too low, but I didn't like the ride. We made exactly one production run
and then that was it. Two things killed it: 1) The factory execution was
crap 2) Grant Peterson and I picked a 26" wheel format and the rest of the
industry went 700c. They won.

Grant and I wanted the more durable wheel size and at Specialized I had the
ability to make 26" road tires, such as the Fat Boy.

If you found one today it would be well suited as an urban commute rig. I
saw one downtown just a couple of weeks ago. As you said, they almost never
turn up because there were only something like 500 of them.

and another:

BB said:
Well, it was never a clone of Grant's bikes and in fact Grant started making flared drop bars after I produced an aftermarket set for Cunningham at Specialized. This bike was modeled after various drop bar mountain bikes I had been making in the shop I ran prior to coming to Specialized. At the time we were the only shop to sell Cunninghams and sold his flared Cinelli bars and LD stems by Potts and later Ibis. I had busted my back in the 83 Rockhopper (a race before it was a bike for Specialized) and had spent the years after trying to find a way to still ride on smooth dirt roads without pain. Lots of experimentation with modifying various offroad frames & cross bikes led to a final design which I had Ibis build as a prototype. Wish I still had it because it was quite nice. You are correct about the factory substituting heavier tubing and the wrong BB height, but what really killed this bike was the idustry's move to 700c as the format of choice for the emerging hybrid market. Grant Peterson and I had agreed that we would both use 26" as the wheel of choice, a decision that did not work out for either of us. In the end, no one wanted hybrids aimed at the performance end of the market and we folded this one up after one year.

-BB (my name on the bars there)"
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Still listed - Now $275.00
The Baylis, from the same seller, appears to be gone

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DON'T WALK, RUN!
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Same seller as the Baylis.

Let me know if you're in California and are willing to facilitate the purchase and shipment of this Carlton (compensation included for your time/participation).

If not, good luck BF'ers and run, run, run!

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Originally Posted by DQRider
Thank you for a fascinating post. A lot of this rings true for me because I have always preferred the early 26"-wheel mountain bike frames for daily riding and commutes. The geometry is so laid back and comfortable, and the early MTB BBs were lower than the later, more extreme models. The DB Reynolds 531 All Terrain tubeset on my Dawes Ranger makes what I consider the perfect all-round vintage ride. For those who haven't seen this bike, here's a recent photo:



I can tour all day long on this bike with little or no fatigue. It is definitely my current favorite.
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I have a couple of recent builds that like it or not, I may have to add some more upright swept back bars to them to see how much better they ride.

I have a really hard time getting past original type bars as the aesthetic for me is such a big factor, where the heart goes....
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Dang it. Anyone in Maine???

Originally Posted by WGB
Posted 6hrs ago in Kittery Maine
Posted in parts so might still be there.

​​​​​​https://maine.craigslist.org/bop/d/k...508350521.html

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Bianchi 12 speed road bike - $125 (Kittery)


Bianchi road bike that needs some work but has excellent components such as Campagnolo shifters and derailleurs, Ofmega pedals, aluminum rims, 3 ttt gooseneck,,etc. 23 inch frame.
Needs a chain as some of the links are rusted together, could use tires but they still hold air and the seat has some scruff marks. An easy bike to restore. $125



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Originally Posted by merziac
I have a couple of recent builds that like it or not, I may have to add some more upright swept back bars to them to see how much better they ride.

I have a really hard time getting past original type bars as the aesthetic for me is such a big factor, where the heart goes....
Oh yeah, I get that. Back when I was into motorcycles, I always built them into cafe racers - a more extreme riding position to match a more youthful aesthetic. Now that I'm an old fart, I am drawn to comfort, of course. The trick has always been to build a comfortable bike that doesn't look too comfortable, hence the upside-down touring bars on my road bike builds. They still look sporty, but they ride comfy. Works for me, anyway.
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Oh yeah, I get that. Back when I was into motorcycles, I always built them into cafe racers - a more extreme riding position to match a more youthful aesthetic. Now that I'm an old fart, I am drawn to comfort, of course. The trick has always been to build a comfortable bike that doesn't look too comfortable, hence the upside-down touring bars on my road bike builds. They still look sporty, but they ride comfy. Works for me, anyway.*
Motorcycles are a whole other can of worms.

I drag raced for 35 years and rode to the track for the first 7-8 of those so never got in to low bars, seemed to cramp the ability to wrangle the bike and the race.

Being tall the upright bars were better to control what I needed to do to win the round.

Seen many a newer racer and plenty of seasoned ones look down their nose at my stock barred upright and somewhat laid back setup right up to the point where I whipped their azz for being able to see and course correct better in a few 1000ths of a second or less.

Suited me just fine that they underestimated me, far more mental aspect than many ever know.
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I have no experience with anything carbon related. I know that some USPS Trek bikes are sought after and some aren't. Posting here only incase someone is looking for one of these.

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