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    I am 6'5 and need a bike!

    First of all, I only want to spend around $350. I was thinking of getting a Specialized Hardrock Sport. It is $330 MSRP and the frame goes all the way up to XXL 24"! I weigh about 250 lbs. I'm a big boy

    I only do light trail riding and I will be riding this to work everyday. (curbs, stairs, etc...) It is only about 2-3 miles.

    Is this the right bike for me?


    Thank you!

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    Nothing wrong with a Specialized HR.

    It was my beginning bike, I weighed about what you weigh, it now has 8,000 miles on it. I did replace one bottom bracket (it started making a noise) and the chain, chain ring and cassette along the way - mostly because I did not watch my chain wear and replace the chain early enough. I now check for chain wear regularly, and replace the chain before damaging the CR and Cassettte.

    Not bad for an initial cost of about $300. I still ride it 6 years later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox
    Nothing wrong with a Specialized HR.

    It was my beginning bike, I weighed about what you weigh, it now has 8,000 miles on it. I did replace one bottom bracket (it started making a noise) and the chain, chain ring and cassette along the way - mostly because I did not watch my chain wear and replace the chain early enough. I now check for chain wear regularly, and replace the chain before damaging the CR and Cassettte.

    Not bad for an initial cost of about $300. I still ride it 6 years later.
    Sweet thanks man! Looks like I'm gonna get it.

    Is the bike ready for a disc brake upgrade?

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    not a good idea... a big man like you needs him a good wheel!

    cheap mtb = cheap wheelset... plus, you'd need a disc-specific hub anyways, even if the bike frame & fork has disc mounts.

    i guess the bike itself would be fine--i dont see why not--but just ask for an upgrade for stronger, 36 spoke, 3x laced wheels

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    I ride a HR sport, im 175lb, and it holds me up fine, excellent bike for the money

    I spent the extra bit of money and got a HR sport disc, which was pointless really cos i upgraded to magura Julie brakes anyway...

    For the money, and excellent bike. Make sure you give it a good test ride before you buy it, and make sure its the right size

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    Quote Originally Posted by redfooj
    not a good idea... a big man like you needs him a good wheel!

    cheap mtb = cheap wheelset... plus, you'd need a disc-specific hub anyways, even if the bike frame & fork has disc mounts.

    i guess the bike itself would be fine--i dont see why not--but just ask for an upgrade for stronger, 36 spoke, 3x laced wheels
    Ditto on the wheelset. A set of Sun Rhynolites laced to deore hubs should be a good wheelset. You can find them on online store for pretty cheap.
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    Get it as is. Ride it and ride it hard. Replace the wheels if and when they get destroyed.

    Welcome to the sport!

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    A friend of mine just bought a Hardrock. Its a strong frame with good-enough components. The wheels were pretty much as you expect in this price range, they need a shop tune-up, and are probably OK, but you could do better.
    If you can afford it, I would recomend swapping them for 36 hole wheels, for extra reliability. If you can find a good shop with a professional wheelbuilder, then that is the way to go for a set of commuter (ie not lightweight) wheels. Otherwise, use the wheels as they are.

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    i'm 5'9" 230 i have the HR 2003 pro everything is stock except a poor choice in forks (rock shox pilots ) but thats the only change i've made and i ride some really ruff terrain .

    i like it so much i bought my wife one

    in other words go for it
    you mean this is'n the top of the hill

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    hey guys, thanks for the input!

    I went to my local bike shops today. Each one sells different bikes, Kona, Specialized, Haro and Trek.

    *The specialized store said that the specialized bikes were out of stock. I couldn't get one for another couple months.

    *The Kona bikes are very nice, but way out of my price range.

    *Then I stumbled into the Trek store. In there was a $475 Trek 4500 and a 24" frame. I think I will go for this one. I can put money down on it and save it is what he said.

    What do you guys think about this plan? (trek 4500 for $475)


    Thanks

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    I'm not a big fan of Trek how about a Specialized Rockhopper for abut $440? Also see The $500 bike thread seeing as how you're starting to play in that ball park

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    Im not a great fan of Trek either, not sure why... :S I think its just one of those things lol....

    Its definatly worth spending your money on a better bike, the TREK's are ok though...

    Have a good look around

    Cheers

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    I am also not a big fan of Trek products. Don't really know why. They make a good bike. I guess it must have been some wierd non-related to Trek incident with a shop in town that was one of their dealers.

    They pissed me off, and I guess I always related this bad experience to Trek bikes. That or their paint jobs just turn me off. I do support their involvement with LA and that crazy road race over there in France.

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    as to the size thing, im almost 6'3 and im loving my short frame P.3!

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