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Old 09-28-05, 10:04 PM   #1
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How much can the Hardrock do?

I'm thinking of getthe the Hardrock and I was wondering how well it handles stuff. How rough of a terrain can it handle? How big a drop? Also would it handle well in snow and slush during the winter?

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Old 09-28-05, 10:23 PM   #2
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Hardrocks can take some small drops, anything bigger than 8' and you should consider a more purpose built bike. Rough terrain depends on the rider, what's rough to you could equal an easy spin in the park to me.
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Old 09-28-05, 10:24 PM   #3
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My friend has a Hardrock Sport Disc. He is very happy with it. It's cheap, a good ride.

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- A1 Premium Aluminum, DT/HT 3D box gusset, forged dropouts with reinforced disc mount and eyelets, replaceable forged alloy derailleur hanger, disc only, designed for 100mm travel fork
FORK - RST Gilla Plus T5, 100mm travel, preload adjust, 30mm Cr-Mo stanchion and 1-1/8 steerer, coil/MCU spring
HEADSET - 1 1/8 threadless, sealed loose ball, alloy cap
STEM - Specialized Mobius, alloy, 10 degree rise
HANDLEBARS - Alloy, 38mm rise, 9 degree sweep
TAPE / GRIPS -Specialized double density Kraton
FRONT BRAKE - Tektro IO mechanical disc, 6" rotor
REAR BRAKE - Tektro IO mechanical disc, 6" rotor
BRAKE LEVERS - Shimano Altus
FRONT DERAILLEUR - Shimano Acera, 31.8mm clamp, bottom pull
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CASSETTE - Shimano HG-50, 8-speed, 11x32t
CHAIN - Shimano IG-31
CRANKSET - Truvativ X-Flow, alloy, capless bolts
CHAINRINGS - 42t Cr-Mo x 32t heat-treated Cr-Mo x 22t heat-treated Cr-Mo
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Stand Over Height 27.4" 28.7" 30.2" 31.4" 32.7" 34.6"
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thanks for the specs, with the 06's out, how much can i expect to get the hardrock sport 05 for at my LBS?

also how big a flight of stairs could it handle?
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Well I have a 1999-2000 hardrock comp. I haven't used this bike too much, an ocassional ride every month or so. I have recently gotten back into more serious riding. I took it to some ATV trails with my friend and I bent the cassette. Its mainly because I hit it on a few logs and took one nasty fall with it. Its also probably the fact that my bike is pushing 7 years old. I'm looking for a new bike, I won't be getting a hardrock. But mine has served me well. My sister has a Trek 4300, it rides nice, I like it a little more than the hardrock. Either one would be fine, but I may like hers more because its only 1 year old.
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anything bigger than 8'
You mean 8", right - as in INCHES??!!!!! No stock (or even modded) Hardrock is going to be OK after an 8 foot drop.
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The main problem with the lower end mountain bikes is their forks. The seals and bushings just aren't as well made, so they wear out a lot faster. If you take the bike through mud or wet stuff, it's going to get in the fork and chew up the insides. The hardrock isn't really worth buying a new fork for.
Why not buy something used? I picked up a Stumpjumper second hand. The fork had seen much better days, and didn't have many left. The frame was in good shape though, and it was a nice frame, so I bought a new fork for it. I ended up with a high quality hardtail for less than $500.
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You mean 8", right - as in INCHES??!!!!! No stock (or even modded) Hardrock is going to be OK after an 8 foot drop.
More than likely.
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I don't know, but my Hardrock's taken a few 7 foot drops and it's fine, although generally I only do 4 footers, max. It handles rough terrain nicely and overall, good bike for the price.
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