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    Please, help me indentify this Specialized bike and year.

    Hi there,

    Please, help me indentify this Specialized Hardrock bike & year:


    It has Shimano Acera X derailleurs and apparently some "great frame".
    Thank you.

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    Probably 1994. Looks like in 96 they swapped the logos.

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    that's a really old bike. I've seen 3 year old bikes with acera/xct euipped bikes for$250 which is imho much better value than that that bike even if it was free.

    Don't get caught up in "acera/xt/etc." when the bike is 15 years old. Even the low end shimano today is better than top end shimano that old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
    Probably 1994. Looks like in 96 they swapped the logos.
    I'll second this...or maybe '95. They came out with the grip twist shifters 1 or 2 years after I bought my Rockhopper in '93.

    And say what you want about the old drivetrain groups, but I put over 10,000 miles (yes, mostly road-commuting) on mine in the 1st 16 months, and I only had to change the rear cassette due to some worn teeth on the little gear. I don't ride it like I did back then, but I pull it out periodically and ride it for a few weeks, and it's pretty sweet still.

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    Should be called the Specialized Bedrock! Fred Flintstone probably rode that thing... Time for a bike that was built after the year 2000!
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    What did you have in mind for it? Is it yours?

    Old mountain bikes are the Dutch bikes of the US.
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    I have a hardrock that is a few years older then that. I bought it at the begging of the summer to use as an "around town bike." Loaded it up with the rack and trailer accessories and it has been great. It shifts beautifully and is quiet and reliable. Certainly wouldn't ride it on a trail but i enjoy it.

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