Product DescriptionThe Rockhopper is a time-tested XC hardtail built for cruising fire roads and slicing through singletrack. Equipped with Tektro disc brakes and a custom-tuned SR Suntour suspension fork with lockout, the Rockhopper combines performance with value in a package every rider will appreciate.
- Fully butted M4 alloy frame for lightweight confidence over the roughest trails
- Custom-tuned SR Suntour 80mm-travel suspension fork with hydraulic damping, proprietary Spike Valve, lockout with lightweight magnesium lowers, and alloy steerer delivers the supple ride qualities of a high-end fork
- Light and durable double-walled alloy rims are tough enough to handle the rough stuff; Specialized The Captain Sport tires lend a perfect knob pattern for diverse conditions
- Specialized The Captain Sport tires lend a perfect knob pattern for diverse conditions
- SR Suntour replaceable-ring crankset uses Shimano's sealed cartridge bearing, Octalink-splined, BB interface for reliable power transfer and ease of service
- Tektro Draco hydraulic disc brakes with dual pistons and forged calipers assure precision braking and durability
- Shimano Alivio 9-speed rear derailleur and Rapidfire trigger shifters for reliable, high-end performance; Shimano 9-speed, 11-34t cassette offers gearing options for a variety of terrain types
- Shimano 9-speed, 11-34t cassette offers gearing options for a variety of fitness levels
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Date Reviewed: July 14, 2014
Strengths: Super durable, great handling through turns, pretty lightweight, and just a BLAST to ride! Great for wide range of riders.Comfortable as well. Front lockout makes easy pavement commuting. Great high speed maneuverability. Easy to adjust brakes. Shimano equipment is high quality and durable. GREAT, Absolutely GREAT learner bike.
Weaknesses: Dart 3 front shock isn't the best front unit but it honestly does the trick pretty darn well. Brakes do not like mud at all, expect to find yourself cleaning them if you thrash any mud and/or muddy puddles. Besides that, nothing to complain about.
I gave it a five in every category because it has been literally no cost to me except self-performed maintenance till I destroyed the rear wheel on a jump (but that is my fault not the bikes.) I rated for what it is which is an XC hardtail with decent price of $450 back then. It gets a 5 star/peeper rating because it has done more for me than I have ever expected.
It is a very easy bike to service the brakes and chain. If you want to do mountain biking/XC and also want to be able to commute or exercise on your local paved bike path, it is an awesome bike. If you are getting into mountain biking and don't want to blow thousands on a rear shock you may not want, definitely consider the Rockhopper. It has given me many adventures for seven whole years. Even as a hardtail, its back wheel hops around in a delightfully fun way. I have ridden this all throughout Fort Ord and keep up with my buddy on a Trek Fuel EX full suspended bike. Overall, great stability, versatility, and fun. If you want a multi-use hardtail, BUY it. You will love it through every turn.
Duration Product Used: 7 years (have owned two)
Price Paid: $450.00
Purchased At: Art's Cyclery, San L
Similar Products Used: Trek Mountain 220 (a joke compared to this bike),
Bike Setup: Absolutely stock for all seven years
Date Reviewed: May 11, 2014
Strengths: Frame: geometry is great for climbing, decending and long distance xc rides. Never felt like I had too little bike or travel.
Brakes: bb5 get a bad rap from most, but never had anything brake, even after some bad crashes. just need a bit more maintenance as the pad wears down.
Crank, cassette, chain, and shifters: over 1500 miles on them and still good. shifts are still clean, no ghost shifting. levers have also taken a beating and are still crisp.
Weaknesses: Shock: dart 3 leaves something to be desired on anything but asphalt and hard pack.
Seat: long distances leave a bit to be desired. was swapped for a wtb.
Tires: fast tracks were sketchy in loose terrain, rubbish in wet, or muddy terrain.
Date Reviewed: October 14, 2013
Strengths: This review is for the 2011 disc 26er, 17.5". With nearly perfect geometry, the Rockhopper holds a line like a cat on a rug. "Captain" stock tires are fantastic for most XC conditions (loose, dry, rocky, damp). SRAM’s 3x8 works perfectly and is very durable. The stock fork is very stiff and has nice action for a 150 lb rider. The Avid BB5 mechanical discs have a wonderful feel and are fairly powerful. Specialized did not skimp on the R&D for this model. This bike costs less than the wheelset on my EPIC S-works. The 2011 Rockhopper is an insanely good bike for the money!
Weaknesses: Avid BB5 calipers take patience to set up. Lack of rebound damping adjuster could be an issue for some riders.
Duration Product Used: 2 years
Price Paid: $550.00
Purchased At: LBS
Similar Products Used: EPIC S-Works. El mariachi Ti
Bike Setup: Stock, stem down
Date Reviewed: August 3, 2013
Strengths: Low/ no maintenance; stiff enough for climbs supple enough for smooth gravity; good energy return when mashing; good geometry
Weaknesses: New Components make it yours
Date Reviewed: December 13, 2012
Strengths: This is a lightweight bike very strong on the uphills and the down.
Weaknesses: the forks are my only problem with the bike.
Date Reviewed: September 20, 2012
Strengths: Great Frame, Durable Finish, Standard Components Fit great, no special crap required
Weaknesses: Wheels are junk, fork too.
Wheels are Alex, and are known to be junk. Replaced within 150 miles. I replaced the headset and front fork quickly too. The headset was not a fan of a really rainy ride I went on, and the Dart 2 fork is known junk, but might has suited someone a little less massive then myself.
The frame has been bulletproof, zero issues. I did have to face the bottom bracket shell, as it was 1-3mm out of true, and caused bottom bracket issues. Everything else has worked great.
Date Reviewed: July 23, 2012
Strengths: Great starter bike. Good value. Lightweight, nimble, easy to maneuver.
Weaknesses: Didn't take long at all for the derailleurs to start malfunctioning. Gears don't last long w/o needing a replacement.
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2012
Strengths: Very light, great for climbs, good front fork, nice gears, pretty good brakes. i love the handel bar grips!
Weaknesses: peadals are junk, seat not the best either, other than that nothing bad
Date Reviewed: May 24, 2012
Strengths: Frame is built to be punished. Gears put the exclaimation point on this bike. The rims and tires make this bike glide up concrete steps! Love that front shock quick release lever!
Weaknesses: wish they made a lever for the front shock to lock up when needed!. My only complaint is that this bike didn't come with peanut butter. LOL. I love this bike yo!! Thumbs up guys...
Date Reviewed: March 9, 2012
Strengths: handling, good looks, climbing ability, decent front shock.
Weaknesses: hubs, brake noise and stiction issues, plastic derauiler cage
Hovewer, there are problems: rear hub pawls wore out after 1500km. Chain and casette were close to being done at the same time. The wheel went out of true a few times. Front hub (Specialized Hi Lo) needs constant upkeep.
Saddle needed to be replaced as the original felt like permanent colonoscopy. Pedals were replaced with SPD - slippage on the stock pedals was bad.Original tires wore out at 1500km - not a big loss, they were plain dangerous on wet roots.
Rear derauler has parts of the cage made of plastic - this cacked and in time caused the unit to malfunction due to alignment issues.
I upgraded the rear wheel to DMR revolver 6 pawl (same like the reviewer below) and found out this to be a complete crap - lasted about 800 km before pawls got chewed. Not covered under warranty....
But the worst part was a crack in the frame which I discovered during regular maintenance - on the non drive side at the crimping where the chainstay goes around the tire there was a crack. I am not sure if this was caused by stiffening the rear wheel, or by my leg torque trying to twist the frame.
As this was a second handed bike Specialized told me to get lost - I was not after a free frame, but it would be nice of them to consider selling me a frame under their crash protection program.
Good bike if you are not a clyde. Otherwise stay away. If you are a clyde and think about upgrading this bike for durability - it is not worth it. Start with something sturdier to begin with.
Duration Product Used: 2 Years
Price Paid: $900.00
Purchased At: second handed
Similar Products Used: Giant Trance, Ellsworth Epiphany
Bike Setup: SPD pedals, Specialized body geometry saddle
Date Reviewed: November 15, 2011
Strengths: Frame, Brakes, TIRES, shifters, wheels, shock
Weaknesses: Rear Cassette, seat
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Price Paid: $840.00
Purchased At: Main Line Cycles
Similar Products Used: n/a
Bike Setup: SRAM rear cassette, $18 padded seat, otherwise stock. SPD clipless pedals
Date Reviewed: November 14, 2011
Strengths: SRAM shifters offer smooth quick shifts. Tunable front fork allows the rider to optimize the fork damping for his physical build to gain the most front wheel to ground contact when flying down hills. Tires perform phenomenally in sandy uphill climbs. 26" alloy wheels stay true even when hammered. Frame is light and durable. Excellent for riding on the street as a commuter bike, too.
Weaknesses: The 4 click SRAM shifters take a little getting used to. The lever throw on the 4th click is a bit too far for my thumb. I've remedied this by planing my thumb closer to the fulcrum when I down-shift the rear wheel.
For some reason, it took a few months to break in even with me putting 7-10 miles on it per day. After three months, its finally broken in nicely.
Price Paid: $630.00
Similar Products Used: 2008 Specialized Hardrock Comp Disc. This one was stolen from me, so I bought the Rockhopper. Gearing is identical. The frame geometry is similar, except I notice that there is a bit more room to lean forward when climbing. Getting used to this ride was easy, therefore.
Bike Setup: I'm 6'1" and ride a 21" frame. Setup is stock. Avid BB5 disc brakes. Stock wheels, pedal, tires. Added heavy thorn-resistant tubes, but don't feel them in the pedals at all. Been riding it every day to work and on the trails for three months and the chain has not needed to be lubed.
Date Reviewed: October 9, 2011
Strengths: Light weight. Good design.
Weaknesses: Drive train.
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Price Paid: $720.00
Similar Products Used: Trek mountain bike
Bike Setup: All stock 2011, 26 inch wheels
Date Reviewed: July 20, 2011
Strengths: Excellent construction, great attention to detail, welds are awesome. It is light weight and maneuverable. Dropouts are extra strong. Holds a straight line like no other and climbs like a beast.
Weaknesses: Can feel to light, almost unstable in the fork when navigating in tight areas, but just takes time to get used to.
Price Paid: $1200.00
Purchased At: Zanes Cycles
Similar Products Used: Trek 6000, Specialized HardRock (2000)
Bike Setup: Stock Set Up
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.
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Price Paid: $628.00
Purchased At: Beaver Sports, Fairb
Bike Setup: Stock 2009 model.
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