Got myself a Specialized Rockhopper tonight (2nd hand). By checking Bikepedia I would identify it 1997. Can you guys confirm this? I like the frame a lot qua color and geometry but oh boy is this bike mistreaded!
It's an ex rental used in the Belgium Ardennen with a lot (A LOT!) scratches and chipped of paint. Think I'm gonna ride it as my city bike. The price was according to what I got...
inspection (writing down all stuff)
stripped of bidon, rear light, lock, fender
need some heavy work on this bike. Perhaps some upgrading of parts too. Chain, cassette and cables are spanking new. Rest is in bad shape.
Rockhopper Specialized, CrMo taper butted, direct drive, oval section. Size is 48cm (makes 19"). Ritchey dropouts
Headset: could not identify
Stem: rebranded to Specialized
Handlebar: same ^^
Brakes: Dia Compe VC 727 v-brakes (nice reviews
Brake Levers: a specialized and a replaced Shimano Altus ST-EF29-L
Shifters: Shimano could not identify
Front Derailleur: Shimano Alivio FD-MC18
Rear Derailleur: Shimano STX RD-MC34
Cassette: Shimano Hyperglide (i'd guess HG50
Cranks: Shimano Acera FC-M330
Bottom Bracket: not identified so far
Hub Skewers: Shimano
Rims: FIR MT240 (Black) Single eyelet budget rim
Hubs: Shimano Acera X FH-M290 / HB-M290
Tires: Specialized Hardrocker 26 x 1.95
Saddle: PRO Comfort 1
Seatpost: unknown 30.4mm 35cm
Seatpost Binder: Specialized QR type
sorry for the v-brakes
bottomline: it costed next to nothing and after a warm bad of repairs it will make a lovely daily city ride i'd guess. For now: need more info, comments and suggestions!