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    1986 Rockhopper

    Hi Ladies & Gents,

    I'm new to the forum and joined because have a question about a bike I picked up for my kid who is going off to college in August. It's a 20.5" Specialized Rockhopper with March 1986 date on the bottom of the frame. After looking it over it's in pretty nice shape and has just about all the original equipment still on it including the rims (tires are newer). The only thing trashed on it is the seat. The bike should clean up nicely.

    It got me to thinking, is this bike collectable/valuable? I picked it up cheap looking for a decent bike my kid can ride at school, but I don't want some hipster stealing it the first month he is there. Maybe if I peel off the decals nobody will know what it is.

    I'm traveling right now, so I can't post pics, but will add one or two on Thursday.

    I'm Cannondale guy myself. I ride a 1989 SM2000, but most the original parts are long gone. It's set up more for comfort now and spends a lot of time carting this old fat dude around on paved trails. I've got a couple of other USA Cannondales too and enjoy riding and working on them.

    Thanks

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    It's valuable to someone. Maybe the guy who's first bike was that model. I had a 1987 but I'm not working up much nostalgia for it. I paid $600 in 1987.

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    Not too valuable, other than to a less than well and fully educated thief.

    It's old, had a good name on the down tube, so it's a target for theft.

    Might try using a bunch of colored electrical tape and create a nice, fun montage on it, covering any identifying logos, making it less desirable, while also adding scuff protection for what's sure to be life in a bike rack for the next 4 years...
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    Thanks gents,
    There's not too much to cover up, the decals are on the smaller side. I'll first see if I can remove them.

    I figured the friction shifters and lack of quick release anything would make this bike a low priority target for a bike thief. I think I'll keep the ugly seat on it too.

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    I wouldn't cover up the decals. The thing is, on college campuses, it's luck, locking technique and discipline that reduces your chances of it getting stolen. A place like UC Berkeley, even Walmart bikes get stolen. Many things come into play including whether you bring it into your room overnight; how well you lock it; where you lock it; etc. A place like Boise, you probably have better odds of not getting it stolen.

    It's not collectible and it's not necessarily valuable but it is fun so go over a few pointers with him and keep your fingers crossed.

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    Thanks again for all your responses. As promised, here is a pic of the Rockhopper:


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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    I wouldn't cover up the decals.
    No right answer for sure, but a buddy covered his high end Tange Barracuda frame for 4 years of school, and a few in NYC and when the tape came off it was like a time machine.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    No right answer for sure, but a buddy covered his high end Tange Barracuda frame for 4 years of school, and a few in NYC and when the tape came off it was like a time machine.....
    Hmmm, I probably should have said, I wouldn't remove the decals.

    That looks great. I bet your son would prefer flatter bars or a stem with less rise but it looks great. New saddle, ditch the reflectors and pie plate and he's going to have tons of fun on that.

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    Absolutely!

    And yes, that's a sharp campus cruiser for sure.
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    Want, want, and more want. That is one great XC rig, I was waiting patiently for the photo.

    I still have mine and love riding it but it isn't in nearly as good as shape as your beauty. Talk about a classic, great score!
    Good friction shifting is getting hard to find nowadays....

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    Thanks Again everyone,

    Just in case you wanted to see my ride, here is my 1989 Cannondale:


    I know, ridiculously long stem and big seat. She's regulated to mostly paved and packed trails for this old timer with a bad back and bum knee. I'm happy to putt around at about 13mph on my rides...

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    Switch bikes with him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Switch bikes with him!
    GOB, Lol!

    I want a second one, not a switcharoo!

    My favorite color was the red one actually, but like that really matters.

    That C'dale is pretty nice too, I haven't see those phenolic/plastic brake levers in years, they weren't that bad actually for the day.
    Good friction shifting is getting hard to find nowadays....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Not too valuable, other than to a less than well and fully educated thief.

    It's old, had a good name on the down tube, so it's a target for theft.

    Might try using a bunch of colored electrical tape and create a nice, fun montage on it, covering any identifying logos, making it less desirable, while also adding scuff protection for what's sure to be life in a bike rack for the next 4 years...
    While the frame is nothing special it gas a full XT group. I stripped the one I had. The sum of the parts are worth more than the bike.
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

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    ^truth^ and often the case...
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