Specialized Rockhopper bike in the workshop today

Specialized Rockhopper my Old School favourite hardtail bike.

Specialized rockhopper bike
Specialized rockhopper bike

Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc., more commonly known simply as Specialized, is a major American brand of bicycles and related products. It was founded in 1974 by Mike Sinyard and is based in Morgan Hill, California. Their UK website is here.

The rockhopper model has been in production for over 20 years and has been constantly evolving into the model below which is the 2015 version.

Rockhopper Expert 29
Rockhopper Expert 29

The version we are working on today has really good rim brakes and twistgrip shifting, of which I am not a great fan.

The bike has a problem on the front derailleur that has not been cured by the fitting of a new chain and twistgrip.

So today we are upgrading by fitting a new Shimano Deore LX front mech.

Also a side stand, rack, panniers and bags to enable the cycle to be used as a daily commuter bike are being fitted.

I will be removing the old Shimano front mech by drilling a rivet out of the cage on the shifter mechanism, to avoid the need to split the new chain. The new mech already has a removable bolt to allow this.

Specialized Rockhopper front mech
Starting to setup Specialized Rockhopper front mech

The new mech has made shifting much easier and smoother, with less effort needed at the twistgrip.

It did take quite a bit of setting up, as what felt right in the workshop needed a slight tweak  after a road test and lubrication of the chain and gear set.

Fitting the rack and panniers has added weight but as the bike is being used mainly on the daily commute this is fine as the space to carry equipment to and from is essential.

Not a bad half hours work and it is only 8am now !

Published by Pete

Currently I am a director/volunteer of Artisans Collective in Prestatyn North Wales, and also involved with Men’s Shed Prestatyn who currently hold their social sessions the Old Library, Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community, and Morfa Gateway Projects.

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