I've come across an opportunity to pick up a leftover 2002 RockHopper FSR XC from a dealer who lost their Specialized franchise. I've had my eye on the current FSR XC models, until I ran across this, and I may be able to grab a deal on it.
My questions is, from a performance standpoint, how much difference would there be in performance between the current FSR XC's and the '02 RockHopper FSR, from a standpoint of quality of the rear suspension?
Looking at the differences between the 2, the linkage between the seatstays and the shock is different on the current models, and obviously the frame on the '02 has an interrupted seat tube. Obviously the fork is low end, but if I can buy it at the right price, I can replace the fork and still be money ahead. The shock is a Fox Float.
FYI, I'm an intermediate rider, 5'11, 170lbs, and do mostly XC type trails.. no, or very limited racing. No jumps, drops, etc.
Looking for opinions please.
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