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Specialized Rockhopper SL '10 £499.99 (mrp £699.99) @ edinburgh cycles
Specialized Rockhopper SL '10 £499.99 (mrp £699.99) @ edinburgh cycles

Specialized Rockhopper SL '10 £499.99 (mrp £699.99) @ edinburgh cycles

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Next best price is £549.99 at Hargrove cycles and £599.99 most everywhere else.

A quarter century of informed evolution.

The Rockhopper's M4 tubing is so advanced, Specialized once reserved it for their 4-figure Stumpjumpers. The geometry has been fine tuned over the past quarter century to a confidence-inspiring level of neutral-handling perfection. More than any other hardtail we do, the Specialized Rockhopper has form.

* For 2009/10, the Rockhopper SL frame has been further refined.
* The stays are asymmetrical - the RH side being reinforced to cope with drivetrain stresses.
* The frame is smooth welded.
* M4 frame - aluminium reinforced with silicon, copper, magnesium and vanadium, M4 was previously reserved for Specialized’s 4-figure Stumpjumpers. Almost twice the tensile strength of 6061 aluminium, the Specialized Rockhopper's M4 tubing can be safely built into a thinner walled, hence a lighter weight and more comfortable frame.
* Ore (Optimized Radius Engineering) down tube.
* ORE aligns the material with the forces applied to the frame at specific points, head tube forces being different to bottom bracket forces. It also provides the greatest weld surface area at the highest stress zones to maximise strength and stiffness without adding additional gussets and the extra weight they would carry. Like all the best frame designs, ORE is about delivering maximum strength and minimal weight.
* Even this least expensive Rockhopper is equipped with RockShox and hydraulic forks - a sign of the times that these are near-mandatory on today's mountain bikes.
* Weight: 12.8kg/28.25lb.

23 Comments

That's a great deal. I have had a Specialized Hardrock for 8 years now, and have been meaning to upgrade to the Rockhopper for around 2 years. Will definitely check this deal out.

Thanks OP!

Hot price.

I had a 1997 Rockhopper A1FS (with hope/xtr/easton upgrades) sadly stolen, but easily the best frame that I have ever ridden, I bought onw of the 2006 rockhoppers and it just wasn't the same....

The lesson being that you genuinely do need to try a bike out before you buy, otherwise you may end up being dissapointed....

Hot price.

I had a 1997 Rockhopper A1FS (with hope/xtr/easton upgrades) sadly stolen, but easily the best frame that I have ever ridden, I bought onw of the 2006 rockhoppers and it just wasn't the same....

The lesson being that you genuinely do need to try a bike out before you buy, otherwise you may end up being dissapointed....

A great bike - I got one of these a couple of months ago through the cycle to work scheme and it has been a revelation after years of cheaper options. I doubt there will be many better bikes in this price range.

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bradford_dr

Hot price.I had a 1997 Rockhopper A1FS (with hope/xtr/easton upgrades) … Hot price.I had a 1997 Rockhopper A1FS (with hope/xtr/easton upgrades) sadly stolen, but easily the best frame that I have ever ridden, I bought onw of the 2006 rockhoppers and it just wasn't the same....The lesson being that you genuinely do need to try a bike out before you buy, otherwise you may end up being dissapointed....



Totally agree, I had a shortlist of 6 bikes at around £500, but only two were available locally, so I had to just stick to those. I had discounted this bike as it's £600 everywhere else, but noticed the sale, took a test ride today and loved it.

Great price. No black ones though which is a shame for me.

I assume this is a good deal for people who actually competitively cycle on rough terrain in the UK so not applicable to me. Seems a good deal from those that know?

Fantastic deal, I found the frame slightly longer than the standard RH but it is a very robust bike.

seems good, should i get this, or, i have the opportunity to buy a 2006 kona cinder cone from a bloke at work second hand for 140 pounds, are they any good?

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Judosteffer

seems good, should i get this, or, i have the opportunity to buy a 2006 … seems good, should i get this, or, i have the opportunity to buy a 2006 kona cinder cone from a bloke at work second hand for 140 pounds, are they any good?


Seems like a good bike US link to user reviews.

I would recommend trying it, if you like it and it's in good condition it would seem like a good deal for what would have been a £600 bike. If the frame is a good one, everything else can be upgraded, so you have that option with the £360 you would save from buying the Rockhopper.

MKultra

I assume this is a good deal for people who actually competitively cycle … I assume this is a good deal for people who actually competitively cycle on rough terrain in the UK so not applicable to me. Seems a good deal from those that know?



I wouldn't want to race on one of these but a Rockhopper is the Mondeo of the mountain bike world, competant and great value.

This is the kind of bike that can really get you into Mountain biking.

Reasonable price - before long next year's bikes will be getting released meaning there should be plenty of good deals around. Also, considering it's a hardtail, it still sounds a bit on the heavy side. I think I'll stick to my lighter, full suspension Ellsworth Epiphany! (albeit costing about 8x the price!)

phoopha

Reasonable price - before long next year's bikes will be getting released … Reasonable price - before long next year's bikes will be getting released meaning there should be plenty of good deals around. Also, considering it's a hardtail, it still sounds a bit on the heavy side. I think I'll stick to my lighter, full suspension Ellsworth Epiphany! (albeit costing about 8x the price!)



Thanks - we really all needed to know that!

I got one of these 6 weeks ago from Evans on the Ride2Work scheme. Very solid, lightweight bike. No comparison to the cheap bikes you get in Halfords or elsewhere, this is built to last, but don't think its for competitive riding, its considered 'entry level' in mountain biking terms. The difference is these are made from alloys rather than steel so much lighter and wouldn't be prone to rust. Was £699 6 weeks ago so this is a bargain. Grab it while they still have some in stock!

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Midnight Tboy

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Focus_Killer_Bee_2010_Ltd_Edition/5360045262/ better spec and cheaper price imo


That was on my list, but it's online only. Although you can trial it for 30 days, which seems very fair. Also, some comments that I read suggested it was a more cramped frame and as I am over 6ft, I didn't want to take the chance.

paulscycles.co.uk/pro…886

There's also this one to consider ^. On bikeradar forum, when deciding between a few bikes they generally liked this one better too....especially as it has air forks instead of spring forks.

I've been looking for over a week now - and my budget keeps jumping from 350 upto about 600 or so - will get decided shortly - but considering upping the budget again to a Cube Ltd Race 2010 Seems v good specs for the money if price up some of the differences in cost of parts compared to the others. chainreactioncycles.com/Mod…335

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Midnight Tboy

http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m1b38s2p1886 There's also … http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m1b38s2p1886 There's also this one to consider ^. On bikeradar forum, when deciding between a few bikes they generally liked this one better too....especially as it has air forks instead of spring forks.I've been looking for over a week now - and my budget keeps jumping from 350 upto about 600 or so - will get decided shortly - but considering upping the budget again to a Cube Ltd Race 2010 Seems v good specs for the money if price up some of the differences in cost of parts compared to the others. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=44335



My budget spiralled up to £700 before I started being realistic, for £700 I would have bought this Boardman

I bought the Diamond Apex from Pauls and its a fantastic bike with good spec of parts.
The bike was delivered very quickly.
The thing I found was the bigger names didnt have as good as spec forks or gears.
At this price you cant go wrong.

...ish

My budget spiralled up to £700 before I started being realistic, for £700 … My budget spiralled up to £700 before I started being realistic, for £700 I would have bought this Boardman



I've got the 2008 Boardman Comp HT with the slightly better 130mm Recon SL air fork. It's easily as good as HT's twice it's price. I really advise trying one before parting with your cash.

the carrera fury for £529.99 is a good deal.
won awards and got 5/5 in what mountain bike.

halfords.com/web…499

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moonmonkey

the carrera fury for £529.99 is a good deal.won awards and got 5/5 in … the carrera fury for £529.99 is a good deal.won awards and got 5/5 in what mountain bike.http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_518245_langId_-1_categoryId_165499


...and it's almost impossible to get hold of (especially in a 20" frame). I was all set to buy one, but after visiting Halfords and then the bikeradar.com forum, it seems they have been scarce for quite some time. The Halfords employee I spoke to said he expected a new version to be out soon, but at £100 more and not as good a spec.

Now expired and back up to £699....sadly!!
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