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    1998 Specialized Stumpjumper M2 kids bike? Should not exist

    I have a bike that seems to be a bit of an enigma. Upon inspection it looks to be a 1998 Specialized Stumpjumper M2 in (Mountain) Dew Green.
    But it's a kid's mountain bike with 20" Wheels. There is no doubt it's old and could indeed be from that time, but Specialized never made a kids Stumpjumper. The paint job looks factory. It has a very old 6 speed SRAM Grip Shift (Model SRT 100-61) which i cannot find anything closely resembling it except in an advert from 1992.
    It has an Exage 300 DX derailleur which is period correct.

    I suspect someone (from the factory?) took a 1998 Hard Rock 20 frame and put it through the Stumpjumper paint booth or it's a very well done custom build. Decals are accurate
    Contacted both Specialized and SRAM. Neither has online records going back that far.
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    Someone bought a sticker kit and got the color off the Imron chart and had it painted.

    Not aluminum, not even a Specialized frame.

    Not bashing it, just sharing what obviously jumps out to me, as someone who spent plenty of time building bikes in that color (which I felt was the best of the bunch from that era).
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    You could be right. I did some research. I found the 1997 catalogue lists a Specialized Rockhopper 20 kids bike (worth 399 Deutsche marks).
    Specialized Catalogue 1997 | Catalogues | Retrobike
    The 1998 catalog lists the Rockhopper base model as a non suspension made of chromoly and steel.
    Bikes 1 | Specialized Catalogue 1998 | Retrobike

    I still hold out that this could be a 1997/1998 rockhopper 20 posing as a Stumpjumper. I in no way imply this is a legit scaled down Stumpy. I think it could have been a promo, a one-off or someone had a good joke in the factory, or as you said someone outside did it up custom with a sticker kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Not aluminum, not even a Specialized frame.
    Maybe a late 90s Hotrock with a repaint and sticker job.

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    Yes! Meant to say Hard Rock. I saw that pic but couldn't find it again.That looks like it.

    Nice little bike for a kid.Will probably run for another 20+ years.

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    Has Specialized ever put a bottom bracket/crank combo like that on a Stumpjumper? Hotrock/Hardrock respray is my guess. Even low end 26 Hardrocks from the 90s had the sealed bb
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    For refererence, here are a few images of an M2 Stumpy in green. I'll include the BB as well, because it's a titanium beauty
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