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Old 07-08-07, 02:11 PM
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Rockhoppers...06 comp vs 08 models

Sorry for another "which bike?" thread but I'm seriously going into analysis paralysis here. I'm most a bike commuter. I ride 20-30 miles a day on a cyclo-cross bike. The other day, a buddy of mine took me out on some "mild" trails(I thought they were hardcore lol) and I really had a great time. I borrowed someones 07 hardrock sport and it felt pretty good I guess, I don't really know since this was my first time on a trail with real rocks, roots, trees and drops. I do know that I would not take my cyclo-cross bike on trails that rough and it was supposedly a mild one.

I've decided to spend ~$500-$600 on a mountain bike. I am serious about doing trail riding. This bike may also perform double duty during the winter as my commuter(20 road miles a day).

My local LBS has a leftover 06 Rockhopper Comp(non disc) for $550. I can get a new 08 rockhopper base for $500 and a 08 rockhopper disc for $600. I know the newer bikes have a better frame(I guess) but the older bike seemed to have better components. Can anyone help me decide which bike to buy? I would like to stick with specialized models because I want to support this shop. I should also state that 07 models are sold out in my size.

06 Rockhopper Comp

08 Rockhopper Base(specs not on website yet)
FRAME-M4 manipulated alloy frame, butted ORE DT, forged dropouts w/ replaceable 98954020 alloy hanger
FORK-RockShox Dart 3 SL, 100mm, 28.6mm Cr-Mo stanchions and alloy steerer, magnesium lower, coil spring, reb. adj. w/ lockout and preload adj.
FRONT BRAKE Pro Max, alloy "V" w/ linear spring
REAR BRAKE Pro Max, alloy "V" w/ linear spring
BRAKE LEVERS Pro-Max alloy two finger w/ adj. reach
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Altus FD-M310-6, top swing, 34.9mm clamp
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Alivio RD-M410
SHIFT LEVERS Shimano Acera SL-MC40
CASSETTE SRAM PG-830, 8-speed, 11-32t
CHAIN KMC X8, 1/2" x 3/32" w/ reusable Missing Link
CRANKSET Shimano FC-M341-8, replaceable rings, Octalink Spline
CHAINRINGS 42S/32S/22S
BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano BB-ES25, Octalink spline, cartridge bearing, 68 x 126mm for 50mm chainline
PEDALS Steel cage, composite body, 9/16"
RIMS Specialized/Alex RH 26, double wall, CNC sidewalls
FRONT HUB Specialized, forged alloy, 28h, polished races, steel QR
REAR HUB Shimano FH-RM30L, cassette, 32h, QR
SPOKES 1.8mm (15g) stainless, alloy nipples
FRONT TIRE Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport, 26x2.0", 60TPI, wire bead
REAR TIRE Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport, 26x2.0", 60TPI, wire bead
SADDLE Specialized XC, kevlar sides, front and rear bumpers, 143mm width
SEAT POST Specialized alloy two bolt micro adjust head, 30.9mm
SEAT BINDER Specialized alloy w/ QR, brass washer

2008 Rockhopper Disc is the same as above with different wheels and Avid BB-5 Disc Brakes.
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Old 07-08-07, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Industrial
Sorry for another "which bike?" thread but I'm seriously going into analysis paralysis here. I'm most a bike commuter. I ride 20-30 miles a day on a cyclo-cross bike. The other day, a buddy of mine took me out on some "mild" trails(I thought they were hardcore lol) and I really had a great time. I borrowed someones 07 hardrock sport and it felt pretty good I guess, I don't really know since this was my first time on a trail with real rocks, roots, trees and drops. I do know that I would not take my cyclo-cross bike on trails that rough and it was supposedly a mild one.

I've decided to spend ~$500-$600 on a mountain bike. I am serious about doing trail riding. This bike may also perform double duty during the winter as my commuter(20 road miles a day).

My local LBS has a leftover 06 Rockhopper Comp(non disc) for $550. I can get a new 08 rockhopper base for $500 and a 08 rockhopper disc for $600. I know the newer bikes have a better frame(I guess) but the older bike seemed to have better components. Can anyone help me decide which bike to buy? I would like to stick with specialized models because I want to support this shop. I should also state that 07 models are sold out in my size.

06 Rockhopper Comp

08 Rockhopper Base(specs not on website yet)
FRAME-M4 manipulated alloy frame, butted ORE DT, forged dropouts w/ replaceable 98954020 alloy hanger
FORK-RockShox Dart 3 SL, 100mm, 28.6mm Cr-Mo stanchions and alloy steerer, magnesium lower, coil spring, reb. adj. w/ lockout and preload adj.
FRONT BRAKE Pro Max, alloy "V" w/ linear spring
REAR BRAKE Pro Max, alloy "V" w/ linear spring
BRAKE LEVERS Pro-Max alloy two finger w/ adj. reach
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Altus FD-M310-6, top swing, 34.9mm clamp
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Alivio RD-M410
SHIFT LEVERS Shimano Acera SL-MC40
CASSETTE SRAM PG-830, 8-speed, 11-32t
CHAIN KMC X8, 1/2" x 3/32" w/ reusable Missing Link
CRANKSET Shimano FC-M341-8, replaceable rings, Octalink Spline
CHAINRINGS 42S/32S/22S
BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano BB-ES25, Octalink spline, cartridge bearing, 68 x 126mm for 50mm chainline
PEDALS Steel cage, composite body, 9/16"
RIMS Specialized/Alex RH 26, double wall, CNC sidewalls
FRONT HUB Specialized, forged alloy, 28h, polished races, steel QR
REAR HUB Shimano FH-RM30L, cassette, 32h, QR
SPOKES 1.8mm (15g) stainless, alloy nipples
FRONT TIRE Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport, 26x2.0", 60TPI, wire bead
REAR TIRE Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport, 26x2.0", 60TPI, wire bead
SADDLE Specialized XC, kevlar sides, front and rear bumpers, 143mm width
SEAT POST Specialized alloy two bolt micro adjust head, 30.9mm
SEAT BINDER Specialized alloy w/ QR, brass washer

2008 Rockhopper Disc is the same as above with different wheels and Avid BB-5 Disc Brakes.

I wasn't aware the 08s were getting the M4 alloy throughout the Rockhopper line. That's interesting if so. But as far as which you should get, the M4 will drop a few ounces off the frame (depending on what size) -- it shouldn't do much else because the geometry and tubing diameter remain the same, and those are the two biggest contributors to handling dynamics and stiffness. Other than being slightly lighter, the M4 has no real advantage. And if you're just trail riding and commuting, those ounces are unimportant. And if you're looking at racing, you should save your cash for a Stumpy.

The 06s were set up with SRAM components; this is a personal thing but I think SRAMs mid-low end stuff (sx4/sx5) is better than Shimano's (Acera/Alivio). And on the Comp, the 06 would have had X.7, which is leagues better than Alivio.

I'd get the 06 Comp. But I already have an 06 Base, so I'm biased
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Old 07-13-07, 01:22 PM
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I agree, you should def. get the '06, it has better components and better fork. The 06 rockhopper seems like the last rockhopper with good components. 07 and 08 are downgraded. 08 just has a slightly lighter frame. imo thats not reason enough to choose the 08 over 06. you should choose the 06 over 07 and 08. the tora 318 on 06 is supposedly better than the tora 302 on the 07's
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I ended up with a 07 fsrxc comp.... Thanks for the replys though.
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