Specialized Rockhopper

2011
 
5.0 stars
 (47 Reviews)
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Black/Brown / 19-inch
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Description

With Specialized's light, agile M4 butted-aluminum frame, a plush SR SunTour fork and powerful Avid disc brakes, the Rockhopper is ready for anything. Adding to the fun is its 24-speed SRAM drivetrain that lets you spin up tough climbs and fly down descents. And, thanks to the Alex rims wrapped with Specialized knobbies, you'll stick to the trail and keep the rubber side down.

Consumer Reviews

 
5.0 stars

(47 reviews)

95% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles well  (42)
  • Lightweight  (35)
  • Great components  (29)
  • Durable  (27)
  • Good Geometry  (23)
  • Rugged  (10)

Cons

  • Poor Components  (5)
  • Heavy  (4)
  • none yet  (2)
  • Tires  (2)
  • Better front shock 
  • Bouncy shocks 

Best Uses

  • Single track  (25)
  • Climbing  (18)
  • Urban Riding  (18)
  • Casual trails  (15)
  • Cross country  (10)
  • Descending  (10)

 
4.0
Sep 22, 2012

great bike for the money

Pros:
Smooth shifting, Great Components, Handles Well, Lightweight
Cons:
Bouncy Shocks
Best Uses:
Single Track, Casual Trails, Free Riding, Cross Country
what's great about the bike is the lightweight frame and the components shift relatively smoothly into gears. Great bike for the price. Looked around at other bikes and couldn't find anything better for this price. The only complaint I have is the front shocks are a little bouncy when standing up to crank. With that being said, this could be my own issue, as I haven't quite mastered locking out the shock or adjusting the spring tension.
by GO BLUE from BIG HOUSE, MI

 
4.0
Jun 05, 2011

Great 1st Bike!

Pros:
Handles Well
Cons:
Best Uses:
Single Track, Casual Trails
Got this bike for my son's 8th grade graduation - He'll use it to ride to soccer practice and recreational/trail riding. The day he got it we went for a 10 mile ride. He likes the fit and finish, comfortable ride, lock out shock. This is a bike he can grow with and upgrade as needed[...]
by SD from Bourbonnais, IL

 
5.0
May 07, 2011

Wow first bike in years

Pros:
Lightweight, Rugged, Great Components, Handles Well, Versatile, Smooth Ride
Cons:
Best Uses:
Free Riding
First bike in years. I use this for city commutes and trails and it's very comfortable for a big guy like my self. It also has a nice paint scheme on it so it looks perfect
by Murad from Orlando FL

 
5.0
May 05, 2011

SPECIALIZED ROCKHOPPER "ROCKS"

Pros:
Lightweight, Frame carries water bot, Great Components, Rugged, Handles Well, Smooth Ride, Versatile
Cons:
Wrap cables at front, Better front shock
Best Uses:
Free Riding, Single Track, Downhill, Cross Country, Casual Trails
I bought my first bike in 1987 a "Specialized Rockhopper", after getting hooked on mountain biking in Big Bear. My '87 Rockhopper was/is the best bike ever!! But, couldn't resist disc brakes and shocks any longer. Looked at and tested my different brands of bikes and the second I rode the 2011 Rockhopper, I knew I had to have it. It may not be the most expensive bike out there, but this bike handles. The brakes are soooo good, they almost scare me. I can't imagine anyone being unhappy with this bike as long as it continues to switch gears and the chain doesn't fall off....this bike "rocks"!!!
by SRW from San Diego

 
4.0
May 01, 2011

Awsome Bike!!!!!

Pros:
Handles Well, Rugged, Great Components, Lightweight, Smooth Ride, Versatile
Cons:
Not full suspension
Best Uses:
Cross Country, Downhill, Free Riding, Single Track, Casual Trails
I Love this bike! its great worth every penny!
by fisherprice1234 from (Ahwatukee) Phoenix Arizona

 
5.0
Dec 23, 2010

Great bike.

Pros:
Versatile, Lightweight, Rugged, Handles Well
Cons:
Rough Ride
Best Uses:
Casual Trails
After some years I decided to get back into biking. This bike was exactly what I needed. I took it to a trail yesterday and I had a blast. It is very light and solidly built. It reminded me of a Gary Fisher bike I used to own years ago. I feel very sore today due to the uncomfortable seat. I have placed an order to replace it with a WTB LASER V SLT SADDLE. Other than the seat I am very happy with the purchase.
by Noise from Florida

 
4.0
Sep 05, 2010

Amazing bike

Pros:
Smooth Ride, Great Components, Lightweight, Handles Well
Cons:
Grips
Best Uses:
Cross Country, Free Riding, Downhill, Casual Trails
handles great, i use this bike for trails,jumps,and a little of downhill
by santiago from Concord,CA

 
5.0
Aug 29, 2010

2010 Rockhopper is a sweet bike

Pros:
Smooth Ride, Handles Well, Versatile, Great Components, Lightweight, Rugged
Cons:
Best Uses:
Cross Country, Casual Trails, Single Track, Downhill, Free Riding
I am replacing my old steel frame Rockhopper. I wanted something lighter and with more gears. I did not have shocks, my new 2010 Rockhopper has stock, front shocks. I picked it up just last week and took a short 11 mile ride that day. Wow what a sweet ride it was. I had gears left over on the hills I normally need my lowest gear to get over. I am in love and a happy camper...
by Shasta Di from Shasta, CA

 
5.0
Aug 08, 2010

some much stuff at a good price

Pros:
Lightweight, Smooth Ride, Great Components, Handles Well
Cons:
Tires
Best Uses:
Casual Trails, Cross Country
go go and ride trails in the mountains, it smooth handles great, the tires are not good
by Joseph from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

 
5.0
Jun 21, 2010

Happy Rider

Pros:
Lightweight, Smooth Ride, Great Components, Handles Well, Rugged, Versatile
Cons:
Stock seat hurts
Best Uses:
Casual Trails, Cross Country
I had read the two previous reviews on this bike before even going shopping. I was highly impressed with the solid construction of the bike when I got to the store. I've only gone on a couple short rides with it but I couldn't be happier with it. With minimal effort I was away and cruising. Smooth shifting between gears, Highly sensitive brakes, but all around great purchase for the price. I will be replacing the seat that comes with it as I get riding more, but other than that no complaints so far.
by Dave from Alexandria, VA

 
4.0
Apr 19, 2010

Great bike

Pros:
Rugged, Smooth Ride, Great Components, Lightweight, Versatile, Handles Well
Cons:
Best Uses:
Single Track, Free Riding, Casual Trails, Cross Country
Love this bike, I have the 2008 version. Only thing when getting this bike, I'd recommend the disc brakes. The rim brakes on it are good for what they are, but if you hit even a small amount of water, the brakes don't do much good anymore.
by Justin from Grand Rapids, MI

 
5.0
Mar 07, 2010

More than worth it!

Pros:
Rugged, Fast, Handles Well, Lightweight, Great Components
Cons:
Uncomfortable seat
Best Uses:
Casual Trails, Single Track, Cross Country
I had my hesitations about spending $500+ on a mountain bike, but those were quickly erased when I took my brand new Rockhopper out on the trail and my family's cheaper bikes started to fall apart. This thing is fast, smooth, extremely well built, and handled everything I threw at it with ease. Add in the lifetime warranty on the frame, and this bike is a winner all around. Get a more comfortable seat and become the envy of all your friends with this excellent bike!
by RockSteady from Birmingham, AL

 
5.0
Jan 10, 2010

Awesome Bike

Pros:
Handles Well, Rugged, Great Components, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Casual Trails, Single Track
This bike is actually the first Mtn Bike I have ever bought. Or atleast the most expensive one. But what can I say. I thought I wasted money until I finally got it out on the trail. Had a blast and look forward to just about every weekend. So far no problems. Great bike.
by Greg T from Alexandria, va

 
5.0
Dec 01, 2009

buy the bike you will appreciate it.

Pros:
Lightweight, The bike is excellent, Versatile, Great Components, Smooth Ride, Handles Well
Cons:
The bike is good
Best Uses:
Free Riding, Casual Trails, Good for any trail, Downhill, Single Track
This bike is the best, I enjoy it and have no problem with it. It ride smooth and the component is excellent. If anybody willing to buy a bike, go for the rockhopper.
by the bestT from kissimmee Florida

 
4.0
Jul 10, 2009

Nice bike

Pros:
Lightweight, Smooth Ride, Handles Well, Great Components
Cons:
Slick tires
Best Uses:
Cross Country, Single Track, Casual Trails
Bought this bike two weeks ago. It handles much better than my last bike which I paid much more for. Shifts very smoothly, is light and handles well. I bought a seat pad right off the bat so no problems there.Its a very wet, muddy summer here so the tires being kind of slick was apparent right off the bat. Well worth the money so far though.
by Bill from Dover,NH

 
5.0
Jul 09, 2009

GREAT BIKE

Pros:
Rugged, Handles Well, Versatile, Great Components
Cons:
Best Uses:
Casual Trails, Downhill
I HAVE HAD THIS BIKE FOR OVER A YEAR.IT'S A GREAT RIDE,HANDLES WELL AND I HAVE NOT HAD A SINGLE PROBLEM WITH THE BIKE.ONLY BEEN BACK TO THE SHOP TO ASK A QUESTION.MONEY WELL SPENT.......
by RICK from ROCKLAND COUNTY,NEW YORK-NEAR NYC

 
5.0
Jun 25, 2009

NICE BIKE!!!!!

Pros:
Lightweight, Handles Well, Durable, Good Geometry, Great Components
Cons:
Best Uses:
Trail Riding, Single Track
I bought this bike about a week ago and it is AMAZING! theres only 2 slight issues with it, the chain jammed up a couple of times and the tires are slightly slippery. On the other hand THIS IS THE BEST BIKE I HAVE EVER RIDDEN IN MY LIFE!!!! its more than worth it this bike is AWESOME!
by Nick from Phoenix, AZ

 
5.0
Jun 16, 2009

BEST BIKE EVER

Pros:
Comfortable, Lightweight, Durable, Handles Well, Good Geometry
Cons:
Best Uses:
Single Track, Climbing, Descending, Technical Riding, Urban Riding
THIS bike can handle whatever you but it thru believe me i would know
by vinnie from west hills CA

 
4.0
May 25, 2009

Good bike

Pros:
Handles Well, Durable, Good Geometry
Cons:
Poor Components
Best Uses:
Single Track, Descending, Climbing
I bought this bike a last week and have a great time riding it. for the price i paid it was worth every penny. The derailer is the only problem i have had with it, the bike has trouble shifting unless on flat at a steady pace.
by Bob from Buffalo, NY

 
4.0
May 24, 2009

Best bike under $1000.

Pros:
Great stock saddle, Best all around geometry, Good on the road, Good off road, Great handling
Cons:
Not a good jumper, Drive train touchy, Needs 4 upgrades
Best Uses:
Best for off road touring, Pulling trailers, Mild to moderate off road
Hi, my name is Scott. I am 35 years old, married with kids. I live in Pacific Grove, CA. The weather here is perfect 50-65 F degrees year round so I get to ride daily. Been riding mountain bikes regularly since 1987. This is my sixth mountain bike. When choosing a bike I have to go to at least the eight hundred dollar mark to find something that was what I wanted. I didn't want disc brakes, I wear them out way too fast. I have a 23" 2008 Rockhopper in yellow. I am 6' 4" and 350 lbs. I have set this bike up for off road touring. The bike loaded with me on it is around 400 lbs. The trailer with both kids in it is 95 lbs. All together I ride a 495 lb. rig up and down hills around the beach and through the forest. This bike does well with the weight. Solid frame. Great all around geometry and positioning. I changed out the pedals first for some platforms. The wheels seem to do pretty well. I know how to true wheels and have had to do that about four or five times. I know I will eventually have to get some better wheels. I prefer to enjoy scenery, not glance at it so I ride under 20 mph. Although I've had it up to 50 mph when I first got it and it stopped great in about 40 feet. Still have the same brake pads on it that it came with. Ihe V-brakes stop me well when I'm going down hill fully loaded in the rain no problem. And they last alot longer than the disc brakes on my last bike that wore out every two weeks. That was expensive! I put on front and rear racks with bags, took off the front derailluer/shifter and I just use a single front gear. I put on L-bend bar ends, a head light, kickstand, tiny black bell, 2.5" tires (2.3" max with front derailleur), some anodized colorful components including a bash guard on the crank just for my personal entertainment. But it really does keep the pant leg clean. Shocks are mushy for my weight but no problems no leaks and the lockout feature is great, it has a blow off valve so when you hit a big pot hole unannounced it enables the shocks momentarily then goes back to locked out. Nice touch! Stock saddle is great! The only problem I have had with this bike is the drive train is touchy so you have to make sure it is in tune every couple of rides. I only use wax for the lubricant and that helped alot. So I recommend a rear derailluer upgrade, rear cog upgrade, chain upgrade and then you should be able to ride a good distance without making any adjustments. SUMMARY: If you want a fun bike at a good price get this bike. I think its great. But don't jump ramps on it or take ten foot drops and expect it to last. If you know how to keep a bike in tune then you can keep these components. But if you need a low maintenence bike then upgrade the drivetrain asap, or get a $1200 bike.I had a thousand to spend on a new bike but this one is great. So I spent the extra money on the racks and goodies and tools and tires etc. But it does pretty well especially for a make shift mountain goat. I've been riding it for a year and a half and I give it two thumbs up. If disc brakes work well for you then I recommend a different bike, you can get more for that money in this wide open market.
by The Clydesdale from Pacific Grove, CA

Specifications

Frame
Specialized M4 butted-aluminum
Fork
SR SunTour, 100mm-travel (13- and 15-inch: 80mm-travel)
Rims/Wheels
Alex RHD
Hubs
Aluminum
Spokes
14-gauge stainless-steel
Tires
Specialized The Captain Sport, 26 x 2.0
Crankset
SR SunTour
Chainrings
42/32/22
Front Derailleur
Shimano Altus
Rear Derailleur
SRAM X-5
Rear Cogs
SRAM, 8-speed: 11-32
Shifters
SRAM X-4
Handlebars
Aluminum riser
Tape/Grips
Specialized Enduro, dual-density Kraton
Stem
Aluminum
Brake Levers
Aluminum
Brakes
Avid BB5, mechanical-disc
Pedals
Platform
Saddle
Specialized Rockhopper XC Body Geometry
Seatpost
Aluminum