The Rockhopper Expert is the perfect bike to begin your dive into the XC world. That's because we built it to be light, durable, and exceedingly capable, but how we did it is almost as fun as riding it.
It starts with our new A1 SL alloy frame that has optimized tube shapes which save weight while dramatically improving aesthetics. To go along with these clean new lines, the new Rockhopper also has internal cable routing to further clean up the frame. Lastly, our Sport XC 29 geometry adjusts the reach, angles, and standover height to make for an improved fit across the size range. This is sure to keep you ripping and confident while heading both up and down the trail.
This Rockhopper comes spec'd with a mix of durable Shimano components, powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, grippy Ground Control tires, and an SR Suntour XCR-Air fork with just the right amount of travel.
- The frame is constructed from lightweight A1 Aluminium in order to provide a compliant, durable platform to support our acclaimed XC Sport 29 Geometry. Combined, you get a bike that's more than efficient on climbs and descends with equal aplomb.
- SR Suntour XCR-Air fork features 80/90/100mm (size-specific) of suspension travel that swings well above its weight class.
- Shimano Deore rear derailleur provides crisp, reliable shifting that you can count on when the going gets rough. With it, you'll be able to precisely move through the wide gear range to make cruising the flats almost as easy climbing those hills.
SEAT BINDER Alloy, QR clamp, 34.9mm 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 FRONT HUB Shimano Center Lock, disc, 100x9mm QR, 28h REAR HUB Shimano Center Lock, disc, 135x9mm QR, 32h INNER TUBES Presta, 40mm valve SPOKES Stainless, 14g, black FRONT TYRE Ground Control Sport, Flak Jacket flat protection, wire bead, 29x2.3" RIMS Stout XC 25 29, alloy, disc only, double-wall, 25mm internal width, 28/32h REAR TYRE Ground Control Sport, Flak Jacket flat protection, wire bead, 29x2.1" BOTTOM BRACKET Square taper, 73mm, internal bearings CHAIN KMC X9EPT, 9-speed, anti-corrosion coating w/ reusable Missing Link™ CRANKSET Stout, forged alloy, 3x9 CASSETTE Sunrace, 9-speed, 11-34t SHIFT LEVERS Shimano Acera 3x9 FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Altus FD-M371, 34.9mm clamp, down-swing CHAINRINGS 44/32/22T REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore, 9-speed SADDLE Henge Sport, steel rails, 143mm SEATPOST Alloy, 12mm offset, 2-bolt clamp, 30.9mm GRIPS Specialized MTB Grip, lock-on HANDLEBARS Stout double-butted alloy, 10mm rise, 10-degree backsweep, 4-degree upsweep, 720mm width, 31.8mm STEM Stout 3D-forged alloy, 31.8mm, 6-degree rise FRONT BRAKE Shimano BR-M315, hydraulic disc, resin pads, 180/160mm rotor REAR BRAKE Shimano BR-M315, hydraulic disc, resin pads, 160mm rotor PEDALS Specialized Dirt FORK SR Suntour XCR-Air 29, rebound adjust, air spring, tapered alloy steerer, QR, 80/90/100mm travel (size-specific), 51mm offset