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Old 05-25-08, 08:55 PM   #1
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newbie just test rode this bike

I looking at buying a new bike and was curious if any else has one like this. The pro's and con's. It was 399.00. It road nice to me being a rookie. If there is a better deal out there let me know what you think.
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqu...model=Hardrock Sport
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Old 05-25-08, 09:06 PM   #2
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I looking at buying a new bike and was curious if any else has one like this. The pro's and con's. It was 399.00. It road nice to me being a rookie. If there is a better deal out there let me know what you think.
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqu...model=Hardrock Sport
I would suggest you to search "Hardrock" in search first. There are millions of these Hardrock threads. As a newb i posted alot of these too. It does get annoying for regulars. I bet I pissed off a lot of people
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Will do. Just wanted to see if anyone has bought one lately.
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Old 05-25-08, 09:22 PM   #4
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HARDROCK is a decent bike,

one of my ridin' buddies has one as his second bike,
The frame is nice and it's decently spec'ed for the price. It has a nice agressive feel to it also.
If it was a bigger frame I'd probably race the dang thing.
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Old 05-25-08, 09:22 PM   #5
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Will do. Just wanted to see if anyone has bought one lately.
Lots of people here have these. Apparently they are very good bikes and have very strong frames.
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Old 05-25-08, 09:30 PM   #6
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Failed to mention that the guy who owns the hardrock had a party today, I rode it all day long around his yard and stuff.
The tires grip well for stock tires, the fork, isn't topnotch, but I'll admit it actually works, and the adjustments work. I can bust wheelies on that bike and ride them very easily and far.
I wish I would have gotten the Hard rock instead of the trek I have.
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Personally, I don't think that you can do any better at that level.

I have a Spec'd Hardrock Comp Disc.
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Old 05-26-08, 07:17 AM   #8
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Now I have to decide what size 17 or 15. Disc or non disc model. The 17 does not give me much clearance when standing over the frame,but I wont be doing any hard core riding and I liked the 17 when I tested it out.
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get the 17 then. It's more comfortable for you?
You really dont need disk if your not riding agressive trails.
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Old 05-26-08, 10:55 AM   #10
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Get the disc brakes if you can. They fade less and stop better in wet conditions. The general rule of thumb is to spend as much as you can on a new bike so you can avoid having to replace or wanting to upgrade everything like the poster above me. (come on Cheeto, you know its true)
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BenLi has a good point, but hey, upgrading is fun!

I upgrade things as they break now. I still look around at parts and ask questions. I like to have the research before I have to break things.

If you havn't noticed I've settled down a bit.
But hey, thanks for pointing me out =)



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Get the frame that feel most comfortable. If you want the disk brakes then get them. But look at the other components as well. A lot of companies put cheaper parts on the bike to make up for the cost of the disks.
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Old 05-26-08, 11:37 AM   #12
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But hey, thanks for pointing me out =)
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Now I have to decide what size 17 or 15. Disc or non disc model. The 17 does not give me much clearance when standing over the frame,but I wont be doing any hard core riding and I liked the 17 when I tested it out.
How tall are you? At 5'7" with 30" inseam, I had a 17in Hardrock that I thought was a smidge big for aggressive trail riding. I just tested a 17" and 15" recently and I'd probably still go for the 17" just because it's more comfortable.
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Bottom line get the hardrock if you liked it on your test ride.

The hardrock is in general classified by most everyone as an all around decent bike. But as with any bike, personal riding preference being satisfied is a must.

As for sizing, I have had my 17" since i was 5'8'' and now im a little over 5'10'' and it still fits me fine. Also on a random side note 17'' seem to have the best resale since they're the average size, as opposed to 21'' which seem to sell a lot slower.

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Failed to mention that the guy who owns the hardrock had a party today, I rode it all day long around his yard and stuff.
The tires grip well for stock tires, the fork, isn't topnotch, but I'll admit it actually works, and the adjustments work. I can bust wheelies on that bike and ride them very easily and far.
I wish I would have gotten the Hard rock instead of the trek I have.
Busting wheelies at the party?? There's your answer...lol. Cheeto, the HardRocks are fine.
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I'm going to take another look at it. They had one with disc brakes for the same price. I saw an Ironhorse with disc brakes at another store the sales guy said it had some nice components for the money. Here it is. Which one is the best bang for the buck.http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...-_-null-_-null

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Here are the specs on the Iron Horse . Specialized Hardrock or Iron Horse which one ????Frame: 6061 Aluminum HardtailSeatpost: Alloy Micro AdjustStem: Alloy, 25.4mmCrankset: FSA Dyna Drive, 42/32/22T AlloyBottom Bracket: FSA Power DriveBrakes: Hayes MX4 Mechanical Disc w/ 6” rotorWheelset: Hubs: Alloy, QR 32H; Rims: WTB MTX 2.4 DiscChain: KMC Z-72Fork: Marzocchi MZ Comp, 100mm travelHandlebar: MTB Aluminum Riserbar, 620mm wide, 30mm rise, 25.4mm clamp diameterRear Shock: NATires: Ninja 26” x 2.10"Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-C050Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-M410Shifters: Shimano STM405Cassette: SRAM PG-830, 11-34T, 8-speedLevers: Tektro RS360AHeadset: Threadless Steel, 1 1/8”Pedals: Wellgo B-81 Alloy PlatformGrips/Tape: WTBSaddle: WTB Speed V Sport SE
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Ironhorses have decent specs for the price but often seem to be heavier than they should be--at least that's what I've noticed. My preference would be the hardrock disc.
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hardrock!
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I see lots of guys riding the new Hardrocks around here. They look to be a decent bike for the money.
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Old 05-29-08, 07:16 AM   #21
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Seems like the Hardrock gets the vote over the Ironhorse. I narrowed my search down between the Hardrock or Rockhopper now with or with out disc. I wish they made them in a 16" though. I'm getting closer to buying.
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