The Rockhopper 2012 mountain bike riders want a light and capable mountain bike for cruising open fire roads, attacking a sweet stretch of flowy singletrack, or even the occasional weekend event. Since these riders are often enthusiasts looking to get more serious about mountain biking, they're concerned with quality, reliability, and performance, but also a good value.
Fully butted M4 alloy frame for lightweight confidence over the roughest trails. Custom-tuned SR Suntour 80 or 100mm-travel suspension fork with hydraulic damping, proprietary Spike Valve, lockout with lightweight magnesium lowers, and alloy steerer delivers the supple ride qualities of a high-end fork. Light and durable double-walled alloy rims are tough enough to handle the rough stuff. Specialized The Captain Sport tyres lend a perfect knob pattern for diverse conditions. SR Suntour replaceable-ring crankset uses Shimano's sealed cartridge bearing, Octalink-splined, BB interface for reliable power transfer and ease of service. Tektro Draco hydraulic disc brakes with dual pistons and forged callipers assure precision braking and durability. Shimano Alivio 9-speed rear derailleur and Rapidfire trigger shifters for reliable, high-end performance; Shimano 9-speed, 11-34t cassette offers gearing options for a variety of terrain types. Shimano 9-speed, 11-34t cassette offers gearing options for a variety of fitness levels.