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The 2022 Specialized Rockhopper Elite 27.5 Hardtail Mountain Bike is the second from top of the range bike in the Rockhopper line-up. It comes with a performance focussed specification at a great price. The Rockhoppers are one of Specialized’s longest running lines of bikes and they’ve always been a great starting point for riders who want a properly off-road capable mountain bike at an affordable price.
For 2022 the Rockhopper features an all-new, Premium A1 Aluminium frame. The Rockhopper’s butted aluminium frame features hydroformed top and downtubes in order to keep weight low and strength high, all while providing increased standover clearance, slick internal cable routing and dropper-post compatibility.
The smaller bikes in the Rockhopper range come with a choice of 27.5” or 29” wheels. The result is a Rockhopper to fit every rider and the assurance that every Rockhopper is rolling on the best-handling wheel for its frame size.
The Rockhopper Elite comes with RockShox Judy Solo Air suspension forks which allow for the ride to be adjusted more accurately to suit your tastes. 1x11 speed Shimano Deore gearing is great value for money and performs brilliantly off-road. Shimano MT200 hydraulic brakes give plenty of stopping power and tubeless ready wheels give an easy path to upgrades.
This bike is perfect for
Riders who want a properly off-road capable mountain bike with great tech where it is needed and a reasonable price point.
Specialized have been making mountain bikes for nearly as long as there have been mountain bikes. Models like the Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have been staples of the range for decades with the technology being updated and refined every year. The 2022 Specialized mountain bike range has bikes for all kinds of mountain bikers with prices ranging from £500 to over £10,000.
All Specialized mountain bikes are ‘beyond gender’. Although they are technically unisex, Specialized tend to fit more female friendly saddles on the smaller size bikes and more male friendly saddles on the larger bikes. These can easily be swapped out to suit preferences.
Specialized is one of the best-known quality bike brands in the world. Started by a group of riders in 1974. A fact which has guided their decision making ever since.
" Made for riders, by riders."
They strove to make the best quality tires when quality tyres weren't around. When people wanted to ride cruisers in the dirt, they made the first production mountain bike. When roadies wanted to go faster, Specialized doubled down on carbon and built their own wind tunnel.
Bikes like the Allez, Rockhopper and Stumpjumper have developed followings and reputations of their own. Specialized has a reputation for making high-end, high-quality bikes. Specialized bikes always look great with high-quality paint and sensible sizing hel0s you get the right bike each time. If you buy a Specialized bike you can be guaranteed it will do what it is supposed to and will last.
Mountain biking is an incredibly diverse sport. Mountain bikes now come in three main flavours. They are XC, Trail and Enduro.
XC – short for cross country, are quick race bikes. They will normally have 29” wheels and come with 100mm of suspension. If you are mainly going to be riding bridleways and natural trails in the South East of England, where our shops are, an XC bike will be the quickest and most efficient option.
Trail – these bikes are designed to be pedalled up and down hill and for use on bridleways and natural trails, but also at dedicated trail centres. They normally come with 130mm or 140mm of suspension travel and can have either 27.5” or 29” wheels, but 29” is quickly becoming the norm. Trail bikes are good all-rounders. They won’t be as fast as an XC bike on the flat but they can handle a lot more challenging terrain, and a few jumps. If you plan on taking your bike to trail centres in Wales, or to the Alps, then a trail bike may be your best option.
Enduro – enduro racing is a thing in and of itself but many people buy enduro bikes for ‘aggressive’ trail riding and uplift days at places like Bike Park Wales. This generally means challenging downhill trails with some big jumps. With around 160mm of suspension travel enduro bikes can take some big hits. They are designed to be efficient enough to pedal up hills but really come into their own when pointed downhill. You get enduro bikes in either 27.5” or 29” wheel sizes as well as mullet setups of 29 at the front and 27.5 at the back.
Nearly all the mountain bikes we sell are now unisex. All of the big brands have gradually stopped doing dedicated men’s and women’s bikes over the last few years. Instead they are focussed on producing bikes in a bigger range of sizes. So, for instance, the Trek Marlin 5 is a unisex bike that now comes in sizes from XXS to XXL large. This means it will fit riders from 4’ 5” to 6’ 5” and everything in between.
|Frame||Specialized 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|
|Fork||RockShox Judy, Solo Air, Turnkey damper, 46mm offset, QR, 80/90/100mm travel (size-specific), steel steerer|
|Stem||3D-forged alloy, 31.8mm, 7-degree rise|
|Saddle||Bridge Sport, Steel rails, 155/143mm|
|Handlebars||Stout Mini Rise, alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 15mm rise, 31.8mm|
|Grips||Specialized MTB Grip, lock-on|
|Front Brake||Shimano BR-MT200, hydraulic disc, 180mm|
|Rear Brake||Shimano BR-MT200, hydraulic disc, 180mm|
|Shift Levers||Shimano Deore M5100, 11-speed|
|Cassette||Shimano Deore, 11spd, 11-51t|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore M5100, SGS, 11-speed|
|Chain||KMC X11EPT, 11-speed, anti-corrosion coating w/ reusable Missing Linkâ„¢|
|Crankset||Stout 1x, forged alloy|
|Pedals||SBC-54 Flat pedal|
|Bottom Bracket||Square-tapered, 73mm, internal bearings, 122.5mm spindle|
|Rims||Specialized Alloy, hookless, Tubeless ready, 25mm inner width|
|Front Hub||Formula DC-20, 6-Bolt, disc, 100x9mm spacing, quick-release|
|Rear Hub||Formula DC-22, 6-Bolt freehub, disc, 135x9mm spacing, quick-release|
|Front Tire||Fast Trak Control 2Bliss Ready T5, 27.5x2.35"|
|Rear Tire||Fast Trak Control 2Bliss Ready T5, 27.5x2.35"|
|Inner Tubes||Presta, 40mm valve|
|SeatPost||Alloy, 2-bolt clamp, 30.9mm|
|Seat Binder||Alloy, quick release, 34.9|
Please note: Manufacturers can sometimes change the specification of the products from time to time.
|Colours||GLOSS ARCTIC BLUE / BLACK, GLOSS SAGE GREEN / OAK GREEN, SATIN DOPPIO / GLOSS SAND|
|Sizes||M, S, XS|
|Barcodes||888818757374, 888818757541, 888818757602, 888818757817, 888818757954, 888818758012, 888818758098, 888818758142, 888818758722|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||91522-4001, 91522-4002, 91522-4003, 91522-4101, 91522-4102, 91522-4103, 91522-4201, 91522-4202, 91522-4203|
You can choose how to receive your new bike. You can click and collect from our stores, pick a fast courier delivery or premium hand delivery. Whichever option you choose your bike will be fully assembled and checked by one of our experienced mechanics.
We regularly check our prices against our competitors to ensure that you are getting a good deal. If you find an item cheaper within seven days of purchase, just let us know and ask us to match the price.
Cycles UK provides 14 days of free insurance on all new bikes sold to UK customers. As part of our service, your new bike is automatically covered with 14 days’ FREE insurance against theft and accidental damage.
Opinions of contact points such as saddles, shoes and grips can vary a lot between different riders. If you buy a contact point from Cycles UK and you don’t find it comfortable, you can return it within 30 days, and we’ll swap it for something else.
|Specialized Standard Mountain Bike Sizing|
|Frame Size||Rider Height (CM)|
|XSmall||148 - 155|
|Small||158 - 165|
|Medium||165 - 178|
|Large||178 - 185|
|Xlarge||185 - 193|
|Traditionally bigger bikes come with a longer headtube and higher stand over height. All S-Size trail bikes come in sizes with similar headtube lengths and stand over heights. This allows you to choose the size that best matches where, and how, you ride. Smaller S-Size bikes are going to be more nimble, thanks to their shorter reach and front-centre measurement, while larger S-Sizes deliver more stability and a roomier ride.|
|So, for example, if you’re 5’8”, you could ride a S2, S3, or S4. If you want a ride that’s balanced between manoeuvrability and stability, S3 will be your size. If you want a more nimble ride, you’d drop down to a S2. Want a bike that’s more stable at speed? Bump up to a S4.|
|Standard Size Equivalent||Xsmall||Small||Medium||Large||Xlarge||XXLarge|
|Rider Height feet and inches||4' 11" to 5' 3"||5' 2" to 5' 8"||5' 5" to 5' 11"||5' 8" to 6' 2"||5' 10" to 6' 4"||6'2" to 6' 8"|
|Rider Height CM||150 to 160||157 to 173||165 to 180||173 to 188||178 to 193||188 to 203|
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