2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

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2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby BigMitch41 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 16:36 pm

Hi Guys, Another noob question related to forks. Here go's, Ive recently bought the Rockhopper second hand, She looks like new & had an easy life up to now. I want to upgrade the Rockshox Dart3's and looking to spend £2-£300 on a new set. Nothing too beefed up as I wont be doing any big drops/jumps etc
The forks are 80/100mm with a 1-1/8 headset. Anyone had any experience, what can you recomend please.

Heres a link to the specs

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/ ... ersl#specs

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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby supersonic » Wed Nov 07, 2012 18:05 pm

Have a look at the Rockshox Reba RL/RLT.


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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby BigMitch41 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 19:47 pm

Thanks Supersonic, been looking at those, also the Sektor Solo Air RL are within budget.
Any thoughts on Air vs Coil spring btw, any particular advantage or is it a personal prefernce thing :? ?

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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby cooldad » Wed Nov 07, 2012 20:15 pm

Air is more easily adjustable and lighter and would be my choice anytime.
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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby BigMitch41 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 09:37 am

Thanks Cooldad, sounds like air is the way to go then...

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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby tudj » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:04 am

I recently replaced my Dart 3 with a set of Rockshox Recon Silver TK 100mm and the difference is huge, I actually have usable travel now :D

You mention the Sektor, those are 140-150mm travel arent they? You want to make sure your frame can handle that if it was designed for 100mm forks.

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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby BigMitch41 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:48 am

Yep your right tudj 150mm. And the Reba's have a tapered steerer, unless they do both?

Recon's looking good...

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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby chez_m356 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:26 am

BigMitch41 wrote:Yep your right tudj 150mm. And the Reba's have a tapered steerer, unless they do both?

Recon's looking good...

plenty of reba's about if you look, for instance http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2012-RockShox ... 4169d5fae1 , no doubt others will be able to show you more links
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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby benpinnick » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:30 am

Personally I would get these http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/f ... forks.html in the 120mm Travel - 15mm Axle - White - Poploc option, and then try and find a cheapo 15mm front wheel to match.
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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby benpinnick » Thu Nov 08, 2012 15:52 pm

If you did go for those (and they are great value) I would opt for the 120mm option.
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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby supersonic » Thu Nov 08, 2012 16:06 pm

Only thing though is they are in the 'not quite perfect' section, hmmm. I'd call them about warranty and stuff.

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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby benpinnick » Thu Nov 08, 2012 16:20 pm

They are OE, so I am guessing off a bike. Should be ok nick but what about steerer length too?
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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby BigMitch41 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 16:36 pm

Mmm just starting to think about steerer length, I need to match the length of the standard steerer length to those on the new ones, assuming Id have to cut down to size. And my Rockhopper is all black, id like to keep the theme going, wouldnt it be wrong to fit white forks to a black frame lol..

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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby benpinnick » Thu Nov 08, 2012 17:42 pm

Someone might be able to assist in whats better about a reba than these... http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/f ... -2012.html but if its 'not much' then I'd be tempted to get these for 200, and use the 100 you saved to get a new front wheel to suit.
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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby mac man » Thu Nov 08, 2012 17:54 pm

Love the Rebas on my 08 Rockhopper. So +1 from me.
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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby supersonic » Thu Nov 08, 2012 19:11 pm

benpinnick wrote:Someone might be able to assist in whats better about a reba than these... http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/f ... -2012.html but if its 'not much' then I'd be tempted to get these for 200, and use the 100 you saved to get a new front wheel to suit.


Good fork, but newer Rebas (2012 onwards) are 250g lighter. 2012 is Dual Air too.

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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby mcnultycop » Thu Nov 08, 2012 23:22 pm

I went from Darts to Reba RL Dual Airs and the difference is ridiculous.

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Re: 2010 Specialized Rockhopper SL 26er: What Fork

Postby BigMitch41 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:00 pm

Guys, What exactly will I need to swop the forks over, apart from cutting the stem to size? Will they drop straight in, will I need a new star fangled nut etc..


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