Specialized Rockhopper 29er Hardtail

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[Jul 28, 2019]
issacsharp


OVERALL
RATING
1
Strength:

It rode alrightfor the first few months I had it brand new.

Weakness:

Very unreliable I’ve only had it for a year and I have done everything the bike mechanic told me to do to keep it a good bike and make it reliable. Within one year my front brakes don’t work anymore, it shifts and rides very rough, and last night one of the lower cogs got sent inside the spoke.

Price Paid:
499
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2018
[Aug 16, 2017]
DJC
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Frame seems solid. Handles well. Versatile. Takes a heavy load well. Seems well-balanced at speed. Stock tyres handled varied conditons well.

Weakness:

Shocking seat over rough conditions. On the heavy side. Major issues with chain-suck. Poor parts availability from "Specialized".

Mine is the low-end model and it held up well to rough conditions though its weight, poor saddle and recurrent chain-suck were real drawbacks in wet and muddy conditions. I would be reluctant to recommend the Rockhopper to a friend. I feel that for a bike that's been around for so long the design and componentry issues that were obvious with mine should have been rectified well and truly by now.

[Mar 14, 2017]
ZXc

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

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Weakness:

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[Feb 01, 2017]
Jack
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Super strong on even black diamond trails. Great frame, good components.

Weakness:

Bad fork, replaced the XCT with a rockshox fork.

Awesome bike. Strong on trails, great frame.

[Jun 05, 2015]
eXXXtreme
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I got the 2013 Specialized Rockhopper 29er. It is a great beginner to intermediate level mountain bike. The aluminum frame is an awesome hard-tail frame. The components are OK, but if you replace them over time you will get solid performance out of this bike. I am riding this bike until I break the components and upgraded it with a better one.

Weakness:

The components are in the middle to cheaper side. However, it is no big deal. The parts are actually not bad. The fork is the first one to go. If I am going to upgrade it. I would probably use it until it breaks. It came with Suntour XCM with lock-out.

All in all, I would recommend this bike. It is a good beginner bike. Rolls over rocks ,roots and logs nicely. 29er is a bike that you need to get use to. But once you get the hang of it, just like any other bike it becomes part of your body and it feels like any other bike.

[Jul 28, 2014]
salterwa
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Handling, weight, shifting.

Weakness:

Too new.

Bought this bike today after much deliberation. Was debating between the CRAVE, ROCKHOPPER AND HARDROCK. I had a full suspension bike which I didn't use all that much in this part of NJ. Took the ROCKHOPPER out for a test run today on some single track and it was fantastic. Clean shifts. Climbs very well. This will be more bike than I will need for a long time to come. Feels very light and nimble. Glad I didnt spend more on something else, and this bike for 880 will allow me to upgrade over time. As for now im going to use it till parts break! Lifetime warranty on frame. I would consider myself an intermediate rider. YEAH 29ER!

Similar Products Used:

KONA DAWG DELUXE

[Nov 14, 2013]
SnakeHandling SingleSpeeder
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

AWESOME bike. Light weight.

Weakness:

None

I got the single speed version and it is wonderful. Super light weight. Great components. Highly recommend as an upper mid range bike...basically it's not a stump jumper- bit it is very close.

[Aug 21, 2013]
djyoung4
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very fast climber. Has been able to handle whatever I can throw at it. Light weight for what you pay and changing a couple things can make it very light. Great feel of the wheels through the handlebars.

Weakness:

Trouble in some of the more technical stuff. Struggles for grip sometimes in rocky fast corners. weak crankarms. I broke one of them shortly after buying it

Great bike for what I use it for. I put a Raceface Single Speed crank on it and it became significantly lighter. I use it to ride to work and for singletrack slayin' which it does exceptionally well. Riding in any rocky terrain can be a little loose though at high speeds which is a little scary. I can climb very well on the bike though. Definitely would suggest this bike to someone to learn on as the hardtail really makes you work around corners and descents. It handles any drops or jumps that I have thrown at it which isn't anything more then 5 feet high. Corners great as long as it can keep the grip. Being in Phoenix though it is tough to find any smooth ground here.

[Aug 17, 2013]
Jeff

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Frame Geometry
Maneuverability
Dependability

Weakness:

Weight
Low-end components

For this price range, the bike is phenomenal. I purchased mine in 2009 with expectations of an intermediate model. It has handled Upstate NY's varied conditions with ease, and no problems have arisen.

Specialized really put some thought into the frame. It's strong, a great fit, and incredibly maneuverable with the 29" tires. It's not terribly heavy, though there's always room for improvement. I have modified most of the components through time, but not due to failure. Just upgrades.

A few upgrades to consider:
- Pedals. They include a cheap set. Don't sell yourself short.
- Tires. As with most models, they leave the shop with less than desirable rubber. With that said, my original set lasted 3.5 years.
- The bars are wide. I took a half inch off each side. Makes a world of difference.
- You can live with the crankset. Mine needs replacement after 4 years of heavy use.

[Jul 16, 2013]
DavidHarsay
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Updated geometry (shorter chainstay and slack head angle). Accepts 1.5 / 1.25 tapered forks and works well with the frame at 100mm travel (fork as delivered is not tapered but has a reducer installed). Weaknesses below are mostly acceptable for the price range. Great looking bike. The best lock on grips ever made by Specialized in my opinion.

Weakness:

Powdercoating chips and is damaged very easily, although fairly scratch resistant. Almost 32lbs as delivered, is a little bit much. Heavy and weak fork, heavy and weak crankset, the bottom bracket shell is 68mm even though the specs lie and say 73mm (which the higher end bikes do have), Chinese made frame (although some have mentioned Taiwan build) and looking inside the frame structure there are a lot of rough looking burrs. 180mm brakes are not the best, but work better as 160mm downsized.

Well under 24lbs once components are upgraded (wheels/tires/forks/drivetrain/seatposts/bars) and transforms the bike, but most people wouldn't do what I did. Fun to ride around on, but the components stock are get-what-you-pay-for.

Similar Products Used:

Stumpjumper Comp 29er 19", Northrock XC29 17.5"

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