The Specialized Rockhopper Expert 29: a versatile sport bike for tall riders
- Suspension fork with adjustments
- Specialized Body Geometry saddle
- Light weight frame
- 2x10 Sram X5 drivetrain
- XXL frame size
- Weak wheels
- No subtle colors
- SM size frame is unnecessary
The Specialized Rockhopper Expert 29 is an upper level sport class hardtail. The 29" wheels will roll smoothly over any road or light trail the rider finds themselves exploring. The A1 aluminum frame is quite light and stiff, making for a responsive and confident ride. The Sram X5 2x10 drivetrain is nice and modern and will provide more than enough gears for the rider to bang through. The XXL frame option is perfect for those who are 6'4" and up; they'll finally feel like they are on a bike the right size for them.
The Small frame option is unnecessary as riders smaller than 5'4" may find this bike too big and too cumbersome. It would have been nice to see a more subtle color option as well - the flashy red or bright green may put a few people off. The 20mm 29" wheels will help smooth out rough terrain but they may be prone to bending if you push them too far. 29" wheels have a bigger diameter, thus making them weaker, especially with the front wheel having only 28 spokes.
All-in-all the Specialized Rockhopper Expert 29 is a great bike for a taller intermediate rider who's looking for a decent hardtail for both urban riding and trail duty. This ride will be just as good commuting around the city as it will be on the trails. Just keep it off the more technical terrain and you will be happy with your purchase.
The 2015 Rockhopper Expert 29 continues with tradition offering well known durability and features. A lightweight A1 SL aluminum frame and Custom SR Suntour XCR-AIR fork forms a strong starting point. A mix of components from SRAM & Tektro complete drivetrain and braking duties, while rolling on Specialized Stout XC wheels and Ground Control Sport tyres. This is the perfect bike to start out on for riders looking to explore the local trails or maybe dabble in the occasional local event.
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