I've made a few changes to my 08' Hardrock and now I feel it is totally Clydeworthy. I lurked on here for quite awhile and from all I read it seemed like the 08' Hardrock would be a solid bike for someone my size (6' tall 350 lbs.) to start on. I have already started to add the bike rides as a component of my diet and exercise program. Also, I am 56 years old.
Below is my bike and some images of the changes I have made. Any comments, advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
2008 Specialized Hardrock Sport
I added this bag and rack. They are both made by Topeak. The bag slides on the rack in a track and it is expandable.
Showing how the bag expands to give you built-in panniers.
I replaced the stock fork with a Surly 1x1 rigid fork. The stock fork was unlockable and too soft for my weight, plus I only ride on pavement and smooth trails. Rigid seemed the way to go. I also changed the tires with some 26x2.0 Michelin XC Hard Terrains. They make a huge difference in the ride.
.........and just today I added a Cateye Strada wireless.