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PostSubject: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Thu 16 Sep 2010, 8:03 am

Well after a few guys at work, and a few of my mates are getting back into mountain biking, and me on a 'health kick' i decided to start riding to work and start hitting cannock chase.

wanted something that would be suitable for the daily commute (toe path/canal and on-road), and then for cross country up the chase, decided a hard tail would be best.

looking around and got a sweet deal on the 2010 Specialized Rockhopper XL



Well impressed with it, really lightweight and the hydraulic brakes are immense! can't believe ive been away from bikes this long!

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Frame: Specialized M4 fully manipulated alloy frame, fully butted, ORE Downtube, asymmetrical seat stays, forged dropouts with replaceable derailleur hanger, disc only

Fork: RockShox Dart 3 SL, 80/100mm, 1 piece magnesium lower, alloy steerer, adj. rib. damping with LO and preload adjust, size-specific spring rates, disc only

Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore, 34.9mm clamp, top swing, bottom pull

Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-M592 Deore Shadow, long cage

Shifters: Shimano SL-590 Deore trigger

Chainset: Shimano FC-M442, Octalink Spline

Chainrings: 44/32/22 tooth chainrings

Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-ES25, Octalink spline, cartridge bearing, 68mm x 118mm

Cassette: Shimano HG50, 9-speed, 11-34 tooth range

Chain: KMC X9 with reusable Missing Link

Pedals: Alloy body and cage, 9/16 inch

Front Brake: Tektro Auriga Pro, hydraulic disc, dual piston with 160mm rotor

Rear Brake: Tektro Auriga Pro, hydraulic disc, dual piston with 160mm rotor

Brake Levers: Tektro Auriga Pro

Handlebars: Butted alloy riser bar, 25mm rise, 660mm wide, 8 degree back sweep, 7 degree up sweep

Stem: 3D forged alloy, reverse 4-bolt, 7 degree rise, 31.8mm clamp

Headset: 1-1/8 inch threadless, Campy style semi-cartridge bearings

Grips: Specialized Enduro, dual compound Kraton, no flange, 131mm

Rims: Alex RHD 26 inch, pinned, alloy double wall, eyelets, 28h front and 32h rear

Front Hub: Forged alloy, hi/low flange, sealed cartridge bearing, machined disc mount, 28hole

Rear Hub: Forged alloy, double sealed cartridge bearing, machined disc mount, cassette, QR, 32hole

Spokes: 2mm (14g) stainless

Front Tyre: Specialized Fast Trak LK Control, 26x2.0", 60TPI, tubeless ready aramid bead

Rear Tyre: Specialized Fast Trak LK Control, 26x2.0", 60TPI, tubeless ready aramid bead

Tubes: Schrader valve

Saddle: Specialized Rockhopper XC, Body Geometry, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm width, front and rear bumpers

Seatpost: Alloy two bolt, double butted quill, micro adjust, 30.9mm

Seat Binder: Forged alloy QR, brass washer

Accessories: Chain stay protector, reflectors, clear coat, owners manual

Weight: Weight for Medium version 27lb / 12.26kg

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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Thu 16 Sep 2010, 8:08 am

well that is quite a spec! i cant say i understand all of it but the bike looks good and well made (from that small pic)

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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Fri 03 Jun 2011, 12:12 am

well im going to be going all out saving for the new car so want to get into commuting to work on two wheels.

she hasn't seen much use since i got her, 6-7 times to work and back, but it felt a real effort to get up to and maintain a decent speed on the road with the HENCH off road knobbly tyres. sick when i go along the canal toe path but when its wet i go the road way

so it was time for new tyres. i wanted to get something with the least amount of rolling resistance, and asking around and reading reviews these came out at the top of the list

Continental Sport Contacts. will make my hardtail kind of a hybrid





they came in 26x1.6 & 26x1.3. i went with the narrower 1.3 profile to have the least amount of rolling resistance, but it will possibly be less comfortable over bumps.

I was a little worried about them being more prone to punctures but they came with this notice











just finished fitting them but i have a problem



i dont have the correct nozzle for pumping them up lol

off to halfords

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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Fri 03 Jun 2011, 2:40 am

screw the pump direct on to the valve
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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Fri 03 Jun 2011, 3:27 am

Very nice bit of kit there dude! You'll have to let me know when you next go over the chase! Wouldn't mind tagging along!

I know what you mean with chunky dirt tyres on road lol! I have 2.1 and 2.3 on mind and it's bare effort lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Fri 03 Jun 2011, 8:17 am

dave..... you really do need to get out more!


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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Fri 03 Jun 2011, 9:02 am

Dave_t wrote:
i went with the narrower 1.3 profile to have the least amount of rolling resistance

least rolling resistance my arse, you wanted mAd stretch, next up get the grinder out and slam it haha

Theres a guy that works at one of the boots stores i go to with a similar setup ('road' tyres on a 'off road' bike), i weirdly like the look, its like them scramblers with road tyres, looks mad

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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Fri 03 Jun 2011, 9:10 am

Dave_Baller_t ......Even his bike's pimp LOL

oni jks dave looking mint mate why go for slim tyres tho ?? I would have left it as it is for a get to work and back ??

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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Fri 03 Jun 2011, 9:24 am

he said, less rolling resistant=more efficiency, i.e 'easier' to ride

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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Fri 03 Jun 2011, 10:00 am

Riding a bike = more exercise (burning fat n carbs n stuff) making it easier somewhat defeats the object??
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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Fri 03 Jun 2011, 10:06 am

i know what your saying but by that logic bikes should be made from lead with square wheels as to make it as hard as possible, hes using it to commute, not specifically for exercise

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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Fri 03 Jun 2011, 10:13 am

I know what you mean..

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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Fri 03 Jun 2011, 11:32 am

finished & pumped up to the required 85psi affraid

what you know bout stretched 26's





i hear what your saying powelly lol, but as ezza said its to make the commute not so much of a hassle, reducing effort but still will be excercise. just makes it easier to ride past the car on the way out of the drive Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Fri 03 Jun 2011, 11:44 am

griffo20022 wrote:
Very nice bit of kit there dude! You'll have to let me know when you next go over the chase! Wouldn't mind tagging along!

I know what you mean with chunky dirt tyres on road lol! I have 2.1 and 2.3 on mind and it's bare effort lol!

yeah i wanna get over the chase soon man, jay webb (silver ek) is always over there. have to sort it out

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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Mon 08 Aug 2011, 4:53 am

I go the chase too Smile

I've got a Gary Fisher Big Sur Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Specialized Rockhopper XL 2010   Mon 08 Aug 2011, 6:13 am

Good bike mate I have the 2004 p1, sexy bikes! (not talking about the standard woman under the frame!)
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