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    1999 specialized Hardrock

    I'm looking a 1999 Hardrock for a trail ridding/comuting bike are they any good? They are asking $125.00 but I'm not sure if it's worth that much, but it's in great condition.

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    In good/great condition ready to ride the price seems right to me, just make sure it fits you. As a basic trail ride and commuter older MTB's are great bargains and will serve that purpose well.

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    For light trails and commuter riding, that's a great bike at a good price. I flip some vintage MTBs from time to time. $125 is a good price for that bike.
    Keep in mind, if you are planning on riding on technical single track, the rigid fork will beat you up on difficult terrain.
    If you are buying it, with a plan to upgrade later to a suspension fork, don't. I went that route and it wasn't worth it. Otherwise, I'd go with that bike.
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    I will be using the bike for light trail riding, mostly hard pack dirt roads, and a little touring the the backroads. I was thinking of a rack, and panniers to do some camping, NO technical trail ridding for me LOL I'm getting too old for that kind of thing.

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    I just bought my Girlfriend one to commute with, i payed 100 bucks on Craigslist. She just uses it to ride around her campus and stuff like that. I wouldnt push it much harder
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Law View Post
    I just bought my Girlfriend one to commute with, i payed 100 bucks on Craigslist. She just uses it to ride around her campus and stuff like that. I wouldnt push it much harder
    +1, Old Rigid fork, Brand name MTBs are outstanding college bikes. Sturdy, well made, can take abuse and they are not theft magnets. Good choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccobike View Post
    For light trails and commuter riding, that's a great bike at a good price. I flip some vintage MTBs from time to time. $125 is a good price for that bike.
    Keep in mind, if you are planning on riding on technical single track, the rigid fork will beat you up on difficult terrain.
    If you are buying it, with a plan to upgrade later to a suspension fork, don't. I went that route and it wasn't worth it. Otherwise, I'd go with that bike.
    Back when I was a young whippersnapper, we road technical single track all the time with rigid forks, and WE LIKED IT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capecodder View Post
    I will be using the bike for light trail riding, mostly hard pack dirt roads, and a little touring the the backroads. I was thinking of a rack, and panniers to do some camping, NO technical trail ridding for me LOL I'm getting too old for that kind of thing.
    This would be a great bike for your purposes. Pay no attention to the old man who just posted. I had a 1989 hardrock for 20 years, that started its life as primarily a mountain bike and aged gracefully into a great commuter/utility bike. If it's chainstay hadn't broken last year, I'd still be riding it.

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    We have two old Rockhoppers and one old Stumpjumper in our family. They're great for commuting and general recreational riding. I used to use my Stumpjumper for off-road riding. It beats you up to ride fast downhill on a rutted trail or road. The cantilever brakes made my hands ache on long descents. A couple years back I bought a newer Rockhopper frame and put a nice suspension fork on it. What a difference! Now small bumps are almost unnoticable, and fast descents on bumpy terrain are about half as jarring. The problem with one of our old Rockhoppers and the old Stumpjumper is that they have threaded, 1" stems. Finding good suspension forks is almost impossible.

    $125 is almost nothing. I spent twice that on a moderately-priced suspension fork on sale. I'd buy the bike and enjoy it. If you get into off-road riding and want to get something with a suspension, keep the Rockhopper for a commuter. In the meantime you'll have a solid, comfortable, dependable ride.

    P. S. I took my old Stumpjumper on a weekend tour once. It worked fine for that. My heels didn't bump the panniers, and I wear size 14 shoes! It was with an old Blackburn Mountain rack and some REI panniers.

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    Well, turns out he will not take less than 140 for the bike, I think that's a too much......

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    I had the same bike. I got it for $15 on c-list.
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    If the tires are relatively new, cables newish then $140 isn't a bad price for a Cromo frame(straight gauge) bike. If just the main frame is Cromo then $140 is a bit much. If the entire bike is cromo-$140 is OK if it fits you.

    Folks on bike forums tend to brag about the great deals they get-and many are flippers, so they only buy cheap.
    If you are looking for a decent bike $140 for full chrome moly frame is a fair price- if it fits well and you "like" it..
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    I still have my 99 HR Sport & still ride it as a commuter & to tow my son around on the tag-a-long with. I even competed in an adventure race with it last march. Fabulously strong bike. Is it worth $140? hard to say. That's your call. Worth @ least $100 - 120 anyway.

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    I had (have - it is hanging in the garage) a 1998 Spec HR and rode the living daylights out of it. Right now, it needs a new wheel, etc., and I replaced it with a 2010 Spec Rock Hopper with FS. The front suspension does nothing for me, but hard to get otherwise.

    I would pay $140 - I don't think that $15 haggle is worth the effort if the bike is in good shape.
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    $140 does sound like a bit much. You should be able to get more of a bike for that money on Craigslist, depending on your area.

    That said, I do love the older Specialized rigids. They are/were great solid bikes that could take anything you could throw at them.
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    It's a versatile bike that can last you a long long time. I'd say if it fits, buy it at $140. Maybe you could do a little better on price, with some luck maybe a lot better. But bike-for-dollar it's a great value.

    My Hardrock of that vintage has seen centuries, loaded touring, year-round commuting, trail riding, and grocery getting. Versatile, rugged, and comfortable.
    What is bicycle touring?
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