The classic gateway drug of MTB, the Specialized Rockhopper, gets a redesign for 2021.
For many, the Specialized Rockhopper will have been one of the first mountain bikes they ever rode. It’s been the gateway drug, affordably priced but specced like a ‘proper’ bike, and available in local bike shops up and down the country. Price, spec, and accessibility have made them a consistently popular model, but this year there’s a complete redesign – perhaps recognising the increasing competition in the market.
The key change is in wheel size: where once there was the Specialized Pitch for 27.5 loving riders, and the Rockhopper for 29ers, now there is just the Rockhopper, but with wheel sizes that vary with frame size. Sizes XS to M will have 27.5in wheels, while M to XXL will have 29in wheels. Americans will also have the option of an XXS with 26in wheels, aimed at the youth market.
The new alloy frame shaves weight off previous models, while adding in new features. You get practical ones such as a threaded bottom bracket and stealth rack and kickstand mounts. Then there are the features you’d want on any mountain bike, like dropper post compatibility and internal cable routing.
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Specialized Rockhopper 2021 Pricing
- Rockhopper – £379
- Rockhopper Sport – £449
- Rockhopper Comp – £549
- Rockhopper Elite – £699
- Rockhopper Expert – £899
The entry level Rockhopper will be just £379 and comes with a coil sprung SR Suntour fork, while the Rockhopper Sport adds hydraulic brakes into the mix. The Comp model swaps out brakes and hubs for Shimano components, the Elite gets an air fork from Rockshox, better quality drivetrain and is tubeless ready. The top of the range Expert gets a SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain.
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