The 2022 Specialized Rockhopper Expert 29 Mountain Bike gives you true trail-taming capability without an intimidating price. The Rockhopper has been the go-to ‘entry level’ mountain bike for years. With 100mm of travel and lightweight aluminium frames these bikes are fast enough to race on but also capable enough to tackle most UK trail centres and big days out in the mountains. The Rockhopper Expert comes in a huge range of sizes with either 27.5” or 29” wheels offered on many of them.
The Rockhopper Expert is built around a Premium A1 Aluminum frame with modern geometry that keeps one eye on efficiency and the other on confident capability. The Rockhopper’s butted aluminium frame features hydroformed top and downtubes in order to keep weight low and strength high. It also comes with increased standover clearance, slick internal cable routing and dropper-post compatibility.
The Rockhopper Expert comes with a RockShox’s Judy Solo Air fork, SRAM’s Level hydraulic disc brakes and SRAM Eagle 1x12 gearing. Tubeless ready wheels and tyres complete a very capable build.
This bike is perfect for
Mountain bikers looking for a properly light and well equipped bike at a sensible price-point. The Rockhopper Expert would make a great first bike or a good upgrade over the entry level Rockhopper.
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.
We understand that price is important, so we regularly price-check our competitors to make sure we have the best offers available. We recognise that we will not always be the cheapest, so if you see the same product cheaper from any of our competitors then please get in touch via the form below and we will do our best to match any reasonable advertised price.
|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), alloy 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||SRAM Level, hydraulic disc, 180/160mm|
|Rear Brake||SRAM Level, hydraulic disc, 160mm|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed|
|Shift Levers||SRAM SX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed|
|Cassette||SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 11-50t|
|Chain||SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed|
|Crankset||SRAM SX Eagle, Powerspline|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM Powerspline|
|Pedals||SBC-54 Flat pedal|
|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||Specialized Fast Trak, Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35|
|Rear Tire||Specialized Fast Trak, Control Casing, T5 Compound, 29x2.35|
|Inner Tubes||Presta, 40mm valve|
|SeatPost||Alloy, 2-bolt clamp, 30.9mm|
|Seat Binder||Alloy, quick release, 34.9|
|Colours||GLOSS LAGOON BLUE / SATIN LIGHT SILVER, GLOSS OAK GREEN METALLIC / METALLIC WHITE SILVER, SATIN SILVER DUST / BLACK HOLOGRAPHIC FOIL|
|Sizes||L, M, S, XL, XXL|
|Barcodes||888818757466, 888818757695, 888818757923, 888818758326, 888818801336, 888818801572, 888818801886, 888818801893, 888818801909, 888818802067, 888818802104, 888818802333, 888818802920|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||91522-3103, 91522-3104, 91522-3105, 91522-3106, 91522-3803, 91522-3804, 91522-3805, 91522-3806, 91522-3902, 91522-3903, 91522-3904, 91522-3905, 91522-3906|
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