Pros: Great bike for the price.
Cons: Cheap Parts
Recommendation: The 2012 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er is a great beginner to intermediate level mountain bike. The M4 alloy frame on the 2012 edition is an awesome hardtail frame. The components are cheap out the box but if you replace them over time you will get solid performance out of this bike. Over the last two years I've replaced 60% of stock parts and this is my go to bike for the trails here in New England.
Pros: This bike comes already equipped to go out and handle any trail you feel like tackling. With beefy tires and great shocks everything you come in contact with is easily absorbed. Durable parts and build allow this bike to take some major abuse and continue to perform above expectation.
Cons: Stock pedals are small and not very good.
Recommendation: I would recommend this bike to anyone. It easily rolls over anything you put in it's path, has great shocks, and can handle steep inclines as long as you stay in the saddle.
Pros: Rolls over rocks ,roots and logs beautifully..great for climbing hills and coming out of turns ,light and sturdy nice lockout shock.. Been ridding a 26 for years ,Now beating up my buddies with 26ers on my 29er
Cons: 29ers are a little tougher to handle on technical trails and going into turns until you adapt to it.
Pros: Fast bike. Smooth shifter. Very fun. Good value.
Cons: Tires need to be replaced. The stock tires lose traction easily (the rear spins out and the front will slide out from under you). Rims aren't very sturdy either and bend out of dish and true easy (I weigh 190). I think there is some sort of weight restriction for this bike (I recall reading it in the owner manual). I think if I weighed 175-ish and less, this would be an incredible bike. Weigh over 200 and it would simply be dangerous. I saw one user describe it as "twitchy," and I thought that was a good description. I've had my worst wrecks in the year I've had this as opposed to the previous 10 years on it's older predecessor, but it's also a lot faster. Breaks can be noisy, but once they settle in it's not so bad.
Recommendation: Good bike for the money. Lose weight and replace the tires. REPLACE THE TIRES!!
Pros: Sweet, well balanced ride. Handles all I through at it. Nice, fast & responsive. Great at climbing. Good at technical single track and holds it's own on some steep, fast descents too (with upgraded fork)
Cons: the back can be a bit twitchy at times
Recommendation: Have upgraded forks, wheels, tyres, pedals, stem, bar & seat. I can see this bike lasting me forever now. But I have got my eye on the 2010 29er Stumpy Comp too. Maybe next year...
Cons: Shifting is not that quick (notice old year/model of bike)
Brakes have begun to squeak.
Recommendation: I got this bike used 3 years ago and have been riding it since. For it being such an old bike, it holds up very well. Like mentioned before, front suspension is cushy and still takes downhills smoothly. You can let go on rocky or rooty downhills and still maintain control.
Pros: Smooth ride
Great front suspension
Brakes grip well
Handles hard turns like a dream
Cons: Front brake has started to squeak a bit
Recommendation: I've been riding this bike for about a month now and it has significantly increased not only my riding abilities but also my confidence. No longer do I opt for the easier marked trails but attack the more/most difficult trails in a park.
Pros: Light, decent component spec, overall good entry level race ready bike.
Recommendation: I had a 2008 tha I purchased new in 09, raced on it for 2 years and couldn't be happier. My goals for racing in the next few years exceded what I believe the bike is capable of though, so it's time to upgrade.
Pros: Comfy cockpit feel.
Feels intuitive as soon as you sit on it.
Top end models come with great spec.
Cons: To get the good spec you pay top dollar!
Recommendation: A great package bike. A fantastic middle ground hardtail that is reasonably light (circa 27lbs) with equipment that will see you over most obstacles with ease. Buy the cheaper version for the frame and upgrade the parts in your own time.
Cons: Upright ride with stock handlebars and stem
Heavy (33-34 lbs)
Recommendation: This is a great bike to start your trail riding. In the five years I've owned it, I've only broken a derailleur hanger, seat rails, rear brake, and changed the chain. Definitely not a bike for racing, but it's been fun for me.
Pros: solid frame.
pretty good components
lightweight for a beginner bike
Cons: none that i can tell.
Recommendation: i bought the 2010 rockhopper expert, and everything performs pretty well for me. Im 235pounds, probably around 250 geared up, and i ride somewhat aggressively and everything on the rockhopper is holding up great so far
Cons: Rear disc had to be replaced after only a few weeks. A lot of spokes have broken, again in the rear wheel.The hub in the rear wheel has just been replaced and the pedals are naff - one has almost fallen apart.
Recommendation: Would recommend staying away from this model (09)Pro SL
Pros: Solid Frame, Relatively light, Easy to control in technical spots.
Cons: Needs some upgrades, wheels#1, pedals#2, and Sadle#3
Recommendation: I have had this bike for about 3 1/2 years, and it has been a good purchase. My only issue is that I have had to replace the wheels with a pair of downhill rims (azonic outlaws). I also replaced the pedals with some welgo dual pedals. After these modifications, this bike is a tank, a relatively lite one at that. It feels great,and it is a great platform to make upgrades to. If you were to upgrade to the pro-disc, i would recommend testing the Tora vs. the Recon to see if you feel that the recon is worth the increase in price.
Recommendation: Has something happened to Specialized's wheel makers? I used to have a 2000 Hardrock and used it for commuting around London for 7 years. The wheels just kept on turning - till the rims wore out simply from braking. That was OK - I'd got more than 10,000 miles out of them. My son also has an older Hardrock and hammers it round a mountain bike course every weekend, again without any problems.
Recently I got a new Hardrock - the 09 pro disk model with Alex Rims. Within four months the rear wheel has collapsed with three broken spokes. I have only used it for commuting in London. Looking at the spokes I can see why - they are much thinner and flimsier than the old ones.
What's more, this is the second Specialized bike I've had to have suffered a rear wheel collapse. The last one was a Rockhopper comp. I keep it for mountain biking but it too was less than a year old and had hardly been used. And I'd kept checking spoke tension.
I think Specialized have either skimped on the wheels or chosen a bad supplier. Either way it could be that you'd be risking a lot of hassle and cash if you go for the current Hardrock and Rockhopper models.
Model/Year: 2012 Pros: Good comfortable frame Cons: I ride my bike to work each day. 20km (12m) on the road and bike path. There are no stairs, jumps, rock or even hills to get excited about on my ride. It is flat and smooth.I am not a light weight guy 100 kg or 225lb. The Alex rims HR 26" wheel are useless. In two months since I bought this bike I have broken two rear spokes buckling the wheel each time and now the front wheel has buckled whilst going round a corner throwing me off!! Recommendation: Buy the bike but make sure you're either a light weight or plan to upgrade the wheels!
Pros: Great frame. Very light and easy to control. This bike come with decent components and rides well. Does great on dirt jumps and trails.
Cons: The wheels were either not assembled correctly at the shop or are just weak. These wheels will not stand up to hard shocks like stair flights. I know stairs are the roughest thing for a wheel but i figured they would withstand it better than they did.
Recommendation: Overall great bike for the money. I plan on upgrading components in a year or two when these wear out. Very pleased with my purchase.
Pros: I ride allot of steep uphill and trailless cross country and have found this frame to be very light and able to withstand some punishment and extreamly technical downhill rides with a rider weighing 250
Cons: I wore out every component on it in about six months and just replaced them all this year with all XT gear(Wich I love). The only thing I have not had to replace is the bb5 disc brakes.
Recommendation: Overall I love my bike even though I just had to replace all the coponents. Now I'll get a few more years out of it.
Pros: Light weight frame, Tektro Auriga Comp hydraulic disc brakes, geometry of frame, Shimano Deore shifters and derailleurs. Fastrack LK Control 29 x 2.0 tires.
Cons: Specialized RHD 29" stout rims,
but they have replaced them with 29" Swiss DT 470's. The complete wheelset not just the rims!!! This ends up being a plus after the factory's customer service!!!
Recommendation: Great ride! I can't say enough good about it! Other than the rims issue, which I just got the call from my LBS to say my Swiss DT 470 rims are in. I understand it to be a $500.00- $600.00 upgrade on my wheelset at NO Charge to me, the customer. Wow! Great customer service to boot!
This is my first bike in thirty years. I am new to Mountain Biking. Middle-aged, pushing 50 (Hard), six and a half foot tall rider under two hundred pounds. So I am hardly a Clydesdale. I went 29 inch because of my height & very long legs. Wheelbase of the bike and height of it are not affected much compared to a 26 inch wheel.
This bike blows the theory that a 29'er doesn't handle as well as a 26 to bits. I have ridden both and any difference in handling is between the riders ears. There is none. Other than it handles small obstacles much easier.
Really i cannot say enough about this bike. Thank you to the folks at specialized and my LBS (B&B Bicycles) in Cedar Hill, Tx.
Now I just need to improve my riding skills more. Pactice, practice, practice. Just means I have to suffer and endure more time on the trails to get the most out of this bike...:) :) :)
Pros: I am riding the 08 Pro Disc. Good bike for the money, nice componenets, I feel that you get a lot of bang for your buck. It's a Specialized how can you go wrong.
Cons: Tires are bad for where I ride (East Coast) I had to change them after about fifteen miles. I have to agree with the guy who had the rear brake issue, I must have tweaked my rear disc too and now I cant get the lever pull right and it squeaks a lot, I am not a huge fan of the hyro brakes I think I would prefer mechanical over the juicy three for more aggressive riding. One last thing about the brakes is that I experience a lot of fade when riding a lot of fast or technical sections, the brakes are getting too hot and you can pretty mch pull the levers into your grip, and yes I have tried to adjust all of this. I have put over 200 hundred pretty aggressive miles on the bike and it has held up very well overall.
Recommendation: I would say go get this bike, for the money I feel like I got a great piece of equipment. With the exception of the brakes everything else has been a dream. It could just be the way I ride so please do not hesitate picking up one of these at your local dealer.
Pros: Solid frame handles tight corners well and can go over just about anything.
Cons: I replaced the pedals already. I do have some issues with the shifting skiping which is a problem with the cables I am told. Also I bent the rotor a bit and have issues with the correct tightness without it squeaking like crazy. I also took a hard spill and bent the front rim to almost beyond repair.
Recommendation: I can abuse this with almost anything technical XC to technical DH. It takes it all and keeps on going. A stronger set of rims would be nice, but hey its a great first time ride overall.
Pros: I got this with the Comp disc brakes and TORA front shock. The bike is great for XC and has survived some intense and technical downhill.
Cons: Front rim gave out on the downhill and sent me for a nice flight. I do have a issue with the brakes. I slightly bent the back rotor and ever since I can't get the right setting for the brakes. Either is squeeks or is too loose. I don't believe this is a bike fault, just my own.
Recommendation: I am glad I chose this bike for my intro to mountain biking. I was told a hardtail would make me a better rider. We'll see when I upgrade to a full suspension.
Pros: Relatively light but very sturdy for being an aluminum frame bike. The price was better than ‘right’.
Cons: Came with a very soft Manitou fork. Don’t like the routing of the derailer cables. Wish it had disc breaks- but now I'm being picky.
Recommendation: I picked up one of these used last year without knowing anything about the model. The lady selling it said the bike had been in storage for a year, it had 32 miles on the Cat Eye odometer and not a scratch on it. One short ride up & down the alley and I was sold- $300. I wasn’t sure if I would like the hardtail but it seems to be more than adequate for the riding I do here in Alaska. The geometry of the bike itself seems to fit my riding style very well. I upgraded the fork to a fully adjustable 100 mm Marzocchi MX Pro (paid more for the fork than the bike- D’oh!), installed Shimano PD-M424 pedals and switched to a tougher seat post, all this coming together as one bike I am very happy to ride.
Pros: i love the performance of this bike.worth $670 but ride like a $1500 bike.
Cons: i guess the fork..planing to upgrade it soon.
Recommendation: this is my first bike,i cant afford to buy more than $1K.the 1st time i rode it in the trail.i was already satisfied.for now im still gona stick w/ its
fork & upgrade it in the future.strong frame.since i got.i'm always excited to go mtbiking..
Pros: I picked up an '05 Rockhopper Comp as an intro to mountianbiking and it has served me well through much abuse. The frame is lightweight and responsive. A solid XC design.
Over time I have had to replace several components - some to more match my riding preference and others as replacements for worn parts.
Cons: It was a fine deal considering the price, however as with any setup when you get to know your abilities and the components well you begin to see where you saved money. Didnt like:
Fork -> replaced with REBA Race
Crank -> replaced with Race Face Evo XC
BB -> Race Face Deus X-type
Cassette -> Sram PG 980
Saddle -> went thinner
stem -> went lighter, OS
headset: nothing special
rims: kept breaking spokes
Levers: Avid Speed Dial 7
Recommendation: Get it if you are considering the sport b/c it wont hold you back and will last for years. If you already know you will be riding hard and often - save up a bit more.
Pros: Strong frame, great components, shifts fast and smooth, good price.
Cons: none yet
Recommendation: I'm a first time buyer of a serious mtb, and couldn't imagine a better ride. After just one week and a few trail rides, I'm already thinking of trading up to the Rockhopper disc. Consider it if you'll be in mud and rain (that's any bike, not just the Rockhopper though)
Pros: -Rides well
-Has put up with plenty of abuse
Cons: -Brakes scream when wet
Recommendation: My first mountain bike. Overall I'm very pleased with it as a first bike. It's a fair value and much better than the Hard Rock and bikes a tier below it. It's probably fine for any beginner to intermediate rider.
Pros: Well, being a newbee on the block I talk from little experience. However, 42 yrs old 282lbs living in the mountains of Northern Mexico I feel as though Iam gaining on the knowledge end quickly. The bike rawks! I have a 23" extra large frame, my size at 6'4" demands it! I find this Rockhopper everything I could possibly need at this point for riding hard in the mountains. I need the strength of the frame and the braking power of the disc brakes, great! This bike was a suprize birthday gift and was already equiped with a different comfy saddle, and I use conventional pedals with toe straps, works for me very well! It's a great climber and downhill ride. I do wonder how much better the full suspension bikes could possibly be??? I'm pleased with this bike in almost every aspect...
Cons: The one area I think could be improved upon is the shifting package, I would say overall the shifting is good! But, I've had to do many adjustments to fit my demands in the riding I do... that may be due to it's newness with settling in...
Recommendation: I strongly recommend this ride to others, especially those of us in the WOW category (also known as Clydesdales) Listen to the others on the saddle change, they are most likely right and I recommend the conventioanl peddals with straps, works great for me in my type of rocky, and mountainous riding; holds my feet inplace, no slipping and gashing going on here.
Pros: The bike handles great in tight spots and is perfect for trail riding.
Cons: Everyone says the saddle sucks. Well it does and I am getting ready to replace it. I also don't for the pedals. I wiped out 2 weeks ago and a pedal messed up my calf pretty good. Time to go clip less.
Recommendation: Great hardtail for just about anybody. Remember to get a new seat and pedals because you will run into problems. Handles hills, flats, and tight spots well. Enjoy your ride and watch out for small stumps they are very unforgiving.
Pros: Very tough Frame and is very light. Climbs ok, and does alright in the switch backs
Cons: if you are a heavier rider like my self the rims may be a little weak.
Recommendation: I do a lot single track riding and I am very hard on this bike and it has held up beautiful.The rims area little weak for me I ride heavy (ie I pound down the trails) With some up grades this bike can make a pretty good Race XC bike. Frame is super Light. My bike stock weighed in about 27.5 to 28 lbs depending on scale. I have place to drop this bike down to about 25 to 24 by race season 08. I could even get lighter to if the right parts are bought.
Pros: Very light weight bike. Great look. Solid components. Great value for a overall solid bike.
Cons: -Stock tires need upgrading to a more knobby tire if riding rougher terrain.
-My back hub started making a funny noise after a couple rides....the shop advised it's not a safety issue, but the cones on the rear could have been machined a little better, but the shop just added a little more lube and now noise is very faint...can't hear on track anyway.
Recommendation: Very happy with this bike for my first MTB. Looking forward to many great rides.
Pros: Just a good bike all around. Strong and duable will take you anywere.
Cons: The saddle stinks. People have talked trash about the pedals but I have not had a problem really to whine about though except my foot has slipped a couple of times and made a bloddy gash in my leg.
Recommendation: Great Bike and its a hardtail what could be better.
Pros: Comfortable, responsive, good componentry, fast & stable
Cons: i hate Schraders! oh, and the pedals kind of suck
Recommendation: Overall a great bike. This is my first time riding a hardtail in 5 years, and the bike has proved solid on every type of terrain I've taken it on. I'm happy with the purchase, and would buy again.
Pros: I really enjoy the feel of this bike, the ride is amazing and has allowed me to really appreciate getting into this awesome sport and hey, it is pretty darn cheap too!
Cons: The fork takes a little while to break in and the derailleur hanger is very easily bent, other than that I just loive this bike.
Recommendation: If you are just getting into mountain biking and would like something a little better than the Hardrock, this bike is perfect for you. If you are a well versed rider then I would say this is definately not the bike for you.
Pros: This is my first season on this bike. I have not been a "hardcore" rider, but I'm thinking this bike will make me one! The disc brakes are amazing. The bike feels solid, it's light, and very comfortable. I highly recommend it!