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    Which model year rockhopper is this?



    someone locally is selling it used but doesn't know much about it. thinks it is at least 3 years old. he is asking $185 for it.

    what do you guys think? this will be my first real mountain bike.

    thanks!

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    I think the fork was made from 98-01, so the bike is probably around that old, I'd be leaning toward 99 myself. If that's an 01 jett, they were recalled by rockshox with some problems. The serial number on the fork will give away its year, and probably the year of the bike also. Check the back of the right crown. 185 seems okay, but I'd offer him 125, and see what he says. Bargain with him.

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    I will try and get that info. Thanks mward.

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    He also mentioned it has Mavic rims.

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    okay got more info:

    Rockhopper FS
    Front Shocks are: RockShox Jett XC
    Front Brakes: Alhonga
    Brake Levers: Alhonga
    SHifters: Specialized Grip SHifters
    Crank: shimano
    Rims: Mavic
    front deraileur: Shimano Alivio (3 gears)
    rear deraileur: shimano STX (7 gears; IG comptiable)

    and he thinks the SN on the front fork is: 093h804558

    any info is appreciated. thanks!

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    Well, I'd guess 00 or 99, that number doesn't match up with what I thought it would. If the bike was US made, the serial on the bike should indicate what year it is.

    The real question here is why bother finding out? It's not like it's a car, you're going to have to go down and buy an alternator for a 00 rockhopper. Just lowball offer him, and buy it, and ride it till it falls apart. It's a decent bike, not outsanding, but by no means crappy. The only reason I say to lowball him is because you always should bargain, never pay what the guy asks, just on general principle. And when you get it, don't upgrade anything, just ride it till something breaks, then you can upgrade that part. If you start winning all your local races on it, you can upgrade stuff for no reason.

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    Well, the reason I ask the year is that I am VERY new to all this, so I pretty much am basing my purchasing decision accoring to the reviews on this site.

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    Oh just buy it. A new rockhopper would set you back significantly more than the guy is asking and it's a good bike to start with. Not too expensive so if it ends up with your dirty clothes draped over it it won't hurt as bad. Not so cheap that it'll ride like crap and you'll hate it.

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    emailed specialized, they said its a 94. probably a bit too old i think. unless he goes waaaaaaaaay down on the price.

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    I've got a 93 I still race, it's still a good bike. You can probably pick up something newer for 250 or so, I'd see if he'll take 100.

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