Specialized Rockhopper Mountain Bike - Black

specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - distant side view
My former go-to photo wall

The Specialized Rockhopper is a simple rigid mountain bike with Specialized's Direct Drive chromoly off-road tubing, 26-inch wheels and 21 speeds. In its stock form, it's nimble, lightweight, versatile and ideal for a discerning beginner or intermediate-level MTB enthusiast.

For a more advanced rider, the Rockhopper could use a little improvement. So the former owner of this black Rockhopper made a few changes. The rigid fork has been replaced with a Rock Shox suspension fork. The seat is a Bianchi Gelfoam, which unfortunately has popped off of its rails in the front. Big pink front brake pads provide better braking. The wheels are a combination of Sun Mistral rims and the somewhat unusual choice of ACS low-flange hubs.


(Be sure to check compatibility before ordering parts for your mountain bike.)

These changes aren't overwhelming, but they do give the Rockhopper its own personality. The Rock Shox offer a smoother ride over rough terrain, and they look more aggressive than the stock rigid fork.

The guy who built this bike had long since stopped riding it, and he'd left it in the elements, leaning against the backyard fence behind his shed. So it's dirty and weathered. With cleaning, new tires, chain and seat, and a tune-up, it would be a fun light-duty trail machine. Or it could serve as the starting point of a more elaborate mountain bike build.

Scroll down for more photos of this black Specialized Rockhopper.

specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - side view
Rockhopper? I don't even know her
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - front angle view
Rock Shox add aggression
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - front triangle
Faded frame graphics or a washed-out photo?
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - stem
I'd bet ten cents that shifter has stuck pawls
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - stem and shifters
A new stem would be a good idea

(Be sure to check compatibility before ordering parts for your mountain bike.)
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - seat
Bianchi Gelfoam MTB saddle
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - seat rear view
Bianchi from behind
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - brake lever
Shimano short reach brake lever
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - front brake
Big ol' pink brake pads
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - fork crown
Fork crown
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - frame graphics
Frame decals, fork bolts, dirty boots, etc.

(Be sure to check compatibility before ordering parts for your mountain bike.)
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - seat tube decal
Specialized Direct Drive chromoly off road tubing
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - crank and derailleur
Shimano Exage 400LX front derailleur
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - rear derailleur
Shimano Exage 400LX rear derailleur
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - freewheel
Freewheel, derailleur, skewer, rust
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - front hub
ACS front hub
specialized rockhopper mountain bike - black - front rim
Sun Mistral front rim