Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc XC Hardtail

4.36/5 (70 Reviews)
MSRP : $900.00


Product Description

Recreational XC Hardtail
A reliable, efficient and trail-tough hardtail that packs a ton of performance into a light and easy-to-love package. Maybe you're just rediscovering riding, or perhaps just discovering the unbeatable joy of exploring long, fast, sweet trails. With nearly 25 years of continual refinement and race-bred performance trickled down from our Stumpjumper line, the Rockhopper is a reliable, efficient and trail-tough hardtail that packs a whole lot of performance into one easy package. The Rockhopper's entirely redesigned frame is lighter than ever and classically tuned for trail riding, with just the right blend of quickness and composure.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chryss a Cross Country Rider from Fairbanks, AK, USA

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2011

Strengths:    Nimble, lightweight, stable, good tires and wheels.

Weaknesses:    Not sure about mechanical disc brakes, fork is meh, drivetrain is functional but nothing special.

Bottom Line:   
For my first mountain bike I could not be happier, having found a 2009 model on sale at the LBS in my size. I currently ride 6-10 mile loops a few times a week on the MTB, which doubles as a get-around vehicle over the potholes of Fairbanks, and several longer road rides on a touring bike. The Rockhopper is much fun to ride on the local trails, including through some mud holes, over roots and bumps, or simply on the road down the hill to get lunch in the middle of the workday. Specialized has been making Rockhoppers for a good while, and I guessed they'd have figured out the product by now -- I've not been disappointed.

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Favorite Trail:   UAF trail system

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $628.00

Purchased At:   Beaver Sports, Fairb

Bike Setup:   Stock 2009 model.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by d0ggie a Weekend Warrior from Chicago

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2010

Strengths:    Excellent bike for the money. I'm a Specialized fan by heart because they are incredibly solid and hold up so well. What comes on the bike is what you can expect for the price.

Weaknesses:    DISCLAIMER: The following things you can expect on a bike for this price, but I'll still mention that the brakes are not, and the fork and pedals aren't much better. Again, they should be expected for the price.

Bottom Line:   
What you can expect from this bike is very worth the money. You will not be unhappy with the purchase. Of course you cannot expect flawless components, but upgrading stuff is the nature of this hobby. Specialized makes a killer bike and you won't regret getting a rockhopper. With that said, upgrading the fork, brakes, and pedals will make it feel like a new bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Palos

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   George Garner Cycles

Similar Products Used:   2003 Hardrock

Bike Setup:   Stock minus a Fox F90 RL fork, Hygia brakes, and SPD pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BikeNE a Cross Country Rider from Albany, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2010

Strengths:    Fairly Lightweight, good tires and grips

Weaknesses:    components are not the best and lightest, wheels went out of true and had to replace, brakes need alot of adjustment and rub alot.

Bottom Line:   
Very happy with the purchase based on the money i payed. I have done everything from downhill to xc race and it has held up great.

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Favorite Trail:   Grafton Lakes State Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Plaine and Sons

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Stock with new wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Archie a Cross Country Rider from Hayward, CA

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2010

Strengths:    Nice and light Frame, Good BB5 Disc Brakes (learned to adjust it myself after the store couldnt adjust it properly), RockShox Dart 3 fork, This bike is great for the price

Weaknesses:    Had to replace the spring in the Dart 3 fork with a softer one because the spring that came with it is for 170 lbs and up. Its not really a weakness but it would be great if they have an option to change it prior to purchasing the bike. After i changed the spring (for $17, It feels more like a 100mm fork than before. Before it felt like a 60mm fork.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a great upgrade from the Specialized Hardrock. Its almost perfect if properly matched with the right spring type(Soft, stock, or Hard).

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Chabot, Castro Valley

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale F6, Trek 4300

Bike Setup:   Blackburn Atom 4.0 Computer

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by markaobrien a Cross Country Rider from Wichita KS USA

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2010

Strengths:    Strong frame, reliable handling

Weaknesses:    Heavy

Bottom Line:   
This is a bit of a heavy bike, but fun none the less. I was out of biking since my bikes were stolen 6 years ago, and really missed it. Got the bike in Feb 10, and have put ~50 miles per week on the bike. One accident at full speed on pavement hurt me pretty bad, I had to replace the grips on the bike because one got shredded...and that's all that happened to it. (hit sand, then curb at 25mph).

This is a good bike. The components could stand to be upgraded, but that is just part of having a bike.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Pedaler

Similar Products Used:   2001 Kona Nunu, 2006 GF Paragon, 2009 GF Paragon

Bike Setup:   Shimano pedals, old man ergo grips, FastTrack Armidillo's, stock otherwise

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mikeyc a Weekend Warrior from Chicago, IL

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2010

Strengths:    Looks great, good component set, durable, works like it should

Weaknesses:    Pedals are crappy and should be replaced with clipless (no surprise), brakes are not great

Bottom Line:   
Absolutely love the bike to death. I'm a Specialized fan by heart and this bike hasn't let me down. The brakes are starting to get on my nerves...I already bend a rear rotor, and they squeak and don't have great stopping power. They work, just Avid BB are not the best for stopping.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   All stock...X-5 rear derailer, X-4 shifters, Avid BB5, RockShox Dart 3,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by LWR a Weekend Warrior from Seattle Wa US

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2010

Strengths:    Its A great amount of bike for the money, looks good, solid frame.

Weaknesses:    pedals, paint chips easily.

Bottom Line:   
I spent about $500 upgrading my 08 rockhopper, It was alot of fun doing the work myself, and learning how to setup and tune it. My old steel framed Fischer handled perfectly, this bike is on par, and with my upgrades is the perfect hardtail for all I can dish out!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Gregs Greenlake Cycl

Similar Products Used:   Fischer hoo koo e koo

Bike Setup:   truvative crankset, bb7 brakes, x-7, welgo cage pedals, sette bars and saddle, azonic wheelset with staggered bulldog airlites

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kattrap a Cross Country Rider from Santa Cruz, CA USA

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2010

Strengths:    2007 rig. Nice component set for the price.. it looks like they've cheapened in later models. Lightweight, stiff. Great beginner XC MTB.

Weaknesses:    Weak rims. I'm not tiny and don't crash very much.. they still need trued more often than they should. Brakes sometimes need redialed after bumpy "DH lite" sections at speed (not excessive breaking while going down).

Bottom Line:   
My rating is based on this bike being a beginner cross-country style ride. I've taken this bike on most legal trails in SC county (not Demo) and some other routes not geared towards downhill madness and had a blast. I've seen this bike setup as a commuter with full mudguards and a rack (a shame) and racing in a cyclocross race (out of it's league). There are your opposites.
I'm a bit miffed at Specialized for some of their corporate trail usage in my area so I won't purchase from them again, but this review isn't of the company. :p

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   The Spokesman

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Robb Spence a Cross Country Rider from Brentwood Ca.

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2009

Strengths:    Awesome climbing abilitty,great handling,good down-hill performance,hit speeds up to 42 miles hr.I've also rode this bike on all day treks quite offten and find it a comforetable and reliable bike.For the price it's a great bike.I would recomend this bike for anyone who loves to be out in mother nature and soak up the fun of exploring new trails and the love to be out doors.Clouds,rain or shine it's always a good day to ride Love this bike!

Weaknesses:    Being a Hardtail it does throw you around on the rough stuff, but I still love it.

Bottom Line:   
Go For It!

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Favorite Trail:   Black Diamond Ridge Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $625.00

Purchased At:   Livermore Cyclery


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by XCMTBing fanatic a Cross Country Rider from Salinas,CA

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2009

Strengths:    good frame, fork is decent,good tires, and good shifters

Weaknesses:    brakes,crank/drivetrain

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for the money frame is very strong I fell about 15 feet and the only thing that broke was the seat. It shifts well only, stuck once or twice throughout the 6 months I've had it, the brakes suck the squeak a lot and need ajustment almost every ride and the crank or drivetrain I'm not sure which one squeaks A LOT whenever I'm going up hill.

But over all decent bike for an entry level rider.

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Favorite Trail:   Red Rock

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Santa Cruz Cycling C

Similar Products Used:   older rockhoppers

Bike Setup:   2009 stock setup

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by love29ers a Weekend Warrior from Boise, Idaho

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2009

Strengths:    Geometry is good, climbs very well, Shimano Deore rear derailleur is ok but not great. Rockshox Tora is appropriate for price level.

Weaknesses:    Cheap crankset doesn't transfer power as well as I'd like. I cannot make the front brake stop whining very loudly no matter what I do. I've cleaned and burned the pads with rubbing alcohol, cleaned out the brake assembly itself, won't stop whining. Cheap wheelset, heavy and high rolling resistance.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good beginner to low intermediate bike and the frame is very strong. I would recommend it to people who are just getting into the sport, and if money is an issue, it is very easy to upgrade the parts on this bike as you can afford it. Don't buy this bike if you have several years of serious riding under your belt and want better parts at the get go. Overall I do like this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I'm on

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   George's Cycles and

Bike Setup:   Stock except for seat, SPD pedals, bar ends.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nikoe416 a Cross Country Rider from granby, massachusetts, USA

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2009

Strengths:    Solid and stiff, disk brakes, riser and handlebars, rockshox tora fork is ok with good travel 100mm, nice shifters but slow to shift.

Weaknesses:    Shimano deore crankset is poor, mechanical disk brakes, metal cage pedals suck(buy clip pedals)

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for the price and a great bike for riders getting into MTB.

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Favorite Trail:   Hardpack singletrack

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Competative Edge

Similar Products Used:   Stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   stock components but i did replace the pedals with crankbros clip pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by WettestSummerEver a Weekend Warrior from Chillicothe,OH

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2009

Strengths:    Frame, Price

Weaknesses:    Wheelset, pedals, BB5's

Bottom Line:   
This is a fantastic bike. The components are average at best and you will want to upgrade if you're not a beginner. However, once you upgrade, you will be throughly impressed. This bike is constantly pushing me to be a better rider. Just make sure you replace the pedals immediately because they have zero traction (borderline dangerous) once you're on trails.

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Favorite Trail:   Great Seal

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Bike Source - Columb

Similar Products Used:   Older GT Outpost

Bike Setup:   DMR V8 pedals, Rhynolites w/ Panaracer XC pros, BB7's w/SL7's, Raceface 34T bashguard, ODI lockons, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Yes You a Cross Country Rider from Tri State, USA

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2009

Strengths:    High quality bike for the this price range, solid build.

Weaknesses:    Grips, packaging, saddle.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is very high quality; every thing feels light and solid. It is a very good looking bike with a very well build frame; the frame build quality is what pulled me to it. Brakes and components work fine and are some things that don’t need upgrading right away. I recommend this bike, but it is important to check out other bikes from other brands so we don't run around with the same model, like carbon copies.

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Favorite Trail:   Somewhere there

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Lots of BMX bikes

Bike Setup:   Stock for now!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sjd181 a Cross Country Rider from Greensboro, NC, USA

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2009

Strengths:    This bike has many strengths for the price you pay. The frame is strong, the tires are deceptively aggressive, the brakes (BB5) are the best I have ever used, and the shifting is smooth (X4 shifters, X5 RD and Altus FD with an 8 speed cassette). The Dart 3 fork gets the job done (I use the lockout very often) and the geometry of the bike allows me to climb very well.

Weaknesses:    -Rims (bent the front rim in a low speed crash; I wasn't expecting that!)
-Pedals (I bought a set of Forte Platform pedals; they work great!)
-8 speed cassette (not really a weakness but some may feel the need to upgrade to a 9 speed)


Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent bike for a any biker, from beginner to a veteran. The components are not high end, however they work just fine. If you are going to upgrade this bike, keep in mind the frame (its a little heavier than competitive XC bike frames). I am a recreational rider- this bike was perfect for all of my needs. I have pushed the bike hard and have not been disappointed.

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Favorite Trail:   Northeast Park Bike Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $769.00

Purchased At:   Cycles De Oro

Similar Products Used:   Giant Yukon

Bike Setup:   -Added Forte Platform Pedals
-Added Specialized Bar Ends (I may not keep them; havn't really "used" them; they may be redundant with a riser bar)

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