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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:28 pm 
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Just bought a specialized rockhopper and was wondering if anyone knew what year it might be, pic below,

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also was wondering why bikes 1997 and before are retro and 1998 onwards are not, did something change in the way bikes were made or something.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:40 pm 
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I'm going for '99. Nice bike.

The widespread introduction of the Devils Spawn, aka V brakes, is the watershed.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:27 am 
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Suspect it could be a bit earlier than that. It has a quill stem which I reckon places it closer to 1993.
I reckon the V-brakes will have been a later addition.
Looks like a White Industries crankset too.

I'm no expert on Specialized though...


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:17 pm 
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i think the whole bike is a custom build, the v brakes have definatly been added along with xt shifters derailers and the white industries crankset,

its just the frame really im trying to age, from what i can gather online by looking at what years specialized did that colour iv narrowed it down to between 1997 and 1999


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:26 pm 
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I bought a Rockhopper new in 97 or 98 and the frame colour was a darker blue than that, with almost a purple shade to it. That had a threadless headset on it.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:57 pm 
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Graphics look older? And colour is darker? Doesn't look like the 97-99 nitanium ones like in my signature. Reckon its earlier like above says.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:53 pm 
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94ish. The model name changed to the toptube around 96


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