The Rockhopper Expert 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. 80 or 100mm-travel RockShox XC30 29'' fork with external rebound/preload adjust for quick fine-tuning and lockout to minimize bobbing on long climbs. Light and durable double-walled 29'' alloy rims are tough enough to handle the rough stuff. Specialized The Captain Control all-terrain tyres are 2Bliss ready and built for speed on the trail. Shimano crankset with forged alloy arms and Octalink-splined BB interface means greater durability and better shifting performance; sealed cartridge bearing BB is reliable and easy to service. Shimano SLX Shadow 9-speed rear derailleur and Rapidfire trigger shifters for reliable, high-end performance; Shadow technology affords additional trail clearance. Shimano 9-speed, 11-34t cassette offers gearing options for a variety of fitness levels. Shimano dual-piston hydraulic disc brakes assure solid, worry-free braking performance under any conditions.