This week’s Readers’ Rides comes from Sam, who suffers from being too tall for most vintage MTB frames, something many of us can attest to. However, that didn’t stop him from building a beautiful RockHopper, so let’s check it out below!
Being 6’3″ certainly limits the options for finding an older mountain bike frame. I was lucky enough to find this Rockhopper frame in Grabber Green for $40 a few years ago. It has been through a few different iterations but I have finally settled on leaving the bike where it is at.
I built it for some rides that friends and I do with older bikes through singletrack, gravel, and paved surfaces. The aluminum frame is light and stiff and is a blast on local smooth singletrack. For components, I always seem to have great luck with Shimano 1×10, it seems to be just about the best shifting bike I own.
I also scored an awesome Camo anodized Chris King Classic hub and built up a new rear wheel just around that. Chris King even was kind enough to do a full service and press in a slightly larger bearing to take up any play that had developed over the years on the house!
They wrote back to me saying that they were happy to see the hub being used still and did not charge me a dime.
This bike is my favorite bike and it can do just about anything I ask of it. Thanks for looking!
We’d like to thank all of you who have submitted Readers Rides builds to be shared over here. The response has been incredible and we have so many to share over the next few months. Feel free to submit your bike, listing details, components, and other information. You can also include a portrait of yourself with your bike and your Instagram account! Please, shoot landscape-orientation photos, not portrait. Thanks!