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    Picked up a vintage Specialized Rockhopper today

    I'm going to be building an e-bike out of this and so I wanted something solid and for cheap. So I picked up a vintage looking Specialized Rockhopper with CrMo frame. Comfy seat, rear wheel is bent but the front one is good (I will be replacing the rear wheel with an electric hub motor wheel). Frame needs to be sanded and repainted.

    Now, my main question is what can I do to improve this ride. A front wheel with disc brakes and some improved shifting items would be nice, if not a must. Any chance of getting a front shock w/ disc brake replacement for this model?

    I'm searching for specs on it now. Its a medium, 26x2in wheels, and that's all I know. How would I fit modern parts to it. Hope I can
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    It looks like that is a one inch fork /steerer tube , not many forks out there for that. Also if it is too old of frame putting a longer fork on it will change how it steers you may or may not like that.

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    V Brakes and good pedals. Done!

    *under the bar shifters? ain't that vintage... ;-P

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    Any idea how old this is?
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    1" threaded suspension forks are not much for availability...I'd stick with the smooth riding steel fork and leave it stock.

    Looks to be 1993 give or take a year vintage
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