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Old 01-18-10, 08:56 AM
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Age of Specialized Hardrock

Need help on date of this model. I received new as a gift somewhere around late eighties.
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Old 01-18-10, 09:50 AM
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My guess between 86-88 because of the brake under the chainstays.
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Old 01-18-10, 10:13 AM
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Thanks, I almost think it is one of the earliest Hardrocks, just not sure. Specialized was no help at all - said their database didn't go back that far. Thanks Again
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www.bikepedia.com has data on some but not all, and pics after a certain date. Or perhaps even better, do a Google image search for the possible dates: "1986 Specialized Hardrock" for example. You can bet that someone somewhere has a picture of a similar bike up on the web. I just used that method to date a Stumpjumper that appeared on Chicago CL.
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Thanks, I'll try that.
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Definitely 80s. In the 90s they used Shimano M200 group components. The best way to date the bike is from the date code on the parts
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With those Miami Vice colors I'd have to say DEFINATELY eighties. :
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With those Miami Vice colors I'd have to say DEFINATELY eighties. :
I had a '91 Hardrock in exactly the same teal color and I think that teal was used until 94 or so
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I have a early 90's hard rock, the brakes are canti, lower grade crankset, still has that funny blocked-out rear drop. This one is probably late 80's
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What size is it? Specialized still used U-brakes on their smallest Hardrock sizes in 1989. My guess based on the decals with the purple splotch is either 1988 or 89, and I think it's more likely '89, cause for whatever reason, I'm remembering that color as a frame choice.
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