XXL Hardrock riders?
Does anyone here have an XXL size Specialized Hardrock? How does it fit you? I'm 6' 4" and the dealer only had an XL size. The seat went high enough to fit, but then the bars were 2" lower than the seat. I would prefer to have them at least level with the seat, if not higher. Is the XXL size have the bars any higher?
I ride a 23" Rockhopper, which I believe corresponds to XXL. However, I wouldn't buy a bike based on the handlebar to seat relative position - both those components can be adjusted through saddle height and/or stem rise or stem spacers.
Get the frame that best fits you for standover height and for comfort - then fine tune your bars/saddle.
"Do, or do not - there is no 'try'."
You could ask the dealer to try a taller stem or riser bar. Maybe they could try a fork with an uncut steerer tube and some spacers, try to find the right fit for you.
They offered to swap out the stem or bars on the XL bike for free. It felt good otherwise. I was also looking at Treks that had higher bars that felt comfortable, but when I rode one it just seemed kind of bland compared to the Hardrock which felt more lively.