I'm light and would like the lightest hardtail I can get for around 500 bucks. Any suggestions? LBS has base model Rockhoper on sale for $399. Seems like a good deal but dont know how heavy it is in that price range of 500.
The rock hopper isnt light. The Hard rock is lighter then the rock hopper IMO from a side by side pick up and judge test not a scale.
My girl got an iron horse warrior comp after testing riding the two mentioned above, the iron horse is lighter then both mentioned above with better wheels, disc brakes, and better derailers/shifters...for under $500.
The only advantage that the specialized bikes had was lifetime frame warranty...but we werent worried about that as she doesnt hammer her equipment.
buy a dirt-cheap track bike. sure, it sucks for off-roading, but hey, it's light, right?
honestly, though, I don't get what the big deal is about weight saving. Sure, heavier bikes suck for hill-climbing, but the same thing is said for heavy people. I, like many others, could stand to lose 20 pounds. I lose that, and it's like I don't even have a bike anymore.
unless you have no weight to lose, get a bike with good components and be happy about it, and forget about weight.