I'm very new to MTB. I used to do a lot of road riding, but moving out of the city and into the boondocks of the desert forced me to get a MTB. Now I have found out what I have been missing. What a blast. Here's my question. I bought the high end of the Hardrock and I like it. But reviews I've read said it's a recreation bike. I'm having a bit of regret and wished I would have spent a $150 more and gotten the next class up Rockhopper. Now I'm not going to get all crazy and do fast downhill and gnarly jumps, but I do want to dedicate myself to singletrack riding. Did I get a bike that is not up to the task? The details of this bike make it sound like it's a commuter that can handle a dirt road form time to time. Screw that. I want to get on some trails. Keep in mind I'm hitting 40 years old this year so I'm not trying to get myself wrecked up. What's your opinions on this bike. Can it handle my singletrack ambitions? Or is it a good enough platform to upgrade into a more versatile machine that can handle some sketchy trails? Thanks for the input!
This is what I got. Specialized Bicycle Components