New buyer - thinking about a Specialized HardRock...
I am 6'4", and I know I need a larger frame, and this bike has a 23" frame option. I will be riding approximately 80% on pavement; so I want a good all around bike under $400.00. Any feedback is much appreciated. Thanks!!
I'm looking at that bike as well for mostly trail riding. I'm 6', 185. I haven't fitted one yet but for that price range, I've read many recommendations on that model.
Newbie Question - What's standover??
I had a friend who was 6'9 and he rode a 23" Schwinn. I'm 6'0 and ride a 19" Stumpjumper. I think you'd be better off with a 21" unless you have a 38" inseam. Go to you LBS and have them fit you properly.
Hard Rock is a great all-purpose bike. For mixed riding, get the shop to swap out those knobbly tyres for a slick, or mixed use tyre, which you can run at higher pressure. You will go faster on the road, but still cope with well prepped trails.
Standover: straddle the top tube, put both feet on the ground. There should be a fair amount of daylight between the top tube and your 'nads. 3-6" is usual for an MTB, but some riders have more.
Once you have safe standover clearance, the most important dimension is length. The top tube length and stem combine to set the reach from saddle to bars. You want a position which is comfortable, not too upright, not too stretched out. You also want to be able to position the height of the bars. Most experienced riders would have them 1-3" below the saddle, some aggressive cross-country racers would have them lower
Thanks for all the responses everyone! I have vistied a couple of shops and rode the HardRock Comp. I have decided that's the one I want. It looks like the 23" frame is best suited for me. I rode a 21", but both shops noted, I needed the 23".