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    Hard Rock vs Rock Hopper

    I have both an older Hard Rock and Rock Hopper, both need some work and I plan to get one up and running. I know the Rock Hopper was a higher priced bike than the Hard Rock; is the Rock Hopper a better frame than the Hard Rock or is the difference only in the better components on the Rock Hopper?

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    Will both fit you equally?

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    Rockhopper frame is better. Lighter with slightly more aggressive geometry.

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    The RockHopper is a little better fit. I don't plan on doing any climbing with this bike; how would it work as an old school 1 x 7?

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    Loved my Hard Rock. Than it was stolen.

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    Which frame is better depends on the years. In any given year, Specialized used a fancier alloy for the Rockhopper. But some of that stuff trickled down, so a 2000s Hardrock might be better than a '90s Rockhopper.

    Since the 'hopper fits you better, though, that would be my pick for a bike to fix up.

    1x7 would suck. IMHO. It uses either a freewheel, which are obsolete for a reason, or a 7-speed cassette, which has an overall width that matches nothing else. But I could see 1x8. Cheap, reliable parts and good cross-compatibility for the large-ticket items.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post

    1x7 would suck. IMHO. It uses either a freewheel, which are obsolete for a reason, or a 7-speed cassette, which has an overall width that matches nothing else. But I could see 1x8. Cheap, reliable parts and good cross-compatibility for the large-ticket items.
    If you've already got wheels, and they're built for 7 speed, you'll need to stick with 7. (Cassette carrier on the hub is shorter for 7 than 8/9.) Deciding what gearing to go with would really mostly have to do with what parts you already have around and how much you want to spend on newer stuff.

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