Specialized Rockhopper Expert Trail Bike Review

Specialized Rockhopper Expert Bike

Few bikes offer the kind of ‘brand heritage’ Specialized’s Rockhopper does. For close to 40 years the Rockhopper has been synonymous with riders who want to saddle up and launch an offensive on their first race or ‘serious’ event.

A butted A1 alloy frame and internal cable routing make for clean lines, and a starting-line stance that means business. There are a couple of color options available, and geometry tweaks across the sizing curve – important, as it means no awkward set-up sacrifices to riding style for the sake of just being able to fit on the bike.

For example, the fork travel can range from 80 to 100mm from small to extra-large. The drivetrain is fairly basic, with a 3×9 mix of Shimano Deore, Acera, Altus and Sunrace. That’s a pretty robust set-up, though; and while maintenance is low-cost, these are all wear components that can be upgraded when you replace them. And a 3×9 gearing will take you literally anywhere, up or down.

The Suntour XCR fork is a solid performer, and has an adjustable rebound air coil with a remote lockout. The cockpit and wheels are a blend of Specialized’s in-house components.

Spec highlights: Air fork, full internal cable routing, remote fork lockout lever, butted tubing throughout the frame, assorted color options.

Bottom line: The Rockhopper Expert has a quality frame that will last a good few upgrades over time, and give you access to the more competitive cross-country events. But it’s also great for just cruising with mates.

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