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    2008 Specialized Hardrock Comp Disc OR 2009 Norco Wolverine

    Hi guys, just joined the forum today. Nice to be among so many bike enthusiasts.

    I wanted to buy a bike for trail riding and from my research I have narrowed it down to a 2008 Specialized Hardrock Comp Disc or a 2009 Norco Wolverine. The Wolverine is more expensive by $130 Canadian. Advice would be greatly appreciated as this is my first bike purchase.

    Thanks in advance,

    Tony

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    well ive noticed alot of ppl around here get a hardon real quick for the hardrock, and its a real solid all round mountain bike, i also believe the comp disc is the top line hardrock.
    the wolverine is also a sweet bike but i think its more of a trail dirtjump bike.
    it all boils down to what ur using it for.
    if it is just trails and having fun id get the wolverine, but if ur also gonna use it to get around here and there, plus all that other fun stuff the hardrock would prolly be alot more comfy and i think its lighter (tho i could be wrong)

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    The norco is the better of the two bikes. Just compare the specs. If its was me id get the norco.

    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...Disc&Type=bike

    http://www.bikepedia.com/Quickbike/B...rine&Type=bike







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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterK View Post
    well ive noticed alot of ppl around here get a hardon real quick for the hardrock, and its a real solid all round mountain bike, i also believe the comp disc is the top line hardrock.
    the wolverine is also a sweet bike but i think its more of a trail dirtjump bike.
    it all boils down to what ur using it for.
    if it is just trails and having fun id get the wolverine, but if ur also gonna use it to get around here and there, plus all that other fun stuff the hardrock would prolly be alot more comfy and i think its lighter (tho i could be wrong)
    Thanks a lot for the response. The bike will be used mostly for trails and occasionally for mountain terrain. And from lifting them, I could tell that the hardrock was substantially lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duce97 View Post
    The norco is the better of the two bikes. Just compare the specs. If its was me id get the norco.

    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...Disc&Type=bike

    http://www.bikepedia.com/Quickbike/B...rine&Type=bike





    Thanks a lot for the quick response. My main concern with the wolverine is the wheels. I have read people bent them in their first month of riding. Also, will the hardrock surpass the wolverine if it is upgraded by $130 (additional money that I need to pay if purchasing the wolverine)? Thanks again,
    Tony

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    Well, I just went to greenfishsports.com and added a set of Sram X5 trigger shifters, X7 RD, PG970 cassette and chain for $150. That would be a good mid-range drive train from bikes costing around $1000. You might be able to get those cheaper on jensonusa.com or eBay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n00bL35 View Post
    Well, I just went to greenfishsports.com and added a set of Sram X5 trigger shifters, X7 RD, PG970 cassette and chain for $150. That would be a good mid-range drive train from bikes costing around $1000. You might be able to get those cheaper on jensonusa.com or eBay.
    Thanks for the suggestion. Are those the immediate parts that you recommend switching on the hardrock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony3000 View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion. Are those the immediate parts that you recommend switching on the hardrock?
    Probably. I currently have a low end Sram 8 speed drivetrain, and I don't like it. The shifters are poor and the feel of shifting isn't very direct. The only other thing I'd look at is a better quality fork like a RS Tora or Marz 22 LO 100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n00bL35 View Post
    Probably. I currently have a low end Sram 8 speed drivetrain, and I don't like it. The shifters are poor and the feel of shifting isn't very direct. The only other thing I'd look at is a better quality fork like a RS Tora or Marz 22 LO 100.
    Ok, thanks again.

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    I'd go with the wolverine, all the people bending wheels is probably just from a bunch of first time dirt jumpers casing everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ca7erham View Post
    I'd go with the wolverine, all the people bending wheels is probably just from a bunch of first time dirt jumpers casing everything.
    Thanks for the reply. Now I'm looking at a Cannondale F7 and I think I'm sold. Any suggestions on this one. Thanks again.

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