For those looking for utilitarian all-around transportation, we’ve got this unique and very smooth-riding Rockhopper ready to take you on most any adventure. My experience and a little digging on the internet suggests that the frame dates from the mid to late 1980’s. Without putting overtime hours doing more detective work I’d say it’s a 1986. In any case, the paint is in extremely nice shape for being almost thirty years old. The person who donated this particular one clearly kept good care of it, and we are grateful for their generosity. It’s even got the original color-matched bottle cages, which is kind of cool.
But times have changed since 1986. We no longer have a B-movie actor in the White House whose well-honed charisma masqueraded as leadership, the Cold War ended and we’re still dealing with the aftermath of an international order disrupted, cars that once were nice to look at and had character have become bland, digitized extensions of the smartphone. I guess that’s just me editorializing, but bikes sure have changed too. This Rockhopper was originally equipped with a Shimano Uniglide cassette, decent but aging wheels, and a straight handlebar that was good for mountain biking back in the day but not so good for more relaxed city riding.
What we’re getting at is that we’ve changed this Rockhopper for the better. New wheels & tires, new Shimano 9-speed drivetrain parts, and comfortable Soma Oxford handlebars update the bike without it losing its character, like the BMW 5-series did. The bike’s got the same bar-end mounted shifters you’ll find on a touring bike, and plenty of options to add racks to turn it into a commuting or casual touring rig. And you sure can’t find this color scheme on a new bike.
Best suited for a rider in the 5’10” to 6’1″ range. Come by and take it for a spin!