im looking to pick this bike up and was wondering how much abuse it can take. will i be able to ride this on the trails with out having to worry to much about it coming apart. keep in mind as well that im a good 230 pounds.
also should i get the look into getting the disc version of this bike to help with stopping power or would the regular version be fine.
First of all, Hello to a fellow Michigander
It will be fine for you doing XC riding.
I dont own a bike with disc brakes so I cant comment there. BUT Im about 260lbs and V brakes, properly setup, stop me just fine.
I picked up a Sport Disc about two weeks ago and have been beating the sh*t out of it ever since (I'm 260 for now). It's been holding up very well to what I've been able to dish out. Fast, rocky, rough terrain. Only had it suspended about 18 inches so far.
Even at my weight, the brakes can almost throw me over the bars at speed if I'm not careful.
The Hardrock is an entry level blend of a cross country and freeride bike. Of all the entry level bikes out there, the Hardrock is renowned as having the toughest frame.
The need for disc brakes comes from riding through snotty terrain. However, riding through sandy terrain can also greatly accelerate the wear on rims. If you do decide to buy discs, prepare to spend at least $600 on the bike as lower level disc models sacrifice on other components to get the discs in. The Hardrock Comp disc is decently equipped. It could use Deore shifters instead of Alivios.
For the cost of upgrading Shimano shifters and levers, you could probably just switch the thing over to SRAM/Avid.