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What model year is this Specialized Hard Rock?

Old 04-05-21, 05:58 PM
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What model year is this Specialized Hard Rock?

Just got it from a neighbor. She says early 90ís. Itís in pretty good shape - been stored in doors and not ridden since the late 90ís.

But I want to see if I can look up all the specs for it so I need to figure out what year it is. Iíve tried to find some old catalogues but havenít had much luck.

Note: itís a Hard Rock Sport

Its got an Alivio RD, Altus C50 FD, a Sakae XR100 crank, 3x7 gearing with grip shifters.
It says Direct Drive on the frame.

Hereís some pics maybe to help?





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Looks good: One lead is that my (aluminum) '97 Rockhopper is also equipped with GripShifters (which I love and also got on a second bike about 20 years later). Not sure what years Specialized might have used these.
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It looks to be from the later 80s what is the serial number?
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based on some google searches looks like a 1994 model.
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I think itís a 1994 Specialized Hardrock Sport .
I have what I think is a 1993 and itís one of my favorite frames .
Would love to find another at a reasonable price .
Iíve changed mine up a little

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Definitely 90's. That's the same style DD decal on the fork as my '94 Stumpy.
A good resource is Retrobike uk. They have a lot of Specialized catalogs uploaded.
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
It looks to be from the later 80s what is the serial number?
Tried finding a serial number decoder for specialized but google failed me. The serial is PY3L7763 - found under the BB.

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based on some google searches looks like a 1994 model.
That was my suspicion as well but pretty much all the pics I could find didnít have the Specialized logo big and spread out like this - they were all smaller and scrunched.

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Definitely 90's. That's the same style DD decal on the fork as my '94 Stumpy.
A good resource is Retrobike uk. They have a lot of Specialized catalogs uploaded.
Found that site and I looked through almost all the catalogs but came up empty. Couldnít find the logo matching like I mentioned above nor mention of the colorway.
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Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
Tried finding a serial number decoder for specialized but google failed me. The serial is PY3L7763 - found under the BB.

That was my suspicion as well but pretty much all the pics I could find didnít have the Specialized logo big and spread out like this - they were all smaller and scrunched.



Found that site and I looked through almost all the catalogs but came up empty. Couldnít find the logo matching like I mentioned above nor mention of the colorway.
Unfortunately IBD doesn't go back that far. Some older stuff they have but I don't think they input all the older stuff in it but usually I can find stuff from the 2000s at least.
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I found this not sure if the poster is sure its a 1994 or just thinks it is but it looks like yours
1994 Specialized Hardrock Sport

I also found a 1994 catalog that had the bike but in a different color scheme however below it was a picture of tubing from a different color of the same bike so its possible it came in two different colors that year. 1994 Small Catalog I see what you are saying about the blocky letters on the sport model.


this one looks almost identical but has blocky letters for the hardrock branding 1994 Hardrock Sport

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Originally Posted by carlosponti View Post
I found this not sure if the poster is sure its a 1994 or just thinks it is but it looks like yours
1994 Specialized Hardrock Sport

I also found a 1994 catalog that had the bike but in a different color scheme however below it was a picture of tubing from a different color of the same bike so its possible it came in two different colors that year. 1994 Small Catalog I see what you are saying about the blocky letters on the sport model.


this one looks almost identical but has blocky letters for the hardrock branding 1994 Hardrock Sport
Thanks for all that. Funnily enough, I found all the same stuff during my search as well - including the Flickr page lol.
I guess its possible they just changed the style of the Hard Rock decal at some point during production because everything else about the frame is a match. So I guess we'll go with it being a '94.

It's a 7 speed currently - if i want to update to a more modern 9 speed i need to get a new wheel right? This hub will only fit a 7 speed, correct?
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Most likely you'll need a new hub.
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measure the rear dropout make sure its a 135mm but they make prebuilt wheels for not a lot of money you can swap out for https://www.amazon.com/Wheel-Master-...7893468&sr=8-5
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Originally Posted by carlosponti View Post
measure the rear dropout make sure its a 135mm but they make prebuilt wheels for not a lot of money you can swap out for https://www.amazon.com/Wheel-Master-...7893468&sr=8-5
Yup its 135, was on of the first things I measure. 100 in the front.
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