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Specialized Rockhopper Pro Mountain Bike 2018 - Hardtail MTB

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XC trails await you on the Specialized Pro hardtail MTB. A mountain bike built to get you riding technical trails quickly and at a reasonable price point.

With an A1 SL aluminium frame that’s both lightweight and robust, the Specialized Rockhopper not only looks good, but is built with fun in mind. The Sport XC 29 Geometry optimises the angles of the bike to ensure stability on descents and nimble handling on technical trails and while climbing. A tapered headtube and internal cable routing brings the frame up to date.

The Manitou Markhor fork has 80mm, 90mm or 100mm travel, depending on the bike’s size, so maintaining the same riding experience across the range. The reverse arch design is unique to Manitou and delivers a stiff body for accurate steering. A lightweight spring and KwikToggle damper deliver supple bump control and features a lockout to make climbing that much easier.

Getting you moving is a Shimano Deore/SLX 2x10 speed drivetrain. It gives quick and smooth shifts, while maintaining a high level of reliability even during nasty weather. The Shimano M365 hydraulic disc brakes offer braking performance to rival much more expensive options, keeping you in complete control of your speed.

The double-wall Stout XC 29” rims have a wide, 25mm internal diameter, which helps to fully support the front Specialized Ground Control Sport tyres. The tyres feature Flak Jacket protection to help prevent punctures.

Ride trails with confidence aboard the Specialized Rockhopper Pro 29er.

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Key Features:

  • A1 SL Aluminium alloy frame with Sport XC 29 Geometry
  • Manitou Markhor 29 with 80/90/100mm travel, depending on size for bump control
  • Shimano Deore/SLX 2x10 speed drivetrain gives accurate shifting
  • Shimano M365 hydraulic disc brakes offer powerful and consistent braking
  • Stout XC SL 29” wheels with Specialized Ground Control Sport tyres
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
  • Colours: Satin Rocket Red/Black
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Specification

Frame: A1 SL Aluminum, Sport XC 29 Geometry, tapered head tube, internal cable routing, 135x9mm forged dropouts, chainstay-mounted disc brake, replaceable alloy derailleur hanger
Fork: Manitou Markhor 29, rebound adjust, TS air spring, tapered alloy steerer, QR, 80/90/100mm travel (size specific), 51mm offset
Stem: Stout 3D-forged alloy, 31.8mm, 6-degree rise
Bars: Stout Pro double-butted alloy, 10mm rise, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 720mm width, 31.8mm
Front Brake: Shimano BR-M365, hydraulic disc, resin pads, 180/160mm rotor
Rear Brake: Shimano BR-M365, hydraulic disc, resin pads, 160mm rotor
Front Mech: Shimano Deore FD-M618, 34.9mm clamp, down-swing
Rear Mech: Shimano SLX, Shadow Plus, SGS Cage, 10-speed
Shifters: Shimano Deore, 2x10
Speed: 20
Rims: Stout XC SL 25 29, alloy, disc only, double-wall, 25mm internal width, 24/28h, tubeless ready
Front Hub: Shimano Center Lock, disc, 100x9mm QR, 24h
Rear Hub: Shimano Center Lock, disc, 135x9mm QR, 28h
Spokes: Stainless, 14g
Front Tyre: Ground Control Sport, Flak Jacket flat protection, wire bead, 29x2.3"
Rear Tyre: Ground Control Sport, Flak Jacket flat protection, wire bead, 29x2.1"
Seat Post: Alloy, 12mm offset, 2-bolt clamp, 30.9mm
Chainset: Stout 2x10, forged alloy
Bottom Bracket: Threaded external, 73mm BB
Chain: KMC X10, 10-speed w/ Missing Link™
Cassette: Sunrace, 10-Speed, 11-36t
Pedals: Specialized Dirt

Occasionally without notice, manufacturers sometimes change product specifications.

Specialized Rockhopper Pro Mountain Bike 2018 - Hardtail MTB Reviews

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Overall Rating:
4.5
out of 5
4.5
Build Quality
4.25
Performance
5
Value For Money
4.5

Customer Reviews (2)

4
ROCK HOPPER

this is a good bike for most off road can handle near enough any think. the front brake cable routing was wrong on my and rubbed the frame so re routed brake cable all fine now I would call it dino rod orange more than red has described.all and all a good bike for fun in the mud.

this is a good bike for most off road can handle near enough any think. the front brake cable routing was wrong on my and rubbed the frame so re routed brake cable all fine now I would call it dino rod orange more than red has described.all and all a good bike for fun in the mud.

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4.5 out of 5
Build Quality: 4/5
Performance: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
4
Rockhopper Pro 2018

This bike is great, it handles very well and the suspension system is really smooth. The bike is also very light and climbs just as well as it descends. Please note that the colour of the bike is quite different to how it looks on the picture. It's more of a florecent red/orange in person.

This bike is great, it handles very well and the suspension system is really smooth. The bike is also very light and climbs just as well as it descends. Please note that the colour of the bike is quite different to how it looks on the picture. It's more of a florecent red/orange in person.

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4.5 out of 5
Build Quality: 4.5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 4/5

Rockhopper Sizing

Specialized Rockhopper Bike Sizing

See the table below to find the right size Specialized Rockhopper.

Height

Size

5’2” / 158cm

S

 

 

 

 

5’3” / /160cm

S

 

 

 

 

5’4” / /163cm

S

 

 

 

 

5’5” / 165cm

S

 

 

 

 

5’6” / 168cm

S

M

 

 

 

5’7” / 170cm

 

M

 

 

 

5’8” / 173cm

 

M

 

 

 

5’9” / 175cm

 

M

 

 

 

5’10” / 178cm

 

M

L

 

 

5’11” / 180cm

 

 

L

 

 

6’0” / 183cm

 

 

L

 

 

6’1” / 185cm

 

 

L

XL

 

6’2” / 188cm

 

 

 

XL

 

6’3” / 191cm

 

 

 

XL

 

6’4” / 193cm

 

 

 

XL

XXL

6’5” / 196cm

 

 

 

 

XXL

6’6” / 198cm

 

 

 

 

XXL

Read our bike size guide for more information on sizing.

Rockhopper Geometry

 

X Small

Small

Medium

Large

X Large

Crank length

165mm

170mm

175mm

175mm

175mm

Stem length

60mm

70mm

90mm

100mm

110mm

Seatpost length

350mm

350mm

400mm

400mm

400mm

Saddle width

143mm

143mm

143mm

143mm

143mm

Handlebar width

720mm

720mm

720mm

720mm

720mm

Reach

380mm

395mm

418mm

441mm

462mm

Top tube length, horizontal

549mm

568mm

595mm

623mm

649mm

Stack

586mm

595mm

605mm

619mm

633mm

Wheelbase

1060mm

1078mm

1104mm

1133mm

1159mm

Chainstay length

435mm

435mm

435mm

435mm

435mm

Front center

631mm

650mm

676mm

704mm

730mm

Bb drop

57.5mm

57.5mm

57.5mm

57.5mm

57.5mm

Bb height

312.5mm

312.5mm

312.5mm

312.5mm

312.5mm

Seat tube angle

74°

73.9°

73.8°

73.7°

73.6°

Head tube angle

69.8°

69.8°

69.8°

69.8°

69.8°

Seat tube length

370mm

400mm

430mm

470mm

520mm

Head tube length

95mm

95mm

95mm

110mm

125mm

Bike standover height

715mm

750mm

775mm

814mm

845mm

Fork rake/offset

51mm

51mm

51mm

51mm

51mm

Fork length, full

486mm

496mm

506mm

506mm

506mm

Trail

82mm

82mm

82mm

82mm

82mm

Read our Mountain Bike Geometry Explained guide for more information on MTB geometry

Please note, all size information is provided as a guide - if you're unsure or need any further assistance you can call us on 01792 799508 ... we're happy to help!

MTB Hardtail Guide

 

Is a Hardtail mountain bike right for me?

If you’re new to the cycling world, we highly recommend taking a look at our bike buying guide overview or our mountain bike buying guide to help you decide what type of bike is right for your needs.

When you’re choosing a hardtail mountain bike, there are a few things to look out for which can help you to work out the quality and performance you can expect from a particular model.


Usage and suspension travel

Depending on the type of mountain bike riding you’ll be doing, you will want a bike with a longer travel or shorter travel suspension fork as well as components suited to more or less technical terrain.

Usage

Travel

Price Bracket

Pros

Cons

Recreational - riding on gravel tracks and rough roads

80 - 100mm

£200 - £500

Affordable. Low profile tyres roll quickly on smooth surfaces

Not very lightweight. Not capable on technical terrain. Components are less durable.

Cross-country / XC - more adventurous off-road riding and XC racing

100mm

£500 - £9,000

Lightweight, especially high-end carbon models. Fast climbing and accelerating. Efficient on long rides

Less capable on technical terrain than a trail hardtail

Trail - riding technical trails and trail centre loops

120mm – 150mm

£800 - £4,000

More capable on technical terrain, especially fun downhill sections

Heavier than an XC hardtail. Less efficient when climbing

Jump - Dirt jumping and skatepark riding

100mm

£500 - £1,500

Robust frames and components. Ideal for learning airborne skills

Not good for general mountain bike riding

Usage

Travel
& Price

Pros
/ Cons

Recreational - riding on gravel tracks and rough roads

80 - 100mm

£200 - £500

Affordable. Low profile tyres roll quickly on smooth surfaces

Not very lightweight. Not capable on technical terrain. Components are less durable

Cross-country / XC - more adventurous off-road riding and XC racing

100mm

£500 - £9,000

Lightweight, especially high-end carbon models. Fast climbing and accelerating. Efficient on long rides

Less capable on technical terrain than a trail hardtail

Trail - riding technical trails and trail centre loops

120mm – 150mm

£800 - £4,000

More capable on technical terrain, especially fun downhill sections

Heavier than an XC hardtail. Less efficient when climbing

Jump - Dirt jumping and skatepark riding

100mm

£500 - £1,500

Robust frames and components. Ideal for learning airborne skills

Not good for general mountain bike riding


Frame Material

Hardtail MTB frames are mostly made from aluminium alloy. High-end cross-country race bikes will have carbon fibre frames while trail hardtails and jump bikes sometimes feature steel frames.

Aluminium

Aluminium alloy frames are strong and lightweight. More expensive alloy hardtail MTBs tend to have ‘butted’ and/or formed frames which are lighter but just as strong.

Steel

Steel frames are heavier but offer a more comfortable ride, especially on higher end models, thanks to the more compliant nature of steel.

Carbon fibre

Carbon fibre composite frames offer the best of both worlds as they are strong, lightweight and comfortable. They are more expensive however and carbon hardtails start at around £1,300


Groupset and Drivetrain

A bike’s groupset, or drivetrain, is where the biggest difference in component quality is seen. A complete groupset comprises of the following parts:

  • Chainset (aka Crankset)
  • Bottom bracket
  • Brakes
  • Brake levers
  • Shifters
  • Front & rear derailleur
  • Chain
  • Cassette

Mountain bike groupset components are typically supplied by either Shimano or SRAM, with additional manufacturers like Formula, Hope, Magura, Tektro and TRP supplying brake systems.

Shimano & SRAM both produce a range of groupsets to suit different budgets. The hierarchy table here compares the different Shimano & SRAM groupsets to determine which bikes offer the best performance. 

Groupset comparison - Shimano & SRAM

What gearing options are there?

Most hardtails offer a wide range of gears for taking on a variety of terrain. It’s not all about the number of gears though as fewer gears on the front, combined with a wide range rear cassette are much easier to use, but still give you the same wide range of gears. As you go up the price points shifting gets easier with more cogs on the rear cassette and fewer front chainrings.

Entry-level hardtails will have a triple chainset with a seven (3x7) or eight (3x8) speed cassette

Mid-level hardtails tend to have a double chainset with a nine (2x9) or ten (2x10) speed cassette

High-end hardtails get a single front chain ring with a ten (1x10), eleven (1x11) or even twelve (1x12) speed cassette

Which are the best brakes?

There are three types of brakes found on most hardtail mountain bikes:

Rim brake example

Rim brakes are powerful in the dry but are significantly less powerful in the wet.

Mechanical disc brake example

Mechanical disc brakes are powerful in all weather conditions

Hydraulic disc brake example

Hydraulic disc brakes are the most powerful in all weather conditions, and also offer the best braking precision.


Wheel Size

You’ve probably noticed that mountain bikes come in a choice of wheel size, mainly a 27.5 inch wheel (also known as a 650B wheel) or a 29inch wheel (known as a 29er). Another option is 27.5+ or 6Fattie wheels which bridge the gap between 27.5” and 29” wheels. The traditional MTB wheel size is 26”, but are now only found on some small sized MTBs as well as jump bikes. The difference between these wheel sizes can have a dramatic effect on the way a bike feels and handles out on the trail.

MTB wheel sizes

27.5” (650b) wheels strike the ideal balance between fast rolling and nimble handling. They are lighter than 29” wheels so are faster to accelerate. On the other hand, the smaller wheel size rolls less efficiently than the larger size, making the bike more prone to losing speed over rough ground.

29” wheels roll fastest but are less nimble. These wheels are naturally smoother over rough ground but are heavier and slower to accelerate. Larger riders may find a better fit on a 29er, but smaller riders may find 29” wheels a little cumbersome.

27.5+ (6fattie) wheels feature wider 2.8” – 3.0” tyres and offer more cushioning (float) as well as more grip. With the extra size of the high-volume tyres, the overall wheel diameter is similar to a 29er so these wheels carry speed very well on rough ground. Plus sized wheels are ideal for riding more challenging terrain.

26” wheels are the nimblest and are great for smaller riders as well as jump bikes. While quick to accelerate these wheels are the slowest over rough ground.

Does tyre width make a difference?

Tyre width effects both speed as well as grip. Narrower tyres are faster rolling while wider ones offer more grip as well as more cushioning (float).

Recreational tyre example

1.95” - 2.0” tyres roll quickly and are good for recreational riding and light off-roading.

Trail tyre example

2.2” - 2.6” tyres are a little slower on smooth surfaces but offer much better grip in the corners and are ideal for MTB trail riding

Plus size tyre example

Plus size (6fattie) 2.8” – 3.0” tyres increase the overall diameter of the wheel so still roll quite quickly while offering a lot more grip and float. These are best for rougher terrain


Suspension Fork

The performance of suspension forks varies a lot. Forks on higher end bikes tend to offer more control and are more adjustable. Look for Fox, RockShox or Manitou forks with adjustable rebound and compression damping for the best performance on technical trails. The performance level you require will depend on what type of riding you want to do. 

For recreational riding on roads and gravel tracks, you won’t need a high-performance fork. A lockout feature can be useful for more efficient climbing on roads and smoother tracks. Air sprung forks are lighter than coil sprung forks.

For cross cross-country mountain biking lightweight air sprung forks are best. Adjustable rebound damping is essential for serious off-roading and a remote lockout switch will allow you to quickly firm up the suspension when climbing.

Trail hardtails feature longer travel suspension forks for riding on rougher terrain. Adjustable rebound damping is essential for control on challenging trails. Lockout is less important on these bikes as they are catering for riders who like the downs more than the ups. Adjustable compression damping is useful as it can help you achieve optimum performance levels. Thru-axles and tapered steerer tubes improve steering control.

Suspension fork in action

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