I bought this complete bike from a dude for $50. He had it set up as a single-speed, but since I’ve had it I’ve run it fixed. He threw in a 29″ rigid fork with it too, claiming the rear had clearance enough to run a 29″. I’ve never tested that theory. He told me it was an old Specialized Rockhopper, and from what I’ve been able to deduce, he’s correct. It’s old enough that it has the rear brake posts on the undersides of the chainstays from back when that was all the rage.
The parts on it are pretty much what came on it when I bought it, I think I swapped the tires and saddle. I also changed the crank/chainring, used a half-link to get the chain tension right since it doesn’t have horizontal drop outs, and converted the rear hub to fixed with the use of a Surly Fixxer. Of course I also added a Boba Fett Handlebar Mojo I crafted from a Pez dispenser top and an old reflector clip.
It is so much fun to ride. If you’ve never ridden a fixed gear MTB, I highly suggest you try it – as you can see here, you need not spend a lot of coin to give it a go.
This bike has seen nasty mud and rain, snow and I’ve never done a thing to it. It simply, is.
It’s also proved to be a great townie/pub crawler as most people look at it and think it’s junk or unrideable, and indeed if someone tried to jump on and steal it, they’d probably find it to be just that.
I will never run it as anything other than fixed, because I believe quite simply, if I tried, the bike would kick my ass.