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    First impressions of my Rockhopper

    I have been out of town so much i have not had the chance to get my bike out on the trails until last weekend. I hit up Memorial Park in Houston and had a blast on Saturday and Sunday morning. I like how the bike road and am very happy i went with the Rockhopper of the Hardrock. I am already looking at what components i can upgrade to and feel like this is going to be another expensive hobby(already a golfer and am never satisfied with my clubs).

    The only issues so far are that i already broke a pedal and on a couple of occasions my chain kept slipping off my front crank without me switching gears. This mainly happened on some of the steeper rooty parts of the trail and wondered if this is normal?

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    der tension likely needs adjustment

    what pedals are you using? You should be using eggbeaters.
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    I currently have the stock pedals.

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    If you bought the bike new take it back for a tune-up at the LBS, I had to have mine gone over 2 or 3 times before the cables were done stretching and moving around on rides.
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    Which Rockhopper did you get? The base Rockhopper? If so, those come with plastic pedals, right?

    When I had the base Rockhopper, that was the first thing I wanted to replace - the stock plastic pedals.

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    Yep i got the base white and red one from this year. The pedals are the plastic ones so i was going to replace them anyway just sucks how they already broke.

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    Pretty much any stock pedals these days are meant to be replaced right away. Im guessing you dont have biking shoes but if you ride alot you should consider getting a pair. Then when you buy pedals they will come with the necessary cleats. I recommend the Shimano M520 to start, they are cheap and should last a while.

    http://www.google.com/products?q=shi...520&hl=en&aq=f

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambdamaster
    what pedals are you using? You should be using eggbeaters.
    I don't I guess I am a noob with my shimano clipless pedals...

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    Take it back and get a good tune. Can take up a few tunes in the first month to get it right. Lots of clipless pedals to choose from. If you are looking at platforms then I recommend the sunline V-ones.

    The Rockhopper is a real nice bike so ride it as is. Then look at upgrading once you decide you want to ride more. I had two rockhoppers at one time and noticed the one that was kept stock held it's tune much better than the one I upgraded. I went from a Motobecane to a Rockhopper to a Stumpjumper FSR. Each was a nice upgrade but the Stumpjumper FSR turned me into a different rider. I wished I'd saved all that money upgrading my Rockhopper and just spent it on the new stumpy when I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tussery
    I don't I guess I am a noob with my shimano clipless pedals...
    There really is no reason to use shimano spd pedals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambdamaster
    There really is no reason to use shimano spd pedals.
    That is your opinion. Pedals are all personal preference. I used to ride Crank Brothers pedals before I switched to Shimano. For me Shimanos are the better pedal. I am glad you like your Crank Brothers. That doesn't make my choice wrong.

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