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    Mysterious bike/what year is my rockhopper?

    The paint and decals don't seem to match the frame or components. Anybody got a date for this thing? All the bike nirds I know are stumped

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    I believe it to be a 1987
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    I've asked a large number of knowledgeable folks and nobody seems to know what year this is. Can't find any evidence of it's existence. This is going to make my first rebuild so much more complicated 😂😭🤦*♂️

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    Like I said, I know its not newer than 1987, and believe that the Rockhopper was first made in 1986, so it is either a 86 or 87.
    Why is it "complicated"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tandyman View Post
    I've asked a large number of knowledgeable folks and nobody seems to know what year this is. Can't find any evidence of it's existence. This is going to make my first rebuild so much more complicated 臘*♂️
    1988 Rockhopper Comp. Decals looks the same (but faded/missing), green color was an option according to the 1988 catalogue and components can get swapped out over time.

    GroteFoto-RRFBXTOE.jpg | Specialized Catalogue 1988 | Retrobike

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    Definitely not a 1988 Rockhopper. Different green, different frame( look at cable routing near the BB and the 88 had a under the chainstay U brake). Also bull moose bars on yours.
    To be honest, really doesn't look like a Specialized frame to begin with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Jeff View Post
    Definitely not a 1988 Rockhopper. Different green, different frame( look at cable routing near the BB and the 88 had a under the chainstay U brake). Also bull moose bars on yours.
    To be honest, really doesn't look like a Specialized frame to begin with.
    Good catch! Was using my cell phone and just looking at decals and color. Looks like a spesh frame to me. Although, thatís because I have an Ď89 Comp, so I probably should of caught that, but I donít use it much. Mine is black, a color, like the green apparently, that was not listed in the catalogue.

    Looks to be a 1989 frame:

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    Wow, that's an impressive quill on the OP's bike!

    Guessing it's not original.
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