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Old 05-16-07, 08:35 PM
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Hardrock or Trek 4300?

I went to the biike shop today. Basically told the guy I was interested in street and maybe some light trails. Tried to shift me toward a Navigator but from what I have read on this helpful forum, Navigators aren't the best option and MBs can do it all with the right tire. At any rate I asked him about the Specialized and he said that it is much more geared toward trails then the 4300? Seems wierd. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-16-07, 08:38 PM
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the hardrock and the 4300 are probably equal starting grounds...perhaps your bike dealer has more hardrocks in stock
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I believe both run about the same price. Which one do you like? Which one feels
best to you? Get the one YOU want and put a different set of tires on it for the
street and go for it.

I purchased a Hardrock Sport Disk a couple of months ago and have been riding
the crap out of it on some tough trails and it is performing great. Absolutely no
complaints yet.

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I don't know the component comparison off the top of my head but I would ride both and see what feels best for you. I believe the Hardrock frames tend to be a bit beefier than the 4300, especially around where the headtube, top tube and bottom tube meet up. I rode a 4300 and did primarily XC and it worked out great. I don't know what fork is on it these days, but mine tended to predict the weather. That is, the colder it is, the more rigid it got. I don't expect a bottom line fork to be amazing but for price comparison, a friend's Giant Rincon's fork never misbehaved.
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4300 gets my vote. My buddy and I bought our bikes around the same time, his a hardrock and me a 4300. His hardrock is a friggon tank I think, heavy and feels weird to me.
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Originally Posted by Nickel
I don't know the component comparison off the top of my head but I would ride both and see what feels best for you. I believe the Hardrock frames tend to be a bit beefier than the 4300, especially around where the headtube, top tube and bottom tube meet up. I rode a 4300 and did primarily XC and it worked out great. I don't know what fork is on it these days, but mine tended to predict the weather. That is, the colder it is, the more rigid it got. I don't expect a bottom line fork to be amazing but for price comparison, a friend's Giant Rincon's fork never misbehaved.
in that price range components are going to be about equal...
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Old 05-18-07, 08:27 PM
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I like my Trek 4300. I tried a Hardrock, but I believe that they updated the frame and it isn't so tank-like anymore. When I was test riding, the Hardrock seemed like the ideal bike for riding down stairs; tough, but heavy, while the 4300 felt like it was more agile but probably not as super tough. But like I said, I think they changed the Hardrock frame, so my observations could be off. And the silver Trek paint job is sick!
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Still, as I have said the Hardrock Sport's Forks suck. They only compress about halfway and then they won't go down anymore. Not good for any trail riding that you might be doing.
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