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Old 07-21-13, 07:39 PM
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Old Specialized Hardrock frame?

To build or not to build?

Picked it up at a tag sale for a few bucks a year or two ago. It has the frame, fork, crank set, pedals, FD, handlebars with brake levers and shifter (3x7).

I would like to build this thing on the cheap into a decent entry level MTB.

I ran an ad on CL looking for stuff on the cheap to build this thing. Got a response from a very helpful gentleman who had most, but not all of what I needed. His thought was that by the time I got everything, I'd likely have more into it than it would cost to go out and just buy something similar off CL. The one thing he said would be difficult to find is the RD hanger. He said it could be very difficult to find the right one for an older bike.

Does anyone know if there is a way to figure out exactly which one would fit? Is there a way to date the frame to figure out what will work?
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How old? Hardrocks from a few years back with the overbuilt frames were freakin' cool. The really old ones with dated geometry though...I might go the Craigslist route if you have one of them.
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I picked a nice one up 2 years ago at a goodwill for my daughter. I am guessing it is mid 90's. All it needed was a clean up, air in tires and oiling the derailleurs. A bargain for $15 and she loves it!
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Don't know the age of it. The kid I bought if from claimed it was worth 300 bucks. I think I likely overpaid at 25 or 30 that I gave him. This one does look very stout. Really heavy and nicely done welds.

Is there a way to date these things?

I can post pics if it will help.
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Originally Posted by Maver71 View Post
I picked a nice one up 2 years ago at a goodwill for my daughter. I am guessing it is mid 90's. All it needed was a clean up, air in tires and oiling the derailleurs. A bargain for $15 and she loves it!
gotta love goodwill/salvation army store finds.
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Originally Posted by trekker pete View Post
Don't know the age of it. The kid I bought if from claimed it was worth 300 bucks. I think I likely overpaid at 25 or 30 that I gave him. This one does look very stout. Really heavy and nicely done welds.

Is there a way to date these things?

I can post pics if it will help.
Yup! Pics are needed. I built up an 06 with spare parts. If you've got a fairly new frame it's worth it. If it's really old, maybe not so much.
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Pete, You may want to look @ derailleurhangar.com. might have a specialized one that may work. Broke one on a Marin Kentfield, so I ordered one for it
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