Hi guys. I'm in a bit of a dilemma here so I'd really appreciate some input.
I have three bikes right now - two not so great ones that I never use, and one KHS FXT Trail in excellent condition. (For those of you who donít know off the top of your head, the KHS is a poor quality full suspension bike.) I use the KHS the most.
I want to get a better quality bike, but donít want to spend too much money now (say, on a good FS). So, Iím looking into trading in all three bikes for a Specialized Hardrock. Iím sure it wonít be a straight trade, and that Iíll have to pay some extra cash on top of that. Does this sound like a good idea?
One more thing, I messed up my tailbone a few years back cause of a really bad landing on a hardtail. Thatís when I switched to the KHS. Maybe getting the Hardrock would be kinda painful for me? I havenít ridden a hardtail in a while and forget if they are a really rough ride on trails or not..
You will most likely pay the MSRP of $390 USD . . . unless you are lucky enough to find a last-year's model in your size (unlikely now). Bike shops for the most part do not discount as a matter of routine like other retailers.
Strength should not suffer. Design is very different to lower the standover significantly. If you have very 'female' proportions (longer legs/shorter torso) you may find the women's-specific design more suited to you. They tend to have a slightly shorter top tube length for the size of frame. Only way to know is to try both in person.
EDIT=Case in point: Regular HR Sport in 17" has a 590mm effective TT length; women's model is 575mm.