Specialized Rockhopper Mountain Bike [Review]
Reviewed by Pedallers
Last Updated on August 24, 2020
SPECIALIZED ROCKHOPPER REVIEW
The Specialized Rockhopper is a versatile hardtail bike that gives you an amazing mountain riding experience. Its 29-inch wheels move swiftly on different landscapes, and it combines rigidity with a sleek, appealing design. Its Shimano drivetrain has a variable 18-speed device for switching speeds.
The saddle has steep angles and an extended length for better convenience when ascending, descending, or breezing through at different velocities. Whether you are a regular biker or just a weekend rider, the Specialized Rockhopper has you covered.
LIGHTWEIGHT A1 ALUMINIUM ALLOY FRAME
The Rockhopper has a body constructed with sturdiness yet fluidity in mind. Its durable, aluminum frame enables it to feel so light when in motion. It has butted tubes infused into the material to sap excess weight and maintains balance and strength. The main aim of the frame is to keep the live load under check. The Rockhopper features one of the safest strength to weight ratio in the market.
MULTI-CIRCUIT SR SUNTOUR SUSPENSION SYSTEM
The Rockhopper suspension system is a multi-circuit damping material that improves your riding experience. It comprises a featherweight air spring that transfers weight and makes movement effortless. If you are looking to remove the “pogo effect” common to several bikes, the Suntour suspension system does this perfectly. It comes with a remote for locking out the fork, with hands firmly on the bars.
EFFICIENT SHIMANO HYDRAULIC BRAKING SYSTEM
A recent development saw the company incorporate a double-by drivetrain into all its bikes. This drivetrain has two chainrings in front for quick and effective action. While moving at top speed down the mountainside, its easy switch from one gear to the other thanks to the Shimano hydraulic brakes. It has a wide cassette that provides more gear options, regardless of the terrain, it triggers an immediate response.
QUICK-ROLLING 29” WHEELS
The Specialized Company are giants when it comes to 29 inches wheels. When moving over bumpy terrains, the large wheels propel the rider quicker with less trudge traction to worry about. The Rockhopper has an amazing ability to roll over rough and hilly terrain with reduced stress and drag. The wheels have a broader contact with the road, offering more confidence when riding.
Frame: A1-alloy manufactured, with cable routed internally; Geometry Sport XC 29; sturdy 135 by 9 mm dropouts.
Stem: 31.8 mm; 6˚ inclination; rigidly forged 3D alloy.
Rims: 25-mm inside diameter; special alloy 29-produced; requires its appropriate disc.
Chain: 9 different speeds; KMC X9EPT standard; coated to prevent corrosion.
Shift levers: material –Shimano Altus, model – RapidFire, design- 9 –speed.
Cassette: design – 9-speed, model – SunRace.
Crankset: material-forged alloy, dimension – 2 x 9 inches, design –stout.
Spokes: weight- 14 grams, material- stainless.
Front tire: dimension – 29 x 2.3 inches, model – ground control sport.
Rear tire: dimension – 29 x 2.1 inches, model – Fast Trak Sport.
The hydraulic disc brakes deliver a quick response.
The aluminum frame is sturdy and sleek.
The drivetrain has variable speed options to pick from.
The handlebar has an appropriate stem and width for a balanced ride without aches.
The tires are non-foldable.
You need little technical knowledge to set up the brakes.
Does the Rockhopper move only on mountains?
The Rockhopper is one of the most versatile bikes that traverses any landscape – mountains, concrete, gravel, and grasses, whether wet or dry.
As a regular mountain biker, the Rockhopper provides great grips while ascending without the need to overindulge the pedals thanks to its Shimano Altus-rapid fire shift levers. The design is appealing, rigid, and durable to accommodate different rider weights and weather conditions. The multi-circuit suspension system helps to reduce loads effectively. It has a drivetrain device with a variable switch to achieve the desired speed.