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 Post subject: Date my Spesh?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:30 pm 
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Maybe not full on retro but its a few years old, can anyone date this Specialized Rockhopper. Its a 20 inch Cromo version with Shimano Exage 400 groupset. I don't think think the serial number relates to a year like GT does. It runs well, not had much use, the brakes are mega shite by the way, cleaned the rims and buffed the crap off the pads with a light emery paper, they have improved but still way too leery for me. Any suggestions welcome on how to improve.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:49 pm 
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hi, nice bike you have there.
to improve braking first thing i'd do is have straddle cable puller thing further down main brake cable/ nearer tyre, then make sure pad pegs are, say, central in 10mm bolt tightener making straddle cable bit longer= better leverage. and toe them in nicely, softer pads help too, of course you may know all this!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:54 pm 
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see you've got m-system straddles, you can get shorter versions, they were termed A,B,C.. dependant on length, shorter ones will help, or just cut slim silver cable outer down a bit.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:05 pm 
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cheers for the tip, I will try to get a close up pic on the brakes tomorrow, I did notice that they are pulling unequal on the front, this probably doesn't help. I noticed the pads were rock hard when I looked at them, probably gone off with age as they do look original.

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 Post subject: Coolstop
PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:12 pm 
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Coolstop pads are the answer, the original Shimano pads are like plastic not rubber. Brakes have now improved.

Many thanks for the info Konaglider and to the hoards who made suggestions as to how old this bike is.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:40 pm 
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Hi mate,

I reckon that is a full on retro rig, about 1990 - 1991 judging by the groupset and frame decals...nice one!

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What is the frame number? My stumpy has a number starting 90####. It was made in 1990 :lol:

That aside going from the decals you're looking at very early 90s


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 Post subject: spesh
PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:34 pm 
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told ya 91/92 ish
anyone know why this bike rides better(and is lighter) than a later ali
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 Post subject: koolstops
PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:44 pm 
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koolstops ARE good pads, will be putting on my Koa as rebuild goes along. soft pads but don't squeal like b****ards, if set up right.


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 Post subject: Frame number
PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 5:49 pm 
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The frame number is GP122926, I was going to try the Spesh website, see if there is any info there on this one.

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