1996 Specialized Rockhopper Specifications

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1996 Specialized Rockhopper Specifications
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Founded by Mike Sinyard in 1974, Specialized Bicycle Components manufactures a wide variety of bicycles and bicycle products. The Rockhoppers are a line-up of recreational cross-country mountain bikes. In 1996, the basic Rockhopper cost £278, and it was available in green and metallic blue. It did not have a suspension.

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The 1996 Rockhopper came in several sizes: 13.5, 15.5, 17, 19, 21, and 23 inches. This is a measurement of the distance from the centre of the bicycle's crank to the seat tube at the top of the frame.

The frame of this bike was constructed from TIG-welded steel. Its tubing material was Direct Drive chromoly, at type of high-carbon steel, and its fork was made of buttered unicrown chromoly.


Sporting Shimano Altus brakes with Shimano Tourney TY-30 levers and a Grip Shift SRT-300i shift lever, the 1996 Rockhopper belonged the Shimano AceraX component group at Specialized. Its front derailleur, or gear-changing mechanism, was a Shimano AceraX top-swing bottom-puller, and its rear derailleur was a Shimano STX. The crankset was a Specialized Son of Strongarm with 20/32/42 teeth, and the pedals were made of HTI steel and resin. A Shimano BB-LP26 bottom bracket with a 107mm spindle and a 73mm shell width accompanied the seven-speed, 11- to 28-teeth rear cogs and Shimano CN-UG50 1/2 by 3/32-inch chain.

The Rockhopper's 30.4mm diameter seatpost, made of micro-adjustable alloy, supported a Specialized Comfort Plus Sport saddle. The alloy handlebars were set on a chromoly stem, and the bike had a 1 1/8-inch sealed headset, which is the mechanism that connects the fork to the frame and allows you to turn the bike.


With Araya GP-710 32-hole rims, the Rockhopper used 26-inch-by-1.95-inch Specialized Ground Control II front tires and 26-by-1.95-inch Specialized Ground Master tires in the rear. It had 2mm straight-gauge Wheelsmith spokes made of stainless steel, and its spokes' nipples were made of brass.

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