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Review: Specialized Rockhopper

By June 13, 2020 June 18th, 2020 Reviews, Specialized

There are 5 new Specialized Rockhopper models coming into Australia this year. 

The Rockhopper mountain bike has been a part of the Specialized range for 35 years. If you’re looking for a hardtail bike (front suspension only), there’s a Rockhopper for every budget, the basic model starts at $750.

For 2021, the Rockhopper has 26, 27.5 and 29 inch wheel size options, and frames from XXS to XXL so it can fit a rider of any size. 

At Batemans Bay Cycles, we have the Rockhopper Expert, Rockhopper Comp and the Rockhopper Sport in stock. The Rockhopper Elite and basic level Rockhopper will arrive in store shortly. 

Call us or come in for a visit to take them for a test ride.

Rockhopper – $750

As the entry-point into the range, the Rockhopper has to be one of the best-looking hardtails for the price. Disc brakes, 2×8 gears, lightweight alloy frame and a 100mm travel Suntour fork round out this package. The Rockhopper is available all the way down to a XX-Small size for shorter riders and kids.

Rockhopper Sport – $875

The Rockhopper Sport features Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and an A1 premium alloy frame, the same that comes on the $1,700 model. This is a tidy hardtail complete with 2×9 Shimano gears and high volume 2.3in rubber tyres.

Rockhopper Comp – $1,000

The Rockhopper Comp gets a Suntour XCM fork with lockout, so the fork can go rigid, good for climbing up hills on the road. It shares the same frame and geometry as the top-end models, has tubeless compatible wheels, a 1×9 drivetrain and Shimano disc brakes. 

Rockhopper Elite – $1,400

The Rockhopper Elite has the alloy frame, RockShox fork, tubeless wheels and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes as the Expert. The Rockhopper Elite is fitted with a cheaper 1×10 drivetrain to bring the price down by quite a bit. 

Solid value here!

Rockhopper Expert – $1,700

The Rockhopper Expert ticks a lot of boxes for proper trail riding.

This is the top option in the range. The Expert comes with an air-sprung RockShox Judy fork, a SRAM 1×12 SX Eagle drivetrain, tubeless ready wheels AND 2.3in Ground Control tyres. 

Thanks to Mick Ross and Chris Southwood from Flow Flow Mountain Bike for this review. Read their full review of the Specialized Rockhopper 2021 range on their website.