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Originally Posted by ruirui
please enlighten me... i'm stomped! both of them seem to be good deals. are both frames equal? i'm going to do some trails and small jumps here and there.
As far as frame quality goes, yes they are equal. As far as components go, the Rockhopper has slightly better components but to be honest, I'm not sure you will notice the difference other than the fact that your wallet is now $100 lighter. Based on those two things, I'd go for the HardRock.
You probably want to have a close look at the geometries. The Rockhopper is set up with a shorter top-tube but longer stem. It also has a shorter headtube and wheelbase. The fork offset is shorter too. This says to me that it's a tighter frame and probably meant for more aggressive riding. You'll want to consider that I think more than anything else. The HardRock's geometry is conducive to a slightly more upright position.