Because my brother ordered and bought the bike brand new in 1985. Anaheim Schwinn assisted him on the build and he went all-out. It lived most of its life hanging in various garages. Because the branding/decals were applied after the clearcoat, they faded away over the years. I have Schwinn Authorized replacement decals that accurately match the old pics he has of it. The only original sticker on the bike is a small "Made In Japan" near the bottom of the seat tube.Why 1985
Finally getting back to this. Since the drivetrain componentry is all Deerhead, the Sansin hubs are getting swapped out with 1985 Deerhead. While the rims are unlaced, the Ukai box rims are getting restored.
That's a good looking steedI bought a Rockhopper Comp back in 1988 when I used to be a bike mechanic. I had just been out in Aspen with my previous bike and decided it's frame was too big so I sold that and picked up this. I then got a new job shortly after and never rode in the mountains again... and in fact stopped riding bicycles due to a new found infatuation with motorcycles.
Years later I decided to set it up to ride on paved bike trails. The frame was a bit too small for that so I put a taller stem and bars on it, along with a bigger seat and a few other mods. It ended up looking like this
I didn't ride it much after that either. A couple yeaers ago I bought another project that was better suited for paved trails and decided to convert the Rockhopper back to an "offroad" bike, which really meant something to ride on the dirt trails around here.
Here it is in it's current form
I've ridden it on the local "mountain bike" trails once. I learned a lot of things, including it's still not the right size for me and I'm not in nearly the kind of shape I was 34 years ago.
That said I'd kinda like to buy a current Rockhopper and try those trails again...