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    07 Hardrock for touring

    Hola. i just found a new 07 Hardrock for sale for $300. If i swap out the fork for a rigid, could this bike readily be converted into a all around touring bike??? i have been looking for an older one to no avail. Thanks.
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    I am almost done converting my 03HR, $250 got me Chromolly Fork, new cassette, Nashbar Trekking Bar, a customized luggage rack that keeps my Panniers away from my heels, and a Terry Touring Seat, and a cool new computer with a back lit display and Tachometer,,(Redneck for Cadence),,,,,,,,,,
    OH and SKS fenders,,,,,,,rides wonderful, built to haul and is comfy, I will post a pic when I get my seat on.

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    should work alright. It's not the geometry that I'm looking for in a touring bike, but I've seen people tour on similar rides. If you are planning on swapping the fork, I'd look for a fork with midfork brazeons.
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    I put around 900 miles on my converted steel Mountain Bike this summer, longest day 80 miles no problem and I'm the big 6-0 y.o.

    I have the opposite problem though, around 100 miles of my traveling with a load has been off pavement and I really, really want a suspension fork on it for the dirt roads now. Without suspension the rough stuff is very slow and uncomfortable.

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    When I put that fork on I first noticed how much smoother the asphalt was, but as soon as I hit a speed bump I noticed that too.
    Big difference come when I loaded weight on the bike, it then rides so smooth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psycho d View Post
    Hola. i just found a new 07 Hardrock for sale for $300. If i swap out the fork for a rigid, could this bike readily be converted into a all around touring bike??? i have been looking for an older one to no avail. Thanks.
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    First, $300 sounds like a good price. I'd go for it, but you may spend more than you expect converting it.

    Second, my most useful bike is a older Hardrock, with rigid forks, and 1.5" city tires. I think it would make a great touring bike. I hauled 20lbs of brick mortar mix today on the rear rack. It handles rear loads much better than my touring bike.

    Third, I spent some time on cl last night. These old mt. bikes are plentiful. I think you could probably find one, given enough time. I saw one or two for a $100 that I would have jumped on if I didn't already have six bikes. My hardrock cost $60, from someone who never rode it. It was in great shape. I just had to add a rack, a better saddle, and change the tires. Oh yeah, and bar-ends. I'd highly recommend those if you keep the straight bar. And get the curved ones for another riding position.

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    I love to ride mine and it didn't cost much to convert it, I mean like most things you gotta buy anyway.


    My front der needs attn,,,, I am thing of the SRAM X7,,, any comments,?????
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    Can you lock the front suspension? If so you won't need a new fork.

    Also check the chainstay length to make sure you will have enough heel clearance. Otherwise it should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nycycle View Post
    I love to ride mine and it didn't cost much to convert it, I mean like most things you gotta buy anyway.


    My front der needs attn,,,, I am thing of the SRAM X7,,, any comments,?????
    SRAM X.7 is a good bet for durability and economy. Any lower than that and the materials SRAM uses degrade quickly. Yes, you can get by with lower, but an X.7 drivetrain is going to be more reliable. X.9 more reliable than that, but more expensive. X.0, just too expensive and actually less reliable because of more exotic materials used (carbon, titanium, etc)
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    Thanks for the heads up ZeCanon, I will be picking one out this week I hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe View Post
    Can you lock the front suspension? If so you won't need a new fork.

    Also check the chainstay length to make sure you will have enough heel clearance. Otherwise it should be fine.

    There are two advantages to the Chromolly fork
    1 Much less weight
    2 Rides way smoother on asphalt

    I had to do a custom job on my luggage rack as my heals did hit.
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