The early 90s offered a plethora of bikes that would last for ages and Toby’s 1993 Specialized Rockhopper Expert is just another example of a bike that will probably last another 30 years. Let’s take a look in today’s edition of Readers’ Rides!
When building this bike I had set out to build a bike that would get me excited about cycling the way my BMX bike did when I was younger. Once I paired the frame with some neat riser bars I knew I was on the right track. Most of the remaining parts were sourced from two local bike shops that specialize in used parts; 2nd Cycle in Tacoma, and Recycled Cycles in Seattle, both of which are staffed by friendly and knowledgeable mechanics who helped me out a lot.
The finishing touch was a gift. I reached out on a local MTB Facebook group to see if anyone had a 26” rear wheel that I could buy. A really cool dude I have never met said “Meet me at my place, I have a set of Chris King wheels that you can have.” What a legend!! They elevated the build to a whole new level.
I feel like I achieved exactly what I set out to do; build an interesting, stylish old bike that I am stoked to ride, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of Washington’s incredible cycling community.
Frame / Fork: 1993 Specialized Rockhopper Expert
Headset: Ritchey Logic
Bars: Leader TrickStar
Stem: Unknown, drilled for cable routing.
Saddle: Brooks B17
Seatpost: Ritchey Comp
Derailleur / Shifter: Sram X7
Brakes: NOS Deore Cantilevers
Wheels: Mavic X517 SUP x Chris King
Tires: Maxxis Holy Roller
Vintage saddle bag
Sick scorpion decal!
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