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    MTB Project, is it worth it?? :50:

    The other day I found a mountain bike in front of someones house next to a pile of junk with a free sign on it which of course I had to rescue. Since the entire frame is sanded down and there are no decals left on it besides some 420 stickers someone slapped on there I have no way to identify the frame. It does have 26" tires which i believe are tubeless but I'm not %100 sure yet that say specialized on them, it also has front and rear disc brakes, shimano trigger shifters and a Gila t-7 fork.
    It is missing:
    cranks arms and sprocket
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    bolt for rear derailleur
    bots for rear disc brakes
    components for headset (bearings and shims?) I've only used threaded forks up to this point so im very new to this type of stem setup

    I Believe it is a specialized hardrock, it has the same frame shape
    Main question is can anyone help me identify this type of bike and would it be worth it in your opinion to invest money in it and try to restore it!

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    well, let's see. to get it running you'll need to install the stuff that is missing.

    brand new, basic parts will run you maybe $100-150 on ebay. you can certainly spent a whole lot more. if it's actually rideable at that point, of course $150 is worth it assuming that you have no MTB right now.

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    pictures, then we can assess the damage

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    ok so there should be some way to figure out what this thing is!
    Its pretty close to being a 2005 i think
    also ive tried manually turning the bottom spindle and it wont turn! It looks like whoever had this before me was trying to get the whole bottom bracket out so I want to replace that
    I need two bolts for the rear disc brake caliper that you can see in my hand
    I also need one bolt for that rear derailleur

    like I said i'm not very familiar with this type of frame setup
    my old purple 93 diamondback sorrento in the backround of that first pic had a square spindle unlike this star pattern one, it had a threaded fork, and it had an working crankset/spindle!

    also there is a pic of the forks RST gila plus-T7
    does anyone know if those are stock for this bike?
    they are adjustable
    im almost %100 certain it is a specialized hardrock since the frames and components are almost all the same, I just cant figure out the exact year since I have yet to see one with this brand shock

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    New headset, crank, pedals & cables, most of the rest of the bike is there.

    Would try a good LBS / co-op for the bolts for the caliper, although would check if you can get pads to see if they are worth keeping.

    The Sorrento in the background has had a major front end impact at some point, you can see the bend in the downtube, and the fork / front wheel angle is way off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
    $150 is worth it assuming that you have no MTB right now.
    I do have a 93 diamondback sorrento project which I have just about done but its a frankenstein bike as in only about 4 parts are original parts from the bike, I just really like the frame, Its pretty solid and I've rode it for hundreds of miles but Ive wanted disc brakes for a while as well as tuneable front suspension. The old diamondback is a hardtail also which I prefer since my riding usually involves alot of hill climbing.
    since it is already %99 sanded down I would prefer just to get all the components I need, finish removing everything and finish sanding it, paint it up and then install all my fresh hardware on there and have a sweet almost new bike, it seems like an easier task to do all that and have a pretty good used bike since it is almost impossible to find the components i need for the diamondback

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post

    The Sorrento in the background has had a major front end impact at some point
    haha yeah Ive fallen too many times to count on that thing due to me probably over riding it,
    I guess the real questions are
    what kind of crankset would work for that spindle?
    should i just get a new bottom bracket and spindle and base my crankset decision on that? and if so what kind or style would you recommend?
    I would like to keep it as durable as possible without spending an arm and a leg

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    It's a 2007, Hardrock Sport Disc.
    Dang, that's a nice find. Just an FYI, I had an 06 Hardrock Sport that I picked up as a frame and fork. The T6 Fork was a elastomer/spring mix. The elastomers in that fork were hardened when I bought it several years ago. Because it's a part spring fork, it feels like an incredibly firm fork, even when you open the adjustment, but it was just the elastomers solidifying. Check yours out before you plunk down a lot of $$ to build up the frame.
    For what it's worth, I used that 06 with a different fork as a spare. Shipped it to Framingham Mass where I rode it for a season while I worked on a contract job up there. It was very good for an entry level bike. I'll bet the BB is original and you can find out more about it on the SPecialized site archive.
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    wow that sorrento has some major frame damage...
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccobike View Post
    It's a 2007, Hardrock Sport Disc
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    Thanks man that helps alot!
    as far as the archives go is this what your talking about?
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...rtdisc26#specs
    it says "SR Suntour XCT, 8-speed, square taper spindle"
    is that just the newer sport disc model that has the square taper spindle or am i not looking in the right spot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by frantik View Post
    wow that sorrento has some major frame damage...
    I got it for free also a couple years ago but I always thought something was fishy about that frame bend haha

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    Yeah, that DB frame is toast. You could move the cranks and BB over from it to the Spec.
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    does anyone know what I would need as far as these fork spacers?
    and for the derailleur and rear brake bolts any ideas on where to find something like that? I've been scouring ebay for the last few days but maybe there are some easy ways of finding them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    You could move the cranks and BB over from it to the Spec.
    I was thinking about that but the cranks and sprocket on the diamondback are salvaged from a 93 performance m203 mtb and they are almost completely rusted through so i would rather just throw in the extra money to put towards new ones
    Ive never owned a brand new bike so i would like to put maybe 200 into this one and call it even until i can afford to get a brand spankin new one

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    Yeah, that DB frame is toast. You could move the cranks and BB over from it to the Spec.
    yeah might be worth a shot...
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    ive found the BB as well as most of the other parts thanks to roccobike 's suggestion
    http://www.specialized.com/gb/gb/bik...ddisc#features
    looked up just about everything and it looks like i should be spending about 150-175 for everything with about 10 hours of work to do, seems worth it at this point to me since the parts are less than i expected!

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