Weight: 25 lbs/11.3 kg
Frame & Fork: Specialized Direct Drive Off Road CrMo Custom Butted
Groupset: Shimano Exage LT (M320) groupset (brakes and derailleurs)
Crankset: Shimano Altus A10
Wheelset: Specialized X25 Alloy rims on Shimano Exage hubs with Kenda Small Block Eight 26x1.95 tires
A friend sent me a text that there were two Rockhoppers for sale in Vernon. I found the ad and went to check them out. Wow, did I luck out. I bought these two Rockhoppers (#25 and #26) from a retired German/Canadian couple. They had bought them new in 1994 so that their German grandkids would have bikes to ride when they visited in the summers. Later they set them up with cushy seats and high handlebars for their own use but in the end decided to buy e-bikes. They were sad bikes but they had hardly been used and they were in excellent condition so I knew it would be easy to make them happy again.
The rebuild on both bikes went smoothly. Everything was in such excellent shape and cleaned up beautifully. New saddles, chains, cables and housing, tires, tubes, grips and brake pads made them like new again. They both had inappropriate stems, especially the purple one, so that needed fixing. Good quill MTB stems are hard to find so in the end I gave them both quill to threadless stem adapters with some nice threadless stems I had on hand. I really lucked out with the stem on this one. I had this green stem for ages, wondering if I'd ever have a bike to put it on. It matches this one perfectly! I love Bike Karma! It's amazing how well the Exage groupset works. Both bikes shift so smoothly and the brakes stop the bikes with ease. These are the perfect bikes for dependable riding around town and on the local rail trail or greenway.
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