50cm Specialized HardRock c.1987 Vintage American Mountain Bike

✓ Original vintage bike - built in the 1980s
✓ Professionally stripped, cleaned & fully serviced
✓ Worldwide shipping

Specialized began in the mid 70s when Mike Sinyard began importing hard to find Italian bike parts into the USA, their first branded product was a touring tyre and their first bike range in 1981 included a touring bike, a road bike and the first production mountain bike, the StumpJumper. Being first to mass produce the MTB proved to be a master stroke and the business grew rapidly as the niche sport came to dominate worldwide cycle sales through the 80s and 90s. As one of the first companies to mass produce and develop carbon fibre as a frame material, Specialized began to dominate the road market too, their successes across road, MTB and Cross racing is unparalleled.

Introduced in 1987, the HardRock was Specialized's foray into the entry level mountain bike market. Having been the first brand to mass produce mountain bikes they went on to lead the race scene with the StumpJumper Team and then offered the more affordable range of RockHopper bikes, and the HardRock used the DNA from these bikes at a lower price point. With frames made to their design and some Specialized branded parts made in Taiwan rather than Japan to keep the cost down, the HardRock sold extremely well and is still a staple of the Specialized MTB line-up now.

This 1987 HardRock is almost entirely original apart from a newer (but still retro!) pair of Panaracer skinwall tyres. The frame is made in Taiwan and was designed to be competent off road and comfortable on, with a slightly longer wheelbase than the hugely popular StumpJumper. With a number of Specialized branded parts, and a Suntour Accushift indexed groupset this was a really nicely specced bike for the money back in 1987 and holds it own as a do-it-all bike or 26" wheel tourer now.

The bike's been fully dis-assembled and professionally re-built by one of our mechanics. The frame's straight and true, and everything's been carefully cleaned and re-lubricated where necessary. If there are any minor issues worth noting we will do so in the overview section below. Please take a good look at the detailed photos so you can see the cosmetic condition of the bike before you buy.


Condition Notes - Saddle cover has come away and is difficult to glue back down, a different saddle can be supplied but as this is the original one it'd be a shame not to keep it on.
Era - 1980s
Country - American
Frame Material - Steel
Tubing - Custom Gauge CrMo
Weight - 12.933 kg
Stock Code - U-GB-M1V


Size Guide* - N/A
Seat Tube (ctc) - 50 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 57 cm
Head Tube - 109 mm
Standover - 77.5 cm
Chainstay Length - 44.5 cm
Wheelbase - 107.5 cm

*This is just a guide, not a guarantee the bike will fit as every rider is different. If you're unsure of your size we'd always recommend trying out a bike with similar frame measurements first.


Brakes - Dia-Compe 983 Cantilever Front / Shimano Deore BR-MT61 U-Brake Rear
Brake Levers - Unbranded Suntour XC Style
Chainset - Sugino MP - 48/38/28 - 175 mm
Shifters - Suntour 7000 XC Sport Thumbshifters
Rear Derailleur - Suntour 7000 XC Sport
Front Derailleur - Suntour 7000 XC Sport
Sprockets - Shimano MF-TZ - 6 Speed - 14-28
Chain - Shimano HG
Pedals (if included) - HTI Resin
Bottom Bracket - Shimano
Hubs - Sansin SE
Rims - Araya
Tyres - Panaracer Smoke / Dart - 26 x 2.1"
Headset - Tange Seiki
Handlebars - Unbranded Steel Riser Bar (Painted) - 62 cm Wide
Stem - Kalloy - 90 mm Extension
Saddle - Specialized
Seatpost - Kalloy - 26.4 mm


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