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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 02-24-14, 09:16 PM   #1
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specialized hardrock 29er

Hey guys we have some pretty flat gravel trails here. My Giant Sedona has some narrow 120psi tires and is not very pleasant to ride on anything but flat asphault. So ive been eyeballing a specialized hard rock 29er mechanical disc. Its $580. I have some extra tax coinage and might pull the trigger. My question is whats everyones opinion on this bike? Im a mjor heavyweight 380#+ think anything on here wont hold up? Ive put probably 4-500mi on the sedona with no issues.
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Old 02-24-14, 09:35 PM   #2
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Mechanical lock out on the fork? It looks like at least some of them do...

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Yep it does lock out. Also how does this compare to the felt 7eighty? They dont have a felt in stock but I could maybe get them to get one in. I havent been on a bikenin over a year byt am getting the itch something fierce
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Hey guys we have some pretty flat gravel trails here. My Giant Sedona has some narrow 120psi tires and is not very pleasant to ride on anything but flat asphault. So ive been eyeballing a specialized hard rock 29er mechanical disc. Its $580. I have some extra tax coinage and might pull the trigger. My question is whats everyones opinion on this bike? Im a mjor heavyweight 380#+ think anything on here wont hold up? Ive put probably 4-500mi on the sedona with no issues.
I have the 2010 singlespeed version with a NINER carbon rigid fork, Easton Haven seat post, Niner RDO carbon bars n stem , SLX cranks with hand built wheelset. Awesome bike for little $$$$ Good frame to upgrade the parts on as you go, I started from a $150 frame off craigslist and built to my specs. I'd suggest running 2.25 to 2.35 tires for more volume and comfort.


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I just bought two of these, Hardrock 29er, last Christmas. Each of my boys, ages 11 & 13, got the version with hydraulic brakes. They ride them everywhere from the roads, local orchards, and out on some real single track. They are perfect for you intended use. The Fast Trak 2.0 tires they come with roll nicely on the road and on hardpack, but they lack grip when the terrain gets loose. I will be switching these out to Ground Control 2.3 for them when I can afford it.

I have both a hardtail, Stumpjumper Comp HT, and full suspension, Stumpjumper Elite FSR, mountain bike. I prefer to ride my hardtail in conditions like you are describing. There is no need for the added weight of rear suspension. I love to go out and ride 25 miles through the local almond orchards on my hardtail.
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I have a HardRock 29er. I think that it is a 2009. I like it. I don't ride it off road enough though. It has held up fine for me. I'm 6'4" and around 260 when I bought it. Its a little heavy as you would expect. The front fork on mine does lock out. The rear wheel has been replaced due to too many spokes breaking but that was after 4 years of riding.

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Welp I picked the two bikes up today. (My sedona was in for some work) so I left with both. Not bad out the door $540 with a kickstand


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Welp I picked the two bikes up today. (My sedona was in for some work) so I left with both. Not bad out the door $540 with a kickstand


I've paid a LOT more for bikes that didn't have a kickstand....


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I've paid a LOT more for bikes that didn't have a kickstand....


Well you obviously got ripped off lol , they gave me the kickstand. I just mentioned it because the lbs I used to go to charged me 12 more just to get one.
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I've paid a LOT more for bikes that didn't have a kickstand....


That reminds me of the time I was picking up an old schwinn varsity for $35 dollars. The people just gave me this other road bike since it was so cheap it didn't even have a kick stand. The bike they gave me was a miyata 610...

Great purchase. I started mtbing with a hard rock, IMO it is the greatest entry level mtb you can buy. Ride the crap out of it :thumbsup:
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