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Old 06-05-07, 07:34 AM
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What year Rockhopper did I buy?

I picked up this Specialized Rockhopper from a friend for $50, but I can't figure out what year it is... It is in pretty decent shape, and I only paid $50 for it!

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I'm gonna guess 2000/2001
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Good deal.
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Old 06-05-07, 08:43 AM
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You did get the front wheel too... Didn't you?
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Sometimes you can tell by looking at the serial number. Other times they're impossible to decipher. Give it a try, if it really matter...
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Old 06-05-07, 02:54 PM
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It doesn't really matter, I was just curious. The Specialized site goes back to 2002, which is very similar so my guess was also around '00 - '01.

Yes I did get the front wheel as well, I just took it out of my truck and put it up the stand.

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Old 06-05-07, 03:08 PM
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Damn good deal you got yourself there .
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Great deal. If the derailers are original, you can accurately date the bike. Look at the back plate for both derailers. There will be the usual lettering and there will be two letters. Record them and then go to the "Vintage Trek" website. select component dates from the menu on the left, click on Shimano near the top of the page that comes up. You will see two charts, the first letter is the year, the second is the month it was manufactured. If it's a 2000 Rockhopper, the first letter will probably be a "Y", but it could also be an "X" if it was manufacture at the end of 1999. If your unsure, post the letters here. This only works if the derailers are original equipment.
BTW, did you check the Specialized website? They have quite a nice archive of bikes. If its not there, then you'll know its older than the oldest year they have on the website.
BTW, great, outstanding deal for that bike. I have an 05 and love it.
EDIT: I forgot to mention, ignore the letter VIA, thats a logo, not the date code.
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Old 06-05-07, 09:33 PM
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Oh, BTW, my guess is a 2001.
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I found the stamp on the front derailer, and it's XG. According to the site, at least that part was made in Jul of '99.

The only code I can fine on the rear is RD-M510. As far as the specialized website, they archive back to 2002. The low end Rockhopper they have for that model year looked similar to this one, so that is why I was guessing '00 - '01.
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I've found this to be helpful at times.

http://www.airfreetires.com/Specs/Default.asp
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Originally Posted by Stacey
I've found this to be helpful at times.

http://www.airfreetires.com/Specs/Default.asp
That is a cool site, thanks for the link.
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You're welcome. It helped me nail down my Ross Mt. McKinley & Schwinn Sierra 700GS
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