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    Rockhopper XC/AM build

    hey everyone, a little background before i start on the bike. I am from West central Pennsylvania, I road BMX for 6 yrs before breaking my elbow and attending college. So after graduating and letting my elbow heel I had more time to start riding again tried riding bmx again and it just didn't feel right, being older/more mature (nothing against anyone who rides bmx haha) i decided to try mounting biking, and absolutely love it! My girlfriends dad is very very into mtb so I had some influence on what bike to buy. I decided to pick up a hardly ridden 2011 specialized rockhopper. Coming from a bmx background and being into cars I cant leave things stock so this is where the build starts! Thanks for reading.

    Parts list so far.
    -2013 RS Reba RLT SA Pushloc 120mm fork
    -Charge Spoon seat
    -Niner yawyd headset cap
    -2.4 continental mountain king II ProtTection black chili
    -Shimano M540 SPD Pedals
    -Oury lock on grips
    -Avid speed dial 7 brake levers
    -Thomson seatpost clamp
    -Easton Ec70 Xc Carbon Riser Bars 685mm
    1x9 setup
    -Sram X.9 shifter
    -Sram PG 970 cassette 11-34
    -Wolftooth components 32t

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    Great build so far! How do you like the Trail Kings? I was thinking about picking up a pair of them. The Rockhopper is a great bike to build up! I have a 2010 model with a lot of upgrades.

    - RockShox SID RLT Ti, Dual Air, 120mm Travel, 15mm Thru-Axle
    - Mavic CrossRide Wheelset
    - Specialized Purgatory Control 2.3" Front Tire
    - Specialized Ground Control 2.3" Rear Tire
    - Specialized Elixir 3R Brakes, 180mm Front Rotor, 160mm Rear Rotor
    - Easton Havoc 750mm Wide Bar
    - Easton Havoc 50mm Long Stem
    - Specialized SIP Grips
    - Shimano SLX 9 Speed Crankset, 22T-36T-Bash
    - Shimano PD-M520 Pedals
    - Thomson Elite Seatpost
    - Thomson Bolt-On Seatpost Clamp
    - Specialized Henge Expert Saddle


    Looking into upgrading to a 2x10 or 1x11 drivetrain in the next few months.

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    they are mountain kings and they are amazing, I would def recommend them.

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    [QUOTE=

    - RockShox SID RLT Ti, Dual Air, 120mm Travel, 15mm Thru-Axle
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    mmckechnie- how do oyou like it @ 120mm travel? how does it handle going up?

    thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoYLsuMmiT_Hi View Post
    mmckechnie- how do oyou like it @ 120mm travel? how does it handle going up?

    thanks.
    It's amazing at descending. Plush, stiff, and confidence inspiring. Climbing, the front wheel seems to wander a bit and the front wheel can easily lift off the trail if you don't have your weight over the bar. It's not bad though. Only noticeable on really steep climbs and it can be minimized by shifting your weight over the front of the bike (as you would want to do on any bike climbing).

    Definitely worth the slight climbing penalty though. It's slackened out the HTA from 70 to about 69 degrees which feels great when the trail points down. The extra 20mm of travel is nice to have when you're plowing through a rock garden or hammering over the roots. I think 120mm is perfect if you're looking to turn your Rockhopper into more of a trail hardtail vs more of a xc hardtail (think Camber vs Epic)

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    what are my options for running a tapered fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Boogie C View Post
    what are my options for running a tapered fork?
    Unfortunately, not possible on that frame. Straight 1.125" only.

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    mmm that is disappointing haha. thanks.

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    Parts list updated, rockshox and charge

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    I'm one cool cat!

    I just put some triple clamp forks on my Specialized.

    It's All Mountain now, right?

    www.seanhannity.com <=not what you think it is.

    Homeopathy is the Air Guitar of Medicine.

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    sweet cat

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    new pics and parts added.

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