The Ford Mondeo of the cycling world.
Rockhoppers are decent bikes, usually £500. A great starter bike.
I posted a couple of months back at £350 but notice they are now a bit cheaper, really good with the expected price rise on 2009 bikes.
Still THE mid-priced hardtail against which all others must be judged.
For more than 2 decades, the Specialized Rockhopper has been the vehicle that has got more of our customers into serious (and fun) mountain biking than any other single model of bicycle. Judging by this year's spec, the Specialized Rockhopper remains THE mid-priced hardtail against which all others must be judged.
* Fully butted M4 manipulated alloy frame with butted ORE down tube. Up till a couple of years ago, this quality of frame was reserved for Specialized's £1,000+ Stumpjumper range.
* RockShox Tora 302 SL - best fork at this price range.
* Avid V-brakes.
* Shimano FC-M442-8 crankset with Octalink splined bottom bracket.
SPECIALIZED ROCKHOPPER '08
FRAME M4 manipulated alloy frame, butted ORE DT, forged dropouts w/ replaceable 98954020 alloy hanger
REAR SHOCK N/A
FORK RockShox Tora 302 SL, 100mm, 32mm Cr-Mo stanchions and alloy steerer, Mag lower, coil spring, preload adj., LO w/ reb. adj.
HEADSET 1 1/8" threadless
STEM Specialized 3D forged alloy, four bolt, 31.8mm, 7 degree rise
HANDLEBARS Specialized alloy butted 31.8mm XC rise w/ graphic, 640mm wide, 8 degree back, 8 degree up sweep
GRIPS Specialized Enduro, dual density Kraton
FRONT BRAKE Avid SD3, forged alloy "V"
REAR BRAKE Avid SD3, forged alloy "V"
BRAKE LEVERS Avid FR-5
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore FD-M530, 34.9mm clamp
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano LX RD-M581, SGS cage
SHIFT LEVERS Shimano Deore SL-M530 trigger
CASSETTE Shimano HG-50, 9-speed, 11-34t
CHAIN KMC X9, 1/2" x 3/32" w/ reusable Missing Link
CRANKSET Shimano FC-M442-8, replaceable rings w/ alloy outer, Octalink Spline
BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano BB-ES25, Octalink spline, cartridge bearing, 68 x 118mm for 50mm chainline
PEDALS Specialized alloy 1pc body and cage, 9/16"
RIMS Specialized/Alex RH 26, double wall, CNC w/ eyelets
FRONT HUB Specialized Hi Lo disc, 28h, CNC flange and disc mount, polished races, alloy QR
REAR HUB Specialized Hi Lo disc, cassette, 32h, CNC flanges and disc mount, polished races, alloy QR
SPOKES 1.8mm (15g) stainless, alloy nipples, black
FRONT TYRES Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport, 26x2.0", 60TPI, wire bead
REAR TYRES Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport, 26x2.0", 60TPI, wire bead
TUBES Specialized schraeder valve
SADDLE Specialized Indie XC, 143mm width
SEAT POST Specialized butted alloy, two bolt micro adjust head, 30.9mm
SEAT BINDER Specialized alloy w/ QR, brass washer
WEIGHT 13kg / 28.5lb
NOTES Chain stay protector, reflectors, clear coat, owner's manual