Little project I started to work on a year or so ago when I found the frame on ebay, I had the Rockhopper back in the day and loved it but it got stolen circa 2003.
as I bought her the manitous where shot but I had a set of good old Suntour triple DC90s that a mechanic pal had converted to 120mm travel around 2006. Initially just banged them on and had a bit of fun on her but the lack of discs and the tired look of her got me beginning to toy with her. A fair few hours work and trawling ebay/pinkbike for deals and heres the finished product.
She rides like a dream still especially seeing as thats the original Fox Vanilla R on her.
stripped and painted, new bushings/bearings, new wheels, a2z disk brake mount, avid juicy 3's, 180mm rotors, stripped her to a single chainring with bash and tensioner, original deore xt rear derail, Suntour dc90 triples (converted to 120mm travel), new headset, stem, bars, new sram 9 speed cassette, chainring and chain.
looking out for a set of 888's, judys from the 2000-2003 time period but not having much luck as yet few I have seen havent been serviced in near a decade so a bit risky could get expensive and fast.
Decals done by Dirty Customs on ebay there is a pinstripe suntour one on the forks as well that you can't see in the light.
Had her out for a few mile earlier today and the guys I bike with didnt believe it was a Specialized such did this frame spawn a million Reeboks, silver fox, land rover etc then when I showed them the pics they were in a bit disbelief that it was even the same bike.