When I first started reading this board, I grinned at the number of people who were seemingly big fans of the Hardrock. I grinned because the Hardrock was the first bike my wife ever rode. Waaaay back in 1988, we both bought mountain bikes; a Rockhopper for me and a Hardrock for her. The Hardrock was, at the time, Specialized lowest end bike. I assumed, based on the the number of pro-hardrock posts here, that Specialized now uses the name on a top bike.
"If they only knew how the Hardrock started!" I quipped.
So recently I checked out the Hardrock on the Specialized page. Uh...waa? It's still a very low end bike with some of the cheapest Shimano/generic components available. What's the hype for? Is it simply one of the better extreme-low-end MTB's available or am I missing something?