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Hello all, Im starting to ride again. I have a 2001 Speacialized xc rockhopper with front and rear suspension. Up front I have roxshox judys not too crazy about them, on the rear is a Fox Float shock I like this. Im thinking of going with some thing different up front and going with discs front and back. I like to ride the trails and I like an aggressive style. I don't want to spend a lot as im a weekend rider but definitely want the best bang for the buck. Can anyone advise me on decent shocks and disc breaks what to get and how much will I spend? Is my bike too out dated to get these up grades, yes my frame and forks have brackets for the disc set up. thanks
 

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I cant comment on the discs cause I think you will need to purchase new wheels or at lease hubs and spokes and that can get $$$. For a weekend warrior like me I cant be happier with the RS Tora 318 Solo Air. Absorbs everything I've thrown at it from jumps to rockgardens but im a beginner. I hear changing out your brake lines to Jagwire or better Gore Ride-On and it will feel better than new, of course get new pads too. Good luck
 

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Your bike does not have disc hubs so you would have to buy new wheels or build a a new wheel from your old with with a disc hub.

if you are set on discs I would go with these wheels http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/12...eore-Disc-Wheelset-w_-Sun-Rhyno-Lite-Rims.htm

and these discs brakes http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/18.../Disc/Avid-BB5-Mechanical-Disc-Brake-2009.htm

Your in a tough spot. Your bike cost 1100 or 1200 a decade ago. It is probably worth $400 -$500 now. To me it dosent make sense to put $300 to $400 into it.

If you decide put money into it I would try to find a BETD link for around $100 to add more travel in the rear and pick up a $200 fork and keep the rim brakes.
 

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I agree with Jack Hass. I used to have an '02 Rockhopper, but it was the hardtail version.

First, before you think about upgrading, you need to carefully inspect the frame with a magnifying glass to look for any hairline cracks. Not sure how many miles are on it, but on my frame after 4 years of hardcore urban riding, trail, and small drops a small developed on the headtube.

This may be a more expensive project than you really wanted, but in the long run you will need the upgrades. Once I switched to disk-brakes, I never looked back and I once swore never to use them!

As for a front fork, you can find a half-way cheap Marzocchi 22 or 44 for around $250.
Avid BB7 brakes are what I use, works great for me.

I have since bought myself a Banshee Viento after I ran my '09 Hardrock into a telephone pole, dent city!!
 

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Based on the input Im receiving, I probably wont be getting the discs. I am still interested in front shocks. My Judys are crappy. what info do I need to get new ones? Any other brands and modals up for suggestion? thanks again for the input.
 

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For future reference, front shocks are called simply "forks".

All you need to know is the headtube diameter, most likely 1 1/8". While your at it, might want to check your headset, make sure it's lubed and spins freely.

Are you going to install it yourself?
 

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mike_d_1583 said:
For future reference, front shocks are called simply "forks".

All you need to know is the headtube diameter, most likely 1 1/8". While your at it, might want to check your headset, make sure it's lubed and spins freely.

Are you going to install it yourself?
lol. Forks, it is. Thanks for the advice. Yes, I plan to do my own instal.
 

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Thia really isn't a good bike for an aggressive style. This is more of a cross country race bike. The pivotsw aren't as beefy as on a modern Trail bike. It's a good for an XC rider and can be built up pretty light.
 

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mtnbeer said:
Thia really isn't a good bike for an aggressive style. This is more of a cross country race bike. The pivotsw aren't as beefy as on a modern Trail bike. It's a good for an XC rider and can be built up pretty light.
Not too many big hills here in Ohio so not a lot of big drops and fast down hill trail riding. most the trails here are horizontal with small drops and jumps, unfortunately. I would venture to say the riding is closer cross country than mountain.
 

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Keep in mind also that your fork is probably 80mm.Im guessing here. The bikes geometry will change which can be drastic if you install say a 120mm fork. A longer travel fork will make for a slacker head angle...and you may or may not like that feel.
what fork are you looking at buying? There is more to it than just putting on a new fork
 

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larlev said:
Keep in mind also that your fork is probably 80mm.Im guessing here. The bikes geometry will change which can be drastic if you install say a 120mm fork. A longer travel fork will make for a slacker head angle...and you may or may not like that feel.
what fork are you looking at buying? There is more to it than just putting on a new fork
Im not sure what to buy other than a xc style for with plenty of adjustability and a lock out. don't know much about specs.
 

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larlev said:
Look at something like the Tora...i am assuming you want something that's not expensive
Gotcha on the Tora. just got back from the bike shop and they suggested the same.
 
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