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Specialized Releases New Rockhoppers for 2018

The Rockhopper line of bikes from specialized has been around for a long, long time. Specialized has updated these entry-level bikes for 2018. Some of the changes include a refined frame design that shaves weight and internal cable routing.

They have also reworked the geometry of the bike. Notably, the Rockhopper moves from a 71° to a 69.8° head tube angle and the chainstays have gone from  442mm down to 435mm. Here is a size medium comparison of the 2017 and 2018 versions:

 2018 Size Medium2017 Size Medium
STACK605mm624mm
REACH418mm412mm
HEAD TUBE LENGTH95mm100mm
HEAD TUBE ANGLE69.8°71°
BB HEIGHT312.5mm310mm
BB DROP57.5mm64mm
TRAIL82mm80mm
FORK LENGTH, FULL506mm505mm
FORK RAKE/OFFSET51mm46mm
FRONT CENTER676mm657mm
CHAINSTAY LENGTH435mm442mm
WHEELBASE1104mm1091mm
TOP TUBE LENGTH, HORIZONTAL595mm615mm
BIKE STANDOVER HEIGHT775mm810.4mm
SEAT TUBE LENGTH430mm445mm
SEAT TUBE ANGLE73.8°72°

The 2018 models also feature new component builds at prices ranging from $490.00 to $1100.00. The lower end models feature triple chain rings, coil spring forks and mechanical disk brakes which put them in the category of bikes that a mountain biker will quickly outgrow. The higher end models feature air forks, 2x drive trains and hydraulic brakes that make them a bit more respectable bikes. However you will be pushing near the $1000 mark for those builds and that point there are a ton of much better specced bikes available from manufacturers that don’t put “Specialized” on their downtubes.

In the end it feels like the Rockhopper still fills a price-point in the Specialized lineup without providing anything special. The updates make it an improved bike, but probably not the best bike for the money.

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