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CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby Cat With No Tail » Sun Sep 30, 2012 20:07 pm

Just been and picked up this little beauty found on the local classifieds.

Paid less than £200 for it, and for that, I think it's bargain of the year.

The whole bike has clearly been VERY well looked after, the chap I was buying off had some pretty impressive bikes in his garage, along with a well stocked workshop, which was reassuring. The whole thing really does feel very smooth indeed.

It will be used mostly for turbo trainer and commuter duties to begin with. But in the depths of winter, I may well decide to swap the wheels over from the Reed and do a bit of XC on it.

It's an 07 (I think) Rockhopper Comp Disk, spec is something along the lines of:

19" M4 Frame
Tora 302 forks
Shimano hubs on Alex rims (both branded as Specialized)
Deore Shifters (9x3)
LX Rear mech
Juicy 3 brakes
Truvativ finishing kit
Specialized Nimbus 1.5 tyres

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby chez_m356 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 20:57 pm

07 disc according to this http://www.specialized.com/gb/gb/bikes/ ... disc#specs nice find, a lot of bike for that money :D
Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 10- CANYON Nerve AM 6 2011

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby The Northern Monkey » Sun Sep 30, 2012 21:04 pm

Nice... love a bargain HT!

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby paul.skibum » Sun Sep 30, 2012 21:29 pm

07 Pro Disc actually in that colour! Nice find. Should be a decent bike and worth 200 quid to its next owner too!
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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby chez_m356 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 22:17 pm

paul.skibum wrote:07 Pro Disc actually in that colour! Nice find. Should be a decent bike and worth 200 quid to its next owner too!

no it isn't, if it was a pro disc it would have a reba fork, juicy 5's and xt rear mech, check the link to the archive, it came in gloss blue and satin black, the truvativ stuff was probably added by the former owner
Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 10- CANYON Nerve AM 6 2011

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby Cat With No Tail » Sun Oct 07, 2012 14:42 pm

Well 1 week of communting under my belt on the hopper and it's all positive. It's only a short commute (couple of miles each way) but it's all downhill on the way in, and all uphill on the way back. These are proper hills too. I'm a fair bit quicker on this than I am on the Reed, so that's good. Must figure out how to mount a mudguard on the rear for when the weather gets REALLY shltty.

Decided to do a road ride today rather than go out on the MTB as my knee is still a little bit iffy and I want to give it time to mend properly this time. Did 37miles and 1,100m of climbing in 3hr3min. Including beating my PB on a couple of road sections I've done before on the reed.

I'm perfectly satisfied with everything on the bike so far. Although down the line I may look to swap stuff to make it a bit lighter. Currently weighs 28.4lb, which makes it about a lb heavier than the reed. Of course, almost all that weight will be in the forks and the wheels, so perhaps a nice set of kona P2s and a superstar wheelset down the road. Then again, I may just save the money to put towards a "proper" roady in the new year.

One thing I had to change was the seatpost. Had to swap the 350mm spesh one for my old 400mm Bionicon one as it was too short by about 15mm. The bionicon one is old and VERY beat up, and looks it too. but it works fine, so it's al good.

Overall, £200 VERY well spent imho!!

Updated with some daylight pics....

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby The Northern Monkey » Sun Oct 07, 2012 15:59 pm

looks like a stealth bike :D

Like that a lot, you managed to take it on an xc jaunt with nobblies of you keeping it for commuting duties?

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby Cat With No Tail » Sun Oct 07, 2012 16:43 pm

So far it's only been on the turbo, done the commute, and the long road ride today.

I will be buying a conversion kit from superstar for the hubs on the reed so I can just swap the wheels over (and cassette & discs) onto this in deepest winter. I'd rather do it that way because then I get to carry on using the good wheels off the good bike (which weigh significantly less that the ones on the hopper), I get to keep using my tubeless setup, and I don't have to splash out on near enough £100 worth of rubber. Before I do though, I need to check how much of a PITA it is to swap the X12 fitting over to a regular QR, as I understand it, it's not as simple as just switching one cap for another, and requires some internal gubbins to be moved about.

It is making me really, REALLY want a proper road bike though.

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby JayKay3000 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 20:36 pm

A road bike or a 9er with road tyres.

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby rgliniany » Mon Oct 08, 2012 04:36 am

JayKay3000 wrote:A road bike or a 9er with road tyres.


been there done that....... splash out on a road bike....... its too easy to spin out the top gear on a mtb on the road...... that why i ended up getting a roadie for commuting and my group road rides...
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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby Cat With No Tail » Tue Oct 23, 2012 21:59 pm

The following upgrades have now been made:

Fork: Kinesis Maxlight XLT - 810g - Light and stiff.
Wheels: Superstar Superleggera hubs on superstar XC rims - 1770g and 120pt engagement (like the good wheels on the Reed)
Tyres: 1.35" Schwalbe Durano - 400g each and fast rolling
Saddle: Charge Spoon - Mmmm, comfy
Bars: Exotic Scandium Flat bar - 560mm - 115g stupid light, comfy for the road, might get some bar ends.
Grips: Ritchey WCS Foam ergo shape - 36g, pretty light, dead comfy, good for quietening road buzz.
Chainset: New Shimano Deore HTII - 26-36-48, much lighter than the octolink chainset, and bigger gears for the road and flatter xc stuff.
Also got a new chain and cassette, and a superstar seatpost, although they've sent me a red one instead of the black on I ordered.
Got some road pedals to stick on there too.

So that's about it. The hopper has now been roadified. I've still got the old bits though, and will be stripping down the forks and wheels and servicing them so they're ready for me to just grab them and swap over when I want to go offroad.

Pics will follow as soon as I've been down to the lbs tomorrow and got them to chop the steerer down and fit the crown race and the starnut. I'm also waiting on another octalink BB tool as my old one has run away.

I've managed to drop 1.25kg off the wheels/tyres/tubes, and another 1.4kg off the forks. With all the other stuff, I reckon it'll be around 20-21lb (with pedals). I'd love sub-20, but it's not very realistic I don't think.

For the money though, I could have just bought a new Canyon road bike or something. However, the plan is to use this for communting and winter duties, then grab myself a decent roadbike for a bit more money in the new year.

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby The Northern Monkey » Tue Oct 23, 2012 22:22 pm

cool :)

we're moving office in a month which will be within reasonable riding distance, hoping to use the RL for a bit of ride to work action.

Thats a good weight too... I'm happy with my 29lb though :lol:

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby The Rookie » Wed Oct 24, 2012 09:21 am

Kind of similar to my commuter then!
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Carrera Gryphon frame, rigid alloy forks (Onza smart guy 853g), Stronglight 46T SS chainset on a square BB, 26x1.5 tyres (Ribmo front, WTB Slickasaurus rear - about 500g each), Gripshift and crosstop levers to declutter the carbon bars, wheels were cheapies on M475 hubs, Sun Equalizer rear rim Mavic 117 front, Saddle is of course a Spoon!

Avenir grips at just 16g with bar ends (same as Pork rinds for sub £10)

Weighs in at 9.75Kg without rack and guards.

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby Cat With No Tail » Wed Oct 24, 2012 20:03 pm

Here we are, obligatory kitchen shots:

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9.7kg with MG1s.

1st thoughts are that it's pretty rapid.

I also noticed something about the wheels, the rear hub says trizoid, not superleggera. Not sure if it's supposed to.

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby The Rookie » Wed Oct 24, 2012 20:50 pm

Looks nice....know what you mean, going from the MTB on clunky heavy tyres to slicks makes it feel really snappy.

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby mrmonkfinger » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:46 am

Tidy winter steed.

I've managed to drop 1.25kg off the wheels/tyres/tubes


how much of that was in the wheels themselves?

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby Cat With No Tail » Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:59 pm

Honestly, I have no idea. just removed the old wheels with tyres, tubes and cassette fitted because they're being used on the turbo. weighed them in 1 go. I weighed all the new parts individually, then I weighed both wheels together once fully set up.

I'd guess at about 300g on the wheels, that'd put the old ones at 2,100g for the set (new ones out of the box with rim tape were 1800g).

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby mrmonkfinger » Fri Oct 26, 2012 13:35 pm

Cat With No Tail wrote:Honestly, I have no idea. just removed the old wheels with tyres, tubes and cassette fitted because they're being used on the turbo. weighed them in 1 go. I weighed all the new parts individually, then I weighed both wheels together once fully set up.

I'd guess at about 300g on the wheels, that'd put the old ones at 2,100g for the set (new ones out of the box with rim tape were 1800g).


yipes, they were some proper boat anchors!

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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby Cat With No Tail » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:32 am

Finally got round to taking some daylight pics today as I've cleaned both bikes with a view to putting the Bionicon away through winter and switching to just using the Rockhopper. I've been using it a lot lately, really starting to enjoy road riding. Getting my Strava on and actually making a reasonable dent in the leaderboards.

The purpose of this bike was to provide a solid, rapid commuter bike that is not completely out of it's depth on longer road rides on a weekend, winter training stylee, and also to see if I'd take to road riding (being the hardcore, rad, sick MTB dude I am).

Mission accomplished there I'd say.

Next step now is to get christmas out of the way then get me a proper roady and maybe get a couple of races done.

Not a massive fan of the grips mind. They look wierd and I don't realy find them more comfortable than regular foamy grips. I did wonder for a while if I'f fitted them the wrong way round, but apparently not.


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Re: CWNTs Rockhopper Winter bike

Postby raceface gt » Sat Nov 10, 2012 16:47 pm

That's a bargin for £200 looks in pretty good condition as well = WINNER


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