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Best Mountain Bike for Beginners — Specialized Rockhopper

The Specialized Rockhopper packs a lot of bang for the buck. A perfect ride, especially for entry-level mountain bikers, it delivers big performance that all can appreciate. Check out our four key reasons the Specialized Rockhopper gets our vote for ‘Best Mountain Bike for Beginners’ on the market today.

1. Quality.

“30+ years of never settling for ‘good enough’.~Specialized Bicycles
Since 1974 Specialized has been raising the bar in the bike industry with their quality-driven cycling innovations. Made for riders, by riders — Specialized delivers the highest-quality of bikes available today, like the Rockhopper!

Specialized Rockhopper Action Shot

2. Price.

On a budget but still want quality? The Rockhopper is YOUR bike. Choose between several different set-ups based on your riding needs, preferences, and desired investment.

Mountain Bikers riding the Specialized Rockhopper Mountain Bike

3. COMPONENTRY.

With 30+ years of experience, Specialized has arrived at a solid balance of value and performance with the Rockhopper. Let’s take a look at a few of the key features each model level offers:

Rockhopper Base:

Specialized Rockhopper Base Mountain Bike
  • Premium A1 Aluminum frame that’s lightweight and durable
  • Radius CX-7 disc brakes that help you feel confident braking whatever the conditions are like
  • Formula freehub and SunRace 8-speed cassette, both durable and work to keep your ride smooth
  • Rx Tune applied so the SAG (amount that your suspension settles under your own weight when you’re in the riding position) is set perfectly

Rockhopper Sport:

Specialized Rockhopper Sport Mountain Bike
  • Premium A1 Aluminum frame that’s lightweight and durable
  • Tektro’s M275 hydraulic disc brakes for powerful braking action
  • 2x Shimano Altus for stress-free shifting
  • Formula freehub and SunRace 9-speed cassette optimizes your performance and smooths out the bumps
  • Rx Tune applied so the SAG (amount that your suspension settles under your own weight when you’re in the riding position) is set perfectly

Rockhopper Comp:

Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er Hardtail Mountain Bike
  • Premium A1 Aluminum frame that’s lightweight and durable
  • Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes deliver refined power and intuitive feel
  • 1x MicroSHIFT drivetrain that offers plenty of range
  • Shimano dead-reliable hubs with 25-millimeter internal diameter and hookless Stout rims delivering strength, lightness, and durability
  • Rx Tune applied so the SAG (amount that your suspension settles under your own weight when you’re in the riding position) is set perfectly

Elite:

Specialized Rockhopper Elite Hardtail Mountain Bike
  • Premium A1 Aluminum frame that’s lightweight and durable
  • RockShox’s Judy SoloAir for massive air-sprung sensitivity and performance
  • Shimano’s 1×10 wide-range 10-speed Deore for easeful shifting so you can stay focused on the path ahead
  • Tubeless-ready rims and tires so you can explore your options as your skills advance
  • Rx Tune applied so the SAG (amount that your suspension settles under your own weight when you’re in the riding position) is set perfectly

Expert:

Specialized Rockhopper Expert Hardtail Mountain Bike
  • Premium A1 Aluminum frame that’s lightweight and durable
  • RockShox’s Judy SoloAir for massive air-sprung sensitivity and performance
  • SRAM’s ultra-wide-range SX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain so you can climb high and descend fast
  • Tubeless-ready rims and tires invite options for the rider ready for variety
  • Rx Tune applied so the SAG (amount that your suspension settles under your own weight when you’re in the riding position) is set perfectly

In addition to all the great components listed above, all of the Specialized Rockhoppers come equipped with optimal wheel sizes based on the frame size. This ensures the best fit and performance for every rider regardless of their measurements. Smaller sized bikes have 26″ wheels, middle = 27.5″ wheels, and larger = 29″ wheels.

It’s high-quality, affordable, features expert components and it’s got…

4. STYLE.

Specialized Rockhopper Mountain Bike

The Rockhopper’s appearance is sleek and simple, yet modern-looking at the same time. Hop on the color of your choice and let’s just say you’ll be looking fast before your foot even strikes the pedal.

It’s got it all!

The Rockhopper is a stand-out alongside similarly priced mountain bikes. There’s no other bike on the market today that can match it’s quality, price point, featured components, and stylish look. Whether you’re just starting out or a more advanced mountain biker on a budget – the Specialized Rockhopper will up your singletrack game and make you want to ride more!

Ready to hit the trails?

Shop our awesome selection of Specialized Rockhoppers online or swing by your local ERIK’S to take a Rockhopper on a test-ride today!