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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:26 pm 
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I picked up this Rockhopper f&f on the forum back in spring and built it up as another parts bin build. Then I converted it to 'touring' guise with Mary bars and Blackburn rack but, with a cycle tour unlikely until next summer, I've converted it again... to give dirt drops a try.

All the touring kit (wheels, forks, bars, stem, brifters, grips, all the cables etc.) has been stored away so I should be able to convert it back in under an hour.

Despite the original rigid forks having a whopping ~250mm steerer they still didn't give me the height I needed to I splashed out on some On-One 26ers which remain uncut at 300mm as the drops are almost the same height as the saddle now. Yes, I am a lanky s*d! The new forks have removable rim brake bosses which set the brake much further away from the rim than previously - I had to squeeze some washers onto the pad's threads but they still look odd... work well though.

Other new parts include the Midge bars, Dia-Compe V-brake levers & friction bar end shifters, the 40 dgeree riser stem, loads of spacers, white pedals and a bit of red bling. Also picked up the IRC Mythos skinwalls for about £13 delivered! Switching to drop bar brake levers gave me no adjusters, so I made my own (which sit inline between the end of the cable outer and the noodles) from a couple of rear mech barrel adjusters and stainless M5 nuts.

It's literally just been finished so needs a good test ride, and I'll admit it's funny looking, but I've been trimming and shuffling my fleet around recently and it's nice to have a bit more variety than I used to have. Plus it's just an hour away from going back to touring trim so serves the purpose of two bikes in one.


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SPEC SHEET (touring set-up as shown in final photo is in brackets):

Frame: 1998 Specialized Rockhopper with Richey Logic Nitanium tubing and drop-outs

Fork: On-One 26er (or stock)

Headset: Ritchey Logic
Stem: Profile Boa 120mm x 40 degree (or stock)
Spacers: A2Z
Handlebar: On-One Midge (or Mary bars)
Tape: Charge U-Bend (or DMR Zip)

Brakes: Deore V-brakes
Brake Pads: unknown red
Brake Cables: unknown white outers with Fibrax inners (or black outers)
Noodles: Shimano with homemade cable adjusters
Brake Levers: Dia-Compe 287V (or M740 STI)

Barend Shifters: Dia-Compe Powershifters (or M740 STI 8 speed)
Front Derailleur: STX
Rear Derailleur: Deore XT M739
Cassette: Shimano 8 speed HG
Chain: KMC
Cranks: Specialized Strongarm
Crank Bolts: Truvativ
Chainrings: stock
Chainring bolts: stock
Bottom Bracket: stock
Pedals: Wellgo V8 copies (white)

Hub Skewers: Halo (or XT)
Rims: Mavic X517
Hubs: Deore XT Parallax
Tyres: IRC Mythos XC skinwall (for touring I have some Schwalbe Marathons and Bontrager Connections stashed away)

Saddle: Specialized BG
Seatpost: stock 30.4mm
Seatpost Binder: Brand X

Extras: red ano bottle cage & top cap bolts & cable crimps, Specialized bottle cage(s),


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:24 am 
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few tweaks... had to borrow the wheels so it's 24 speed again 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:57 am 
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Well I love the frame :lol:

Never seen that many spacers before on a bike! :lol:

It's a sweet frame and if its getting used then I applaud your creativity. Does it ride like a chopper with those spacers though?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:02 am 
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:lol: not really no, the drops are just a little lower than the saddle height so it's quite a nice low profile position. Takes a bit of getting used to but I'm determined to give it a proper whirl :D


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:06 pm 
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Hats off to you. It just takes some getting used to visually. Sure it'll ride nice.

I'll await the ride report!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:37 pm 
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lol :lol: :lol: ,coomber your such a diplomat :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:43 pm 
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Charlieboy28 wrote:
lol :lol: :lol: ,coomber your such a diplomat :lol: :lol:


:lol:

Thank you squire!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:02 am 
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Hi

It is a cool looking bike in either guise, I thought I put a lot of spacers on a bike I just did for a mate of mine 17" sus frame, him 6'5" :shock: :lol:

Which bars are they on the lower off-road pic please :?:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:25 am 
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On-One Mary bars in the lower photo; the first four photos show the amount of spacers / steerer needed to get the same grip height as 'normal' with dirt drop bars


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:28 am 
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Sorry to hijack but the on one website has those bars in their clearance section (or did a few weeks back).


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