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Old 03-17-13, 07:25 PM   #1
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HELP? Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 2013 Mountain Bike?

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I've rode bikes since I was around 6, started BMX at 9, finished at 15 (17 now) You know when you just need to upgrade to something with much more adrenaline?

So, I've been looking into Mountain bikes! I want to do Down hill, Trails and typically quite rough terrains. And Road use, as I'll be using it to ride to work. I hate bussing.
my budget is 700, I know it's low. But so is my salary (lol)

Is the SPECIALIZED HARDROCK SPORT DISC 2013 a good bike to start with? I obviously won't be hitting big trails and rough terrain right away, but at 500 I still have 200 left over for minor upgrades and some clothing. Please help guys, my head hurts from thinking to much lol
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Old 03-17-13, 08:00 PM   #2
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Hardrock's a fine starter bike. The only catch is if you're talking about lift-serviced downhill rather than just riding "downhill" on trails, rent a bike when you go. You won't find anything in an entry level price range that's all that appropriate for actual downhill, and anything good for downhill will be less than ideal for regular trail riding, and will just plain suck on the road. Plus, as a former BMX guy, you'll probably appreciate the response of a hardtail, at least for now (once you're hooked and have a bigger budget to play with, you can learn the joys of full suspension ).

Don't buy the bike planning to upgrade it right away though. That's not cost-efficient. Buy the best bike you can and then upgrade things as stuff breaks.
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Old 03-17-13, 08:18 PM   #3
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Hardrock's a fine starter bike. The only catch is if you're talking about lift-serviced downhill rather than just riding "downhill" on trails, rent a bike when you go. You won't find anything in an entry level price range that's all that appropriate for actual downhill, and anything good for downhill will be less than ideal for regular trail riding, and will just plain suck on the road. Plus, as a former BMX guy, you'll probably appreciate the response of a hardtail, at least for now (once you're hooked and have a bigger budget to play with, you can learn the joys of full suspension ).

Don't buy the bike planning to upgrade it right away though. That's not cost-efficient. Buy the best bike you can and then upgrade things as stuff breaks.
I'll just be riding down hill then going else where lol, Just something what can handle some slightly rough terrains really. I'm not to Keen on Hard tails to be honest! Riding a BMX was always a pain

Thanks for your comment, man!
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hey.
Is the specialized hardrock sport disc 2013 a good bike to start with?
yes.
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Old 03-18-13, 03:51 PM   #5
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Ditto (yes, I am a provencial putz) what Zephyr11 and roccobike said. I got into mountain biking last year with a Hardrock Sport Disc 26".....it's a good starting point bike but not a great bike. Took the CORBA mountain biking skills class last summer as was pleased at how the bike performed as well as learning some great skills and pearls of wisdom from the instructors. For an older geezer like me, I'll ge 61 in May, the bike performs as well as I need. I usually ride roads to the local trailhead and then back via road to the house. The bike works well in both situations. It's OK for putzing around town but my old Raleigh DL1 is much better for urban/suburban road riding. LBS' will usually have special pricing for in-stock or floor models so shopping around and asking for a better price is key....the worst you'll get is a "no". Test ride, buy and enjoy whatever bike you do get. PG.
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specialized is okay, have had lots of them over time. If it were me, I would look for a used stumpjumper thats is good condition. You will spend the same amount of money
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