Specialized Rockhopper Comp FS Bike 1998 or Older

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Specialized Rockhopper Comp FS


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave Q a Weekend Warrior from Tucson, Az

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2008

Strengths:    1)Price, 2)quality, 3)components (some of them)

Weaknesses:    The stock seat...the pawn shop guys don't keep air in the tires.

Bottom Line:   
A great cruiser, what a sweet frame. Smooth and responsive. The Ritchey cantis are great stoppers. I've set it up as a "two-fer", so I can run it as 42 x 18 or 32 x 18 if I hit some hills

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Super Pawn

Similar Products Used:   See my previous post

Bike Setup:   Ritchey Logic tubing, Mavic 221 w/ LX hubs. Kona P2 fork, Specialized Alias saddle, XT levers with Ritchey cantis. Specialized cranks, 42 x 18: It's single speed baby!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Tucson, Az

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2007

Strengths:    Like it just rolled off the showroom floor. Couldn't beat the price...$100!!! Ritchey Nitanium tubing

Weaknesses:    Didn't like the stock seat...the guys at the pawn shop couldn't figure how to put air in the tires.

Bottom Line:   
I replaced the brakes with AVID Ti brakes, as well as the seat (WTB). I swapped out the Jett fork for a rigid Kona P2 fork. The stock Specialized stem was replaced with a cool "SIC" stem. I just picked up some LX / Mavic rims, so will use the Ritchey wheels on my next project.
How can you beat this bike for $100?

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Favorite Trail:   lots o' different stuff

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $105.00

Purchased At:   Super Pawn

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale, Specialized, GT, Kona, Haro

Bike Setup:   The bike was set up stock...STX front deraileur, Dia-Compe V-brakes and levers, cheap Specialized seat. It got better once I got to the Ritchey rims, and the LX rear deraileur.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Hadley Movin' a Cross Country Rider from Riverview, New Brunswick

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2005

Strengths:    Good frame, decent components.

Weaknesses:    Front fork, resin pedals, older frame geometry. OEM flat bar was apparently recalled for premature failures, but I never had a problem in 6 years xc riding.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this 20" 1994 Specialized Rockhopper Comp FS in 1998 for $250 (CDN). Used it mainly for daily commute, bike trails and some single track. Not a lot of miles (2000+), but the bike was basically stock until this year. Had maybe one tune up in 6 years and lots of neglect, plus I'm a clydesdale at 200 lbs. Overall a good, solid performer for light riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Dobson Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Bungay's

Similar Products Used:   Norco rigid, Devinci Cactus, Jamis Dakar XC Comp.

Bike Setup:   1999 Marzocchi Z2 Atom Bomb, Avid SD7 V-brakes, Koolstop pads, XTR Brake Cables, Generic Brake Levers, 1664 BMX Pedals, Sun Ringle Evolution stem, Specialized XC 2014 Low Rise Bar, Louis Garneau Gel Grips, Nisene Fizik Seat, Shimano MC-37 Shifters & Cables, Alex 2000 Rear Wheel, Lizard Skin headset seal, Haro headset top cap. Derailleurs, bottom bracket, headset, chainrings, cassette and hubs are stock (STX-RC).

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Doug a Cross Country Rider from Calgary,AB Canada

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2004

Strengths:    Richie components : Nitanium frame (very comfortable), Rims.
Shimano XT/LX Components.


Weaknesses:    Specialized components : Wheel Hubs, cranks, poor seat (but still better than a Coda seat). V-Brakes.

Bottom Line:   
The FS Comp seems more suited to being a cross country bike than a serious mountain bike. The bike was great on cross country rides, but when I tried the bike on a some difficult trails, but I found the traditional geometry of the Specialized didn't work well especially on steeper hills. The stock brakes were poor, and the Rock Shock was a little weak. Rather than spending a small fortune to upgrade this bike to disks and a better fork, I decided to buy a Brodie Evolution for my mountain bike needs, and relegate this bike to a commuter/touring bike. The freeride geometry of the Brodie is much better for mountain biking than the Specialized. The Brodie has more clearance and is a lot better for climbing than this bike. The Brodie was twice the price of the Specialized new, but if I add up everything I had to replace, the Specialized cost me almost as much. The original Specialized rear hub self destructed after ~1.5 years of use, and it was replaced with an XT hub (which is still going strong). I have had to replace several other stock components like the cranks, bottom bracket, seat, seat post, stem, V-brakes and levers. The bike now has Avid SD brakes which are almost as good as the disk brakes on the Brodie (4 chilis for the brakes). I replaced the cranks with a Shimano crank set. The LX Hollowtech crankset performs better than the original Specialized cranks. Now that I have swapped out a lot of the stock components, it is a great bike. The Richie Nitanium frame is very comfortable, and was the number one reason I bought this bike (5 chilis for the frame). It is good for riding long distances, and using as a commuter bike every day.

This bike may seem like a bargain at first compared to other bikes, but be prepared to replace the cheaper components if you use it a lot. My Brodie takes a lot more abuse than this bike, but after 4 years of use it still had most of the factory components (It's time to replace the fork now). I don't think the geometry is well suited for serious mountain biking, but it does make a reasonable cross country bike or a great commuter bike. It is a bit heavy for touring and long distance rides, but it is still comfortable after being in the saddle for 5+ hours. (It is still light enough that I use it when I ride with the roadies in the bike club). It rides better than the Cannondale I had before I bought this, but unfortunately, I don't think they are offering the Richie Nitanium frames anymore. This is my principle riding bike. I ride it for ~8 months of the year, and I have over 12,000 Km's on this bike. I expect the frame will outlast me.

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Favorite Trail:   Kananaskis

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale, Brodie, GT, Rocky Mountain.

Bike Setup:   The bike came with what appeared to be a good basic setup. The FS Comp came complete with an XT deraileur, and 9 speed LX shifters. The Rock Shock fork is OK, but a little weak for biger riders. It now has XT deraileurs/shifters/chain with an LX Hollowtech crank and bottom bracket. The rear wheel is a Rhino Lite with an XT hub (a great wheel combination for big riders. 5 chilis for the wheel). The brakes were replaced with Avid SD VBrakes and levers.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe Keffan a Weekend Warrior from England

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2002

Strengths:    Good all round bike i've done a bit of every thing on this bike. i learnt to jump 6 foot and drop 10 foot on this bike

Weaknesses:    Forks can't take downhill and the rim died in 3 months. Made in to a 9 speed. Hated the stem

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for someone between XC DH freeride jumps street

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Favorite Trail:   All of them

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   ?

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   specialized frame 24/7 bar stem combo flat pedals magura/disc mammoths muddy fox seat ddg m2 chaindevice

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Blair Toland a Downhiller from Somerville Ma

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2001

Strengths:    inexpensive, durable frame, good looking with nice geometery

Weaknesses:    Poor components off the shelf, Cheap rims die quickly, seatposts and seats break soon as well, Frame did finally crack on my lower chainstays infront of the small crosspiece, but only after two years of a 200lb guy abusing it. Lifetime frame warrenty should cover it.

Bottom Line:   
Great entry level hardtail frame just negotiate for some good components, it will save you time, money and headaches.

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Favorite Trail:   Lynn woods

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   international bike

Similar Products Used:   none, this is my only mountain bike

Bike Setup:   Z2 alloy fork with heavy springs, Xt rd derailler, brakes, Lx crank and front derailler, Bontrager rims with Xt hubs, easton riser bars and post, SDG ti seat, Shimano m646 pedals OURY grips, avid 2.0 shifters

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by neil a Racer from pasadena,ca

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2001

Strengths:    balanced frame, durable, awesome color scheme (matte blue w/ gold lettering)

Weaknesses:    frame is on the heavy side

Bottom Line:   
i have the matte blue/gold lettering frame- best looking mtb frame specialized ever made! i always get compliments. it came with a rockshox elastomer fork and full stx. i was very happy with it and gave it NO maintenence in over 4 years- loved it. i am starting xc racing and upgraded everything. the frame, i love and kept on. over 4 years and still going strong- have to give it 5 flamers for value! it performs and is very inexpensive, a very rare combination! not sure how many people have the matte blue, i have never come across another one. i think i got it around 1995-6.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Bike Setup:   sun/ringle wheels, thompson post,s-works bar,full xt, hollowtech crank, sram 1/2 pipes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BenT a Cross Country Rider from Georgia

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2000

Strengths:    Great frame, cool color(mine is a really great looking silver)

Weaknesses:    The fork will need to be upgraded

Bottom Line:   
Great performer. Good bike for the money. Some parts wil need to go. All STX will go and a new fork will be in order. But if you are like me making your bike look the best is fun and replacing parts will not be a hassle.

Oh yeah, always make sure that your wheels are secured tightly to you roof rack. This is why my wheels do not match.

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Favorite Trail:   Yellow River

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   right here

Similar Products Used:   This is my first good moutnain bike

Bike Setup:   LX/Mavarick front Ritchey OCR rear. XT shifter and rear derailluer. Avid 2.0 levers and brakes. Selle Flite Ti and Hutchinson Mosquito 1.85 on front and Python 2.0 on rear. Specialized Son of Stron Arm Crank and Specialized Ti pedals. Specialized stem and Ritchey Pro flat bar. Manitou Pro fork.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by KC a Weekend Warrior from Boissevain,MB, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2000

Strengths:    -good solid frame, but super light too.
-descent quality of parts.


Weaknesses:    -manitou fork sucked.
-brakes are getting worse.


Bottom Line:   
This bike has treated me great, but I've had to put alot of parts into it to make it work for me.

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Favorite Trail:   kaos

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   giant atx880
diamondback asecnt


Bike Setup:   -dual crown judy xl
-axiom riser bars
-deore cranks
-ring god bash guard
-massive flat pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam Davidson a Cross Country Rider from Chelmsford

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2000

Strengths:    Very strong frame, good paint job, good r. derr. , ok parts (minus front derr. and crank)

Weaknesses:    really crappy crank, bad front derr., bad fork, ( mine seized after 3 months)

Bottom Line:   
This bike is great, and is a sentimental toy

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Favorite Trail:   Garrison Loop

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   trek 6500, fisher tassajara, gt zaskar

Bike Setup:   XT rear derr., XT front derr., XT brakes, XT brake lever/shifter cluster, XT cassette. XT BB, Club Roost Go Fast riser, Yeti lock on grips, Thompson elite post, Shimano 636 platform spd's, salsa brake reinforcer on rear brake, XT crank and rings, Specialuzed stem, Ritchey logic headset, Manitou pro fork, XT hubs, Sun Rhynolite rims, Specialized team tires 2.1 fr. 1.95 r.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben Tewes a Cross Country Rider from Georgia

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2000

Strengths:    Great frame
Asome brakes, the Avid's rock
XT rear derailer


Weaknesses:    I would like to see this bike come with a better fork.


Bottom Line:   
I think this is an awsome bike for the money, I got mine for 450 two years after it came out. If you got the Diacomp setup go for the upgrade and get Avids. They are only like 80.00 for the levers and brakes and they are so worth it. Also it is important to get good deraillers.

Great product Specialized
Five Chillis

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Favorite Trail:   The Recycler

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   Manitou Pro
XT/STX
Ritchey wheels
Avid 2.0 levers and brakes
Ritchey Forcelite
Shimano Rapidfire Shifters

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bigpappa sloth a Weekend Warrior from okc, ok usa

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2000

Strengths:    light for cro-mo, very stiff, tough as nails frame that can take a beating

Weaknesses:    why the hell did i buy a frame with a 1" steerer tube, burgandy color is ugly

Bottom Line:   
dia compe brakes suck (swapped to xt..much much better), haven't had any real problems with the bike except its a pain in the ass replacing the headset, rs fork flexes alot (being replaced by a marzocchi z-4) nice responsive, lightweight bike for the weekend warrior, frame can take a hell of alot abuse, bike is for sale on e-bay

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Favorite Trail:   argh

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   trek 4500, and trek 6000

Bike Setup:   lx-xt, rs quadra 21 R, ritchey pedals,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adam Davidson Davidson a Weekend Warrior from Chelmsford,MA,USA

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2000

Strengths:    Great tough frame, very well reinforced. Handles very well,
good looking bike, nice choice of parts. It's light, nice fork, all around high quality


Weaknesses:    Could improve on crank quality,better warantee

Bottom Line:   
I REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY LOVE THIS BIKE!!

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Favorite Trail:   Various ones in GBF state park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   trek 6500, trek 8000

Bike Setup:   manitou pro fork, bontrager bar ends,shimano XT crank, and the rest whatever it came with

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Pink Floyd a Cross-Country Rider from banff, Alberta

Date Reviewed: August 11, 1999

Strengths:    
very smooth, nice handling.


Weaknesses:    
nothing except the front derailler which is STR and i'll probably change.


Bottom Line:   
great bike for not a lot of money. great handling. it's not too heavy and not too light.
GREAT BIKE!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   
nordic center

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
kona's and iron horse


Bike Setup:   
specialized comp FS whith rockshox indy XC

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by dan a Cross-Country Rider from edmonds, wa

Date Reviewed: August 3, 1999

Strengths:    
light, responsive, maneuverable


Weaknesses:    
brakes


Bottom Line:   
THIS BIKE ROCKS!! i love how the bike responds to my every command! it took me a little while to get used to the stiffness of the bike, but its causes the bike to feel directly connected to the rider. once u get the spyders dialed in they work perfectly. the only thing wrong w/ the bike are its brakes: here's what u do, switch the HANDLES w/ avid 1.0s (or 2.0s) u can switch the brakes if u want, but it isnt nessacary. these avids are MUCH more stiff and firm, giving u more confident braking. w/ those i give the bike

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
raleigh


Bike Setup:   
rockhopper, manitou spyder R

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