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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:45 am 
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Hello all

I have recently got my hands on a 98 spechy rockhopper comp fs, its got a ritchey nitanium frame and is in mint condition (the bloke I bought it from was pretty fat and so I deduced that it hadn't been out of the garage much)

I know nothing about this bike, can anyone tell me is it any good? is it worth tarting up a bit? (I was thinking some maxxis holy roller tyres and a good clean for starters) ?

Can anyone tell me about 'nitanium'? :?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:29 pm 
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is it like this one?

http://www.bikepedia.com/Images/image.aspx?filename=Rockhopper%20A1%20Comp%20FS,%2010-069.jpg


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:39 pm 
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Yeah 1998 I think was the last nitanium steel frame they did. If it is the oneI am picturing, then it is a very nice frame.

Is it light blue in colour? With indy c's?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:56 pm 
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winkyjim wrote:
Hello all

Can anyone tell me about 'nitanium'? :?


Nitanium is a special hybrid non-heat-treated form of Chromoly steel that contains trace elements of Titanium and Niobium


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:07 pm 
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Its a silver one with manitou answer pro forks and deore xt gears, seems pretty good for an older bike, its an FS comp


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:08 pm 
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So is Nitanium a good thing!? :?

Its this one

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/Bike ... &Type=bike


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:30 pm 
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Underrated classics in my opinion. Nicely put together, and well worth upgrading. Not the lightest frames, but the kind of bike you could ride around the world on. I own two.

The one real annoyance is the unusual 30.4mm seatpost.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:02 pm 
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Well thats grand then! I'll get some bits and take some photo's

Thanks all!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:10 pm 
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Echo the above. Really are classy frames. They build into great bikes.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:30 am 
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I loved mine and only sold it as I needed to thin the fleet... it was last in and first out! Great ride quality, steering etc, very stable and comfy, ideal 26" wheel tourer:

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