4.5 | 4 customer reviews

Rockhopper Expert 29

£800.00  £1,099.00
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The 'Specialized' Rockhopper Expert MTB delivers true trail-taming capability without the hefty price tag. With a premium A1 Aluminum frame, modern geometry, RockShox Judy SoloAir fork, Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes, and SRAM Eagle 1x12 gearing, this bike is ready to dominate any trail.

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Excuse the brag but we’ve really outdone ourselves here. Proving that true trail-taming capability doesn’t have to come at an intimidating price the Rockhopper Expert is the culmination of 30 years of redefining the relationship between value and performance.

Start with a painstakingly engineered Premium A1 Aluminum frame add in modern geometry that keeps one eye on efficiency and the other on confident capability and you have the rock-solid foundation of our best Rockhopper yet.

Pair that with a parts list that just doesn’t quit (...can we get a shoutout for RockShox’s Judy SoloAir fork and Shimano’s always-in-charge MT200 hydraulic disc brakes?) and you have a tubeless-ready SRAM Eagle 1x12-equipped Rockhopper that’s absolutely prepared to fly.

FrameSpecialized A1 premium butted alloy, zero-stack head tube, internal cable routing, 135x9mm forged dropouts, chainstay-mounted disc brake, replaceable alloy derailleur hanger, stealth rack mounts, dropper post compatible
ForkRockShox Judy, Solo Air, Turnkey damper, 46mm offset, QR, 80/90/100mm travel (size-specific), alloy steerer
StemStout 3D-forged alloy, 31.8mm, 6-degree rise
HandlebarsSpecialized, alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 15mm rise, 31.8mm
GripsSpecialized Trail Grips, lock-on
Front BrakeShimano BR-MT200, hydraulic disc, 160mm
Rear BrakeShimano BR-MT200, hydraulic disc, 180mm
Rear DerailleurSRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
Shift LeversSRAM SX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
CassetteSRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 11-50t
ChainSRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
CranksetSRAM SX Eagle, Powerspline
Bottom BracketSRAM Powerspline
RimsSpecialized Alloy, hookless, Tubeless ready, 25mm inner width
Front HubShimano HB-RM35, Center Lock™ disc, 9x100mm spacing, quick-release, 28h
Rear HubShimano FH-RM35, Center Lock™ disc, 9x135mm spacing, quick-release, 32h
Front TireGround Control, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
SpokesStainless, 14g
Rear TireGround Control, Control casing, GRIPTON® compound, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3"
Inner TubesPresta, 40mm valve
SaddleBridge Sport, steel rails
SeatPostAlloy, 2-bolt clamp, 30.9mm
Seat BinderAlloy, quick release, 34.9

Please note: Manufacturers can sometimes change the specification of the products from time to time.

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Comment author

Verified Purchase | 2022-03-30 15:44:49

This is my third Rockhopper since the early nineties... the original is still in good working order (in fact it may be stronger, but heavier). Says a lot. It's a solid bike. You can certainly spend a LOT more, and will mostly only save on weight when you do.

Here are the issues that you should know:

1. The geometry of the bike is fundamentally based on an older standard. This most affect the width of the frame for the wheels. Many top-range bikes allow wider wheel hubs, which adds stability (called Boost). A consequence is that you have to consider NON-BOOST Wheels/ hubs.

2. The Expert Rockhopper, while top of the range, is fitted with SRAM SX -it's essentially the bottom of the line for the 1x12 drivetrain group-set components (crank/ derailleur/cassette/controls). Because of this choice, it is not a direct swap out to upgrade to the much more robust and beloved SRAM GX cassette (the gears on the back wheel). You can If you plan on putting a lot of hard miles on, you'll run into this. The other components can be swapped out and are compatible.

3. If you are planning on doing any substantial off-road trail or mountain biking, get yourself a spare Derailleur hanger - they are designed to fail, and can leave you stranded in the woods, carrying your bike all the way back to civilisation. You risk being the meat in a bear/racoon sandwich. Ask for a hanger when you buy the bike, they might include it for no cost. Mine cracked off in a week. I think the Specialized hanger is particularly frail.

It's a great bike. I only wish the Expert version had SRAM GX group-set and accommodated the boost hubs - but then it might cannibalise sales of the EPIC range (more like treble the price). But you have to ask, WHY not offer the better bike? Call it "the Actual Expert Rockhopper"

Oh and replace the plastic pedals they come with... that one thing dramatically enhanced the quality and feel of the ride.

Straight-up advice, hope it's helpful. Now get out there and have some fun instead of reading about it.

Comment author

Verified Purchase | 2022-02-02 14:58:03

Love the bike, great upgrade from my Bergamont Revox3.

One issue is that the powerspline bottom bracket has had to be replaced after 460miles/6months. Rather than a straight replacement I upgraded to a better BB and crankset at nearly 20% of the original cost. Hence the 4* rather than 5*

Comment author

Verified Purchase | 2021-01-08 12:17:32

Received this from Plymouth concept store on 7/1/21. The bike had been expertly prepped and just needed minor assembly. Went for a 20 mile ride, very comfortable and everything works as it should - smooth and efficient. If buying as a winter fitness bike as I have (mixture of road, riverside path and trail) then you might want a larger chainring (34 or 40) or you could run out of gears on downhill road sections. The off road sections were a breeze.

Will definitely recommend to friends and family

Comment author

Verified Purchase | 2020-08-09 17:29:52

Had it 3 weeks now and i love it, im a fat 44 year old trying to keep up with my kids but on this bike its the kids trying to keep up with me. Looks good,rides great.

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