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Old 02-21-05, 04:00 PM
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Rockhopper vs Hardrock

I am unclear as to the differences of these two bikes. Sure I know they have different components and such but being relatively new to mountain biking, I cant see a whole lot of differences other than the fork. I need a new bike and I was looking toward fs, but I came to my senses and realized I dont have the ability to fully utilize a fs bike.
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Old 02-21-05, 04:05 PM
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The Rockhopper is built for as an XC bike, where as the hardrock is built for more than that, its built to do abit of everything.

The Hardrock frame will be slightly heavier than the rockhopper, but will also be abit stronger, just depends what your going to be using rhe bike for
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Old 02-21-05, 04:46 PM
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If the rockhopper was geared at primarily xc then how come the fork is 130mm? Isnt that a little big for xc?
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Old 02-21-05, 04:57 PM
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I thought it was the other way around...like the rockhopper was above the hardrock...everyone normally says if you can spare the change get the rockhopper as it's a better bike to upgrade....
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Old 02-21-05, 04:59 PM
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I am also considering the Hoss. What do you think of it PWRD?
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That's a good question. The RH Pro Disc has 130 mm travel and the rest have 100 mm. None the less I agree with UK's post.
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Old 02-21-05, 05:52 PM
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I thought the RH was more of an All Mountain bike than just XC, and the HR was more do it all.
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Old 02-21-05, 06:03 PM
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they are both like do it all bikes, just the rockhopper has better components and a nicer fork...either way the frame is goning to be solid, depending on what you want to spend id look at the hardrock pro first
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Old 02-21-05, 08:32 PM
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I like the hoss alot...I'd take it over the hardrock after seeing my friends hardrock...I rode on it briefly and prefer my hoss.
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No offence to anyone riding a hardrock but they aren't even in the same league. Frame strength easily goes to the hoss. The hardrock is a decent bike, the hoss is a tank (for alum anyways)
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Old 02-21-05, 08:40 PM
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I am about 6'4 200 pounds, am I qualified for the hoss or is it more bike than I need?
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You'd be fine on a hardrock, or many other bikes for that matter, but the Hoss is bomb proof IMO. The Kona Hoss doesn't run much higher than the hardrock pro disc....
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Old 02-21-05, 09:28 PM
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I am having trouble figuring out what to do because as a college student money is scarce so I am not sure if I want to dish out the money now and get a stumpjumper or a Kona dawg or if I should just stick to the hardrock. I love riding and the more I ride the more I push myself and I dont want to be looking for a new bike in 6 months. On the other hand I would be saving a lot of money and the hardrock or rockhopper might be a better investment. Why cant I just be rich or atleast my dad to be nice enough to buy me the bike?
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Old 02-21-05, 10:24 PM
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Push yourself on a hardtail. Your wallet will thank you.
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Old 02-21-05, 10:42 PM
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just buy the hardrock for now...
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Old 02-21-05, 10:48 PM
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I am still not sure why I want the hardrock more than the rockhopper. And if the hardrock is a better bike, how come the rockhopper is more expensive
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It's not neccesarily a better bike, its components aren't as nice and it weighs more.
The rockhopper upgrades with emphasis put on weight (I think).

The hardrock is probably a better value.
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Old 02-21-05, 10:58 PM
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so the hardrock has better components, they just weigh more?
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Ok the rockhopper has higher end components than the hardrock....bottom line. That's why it costs more. I doubt it's going to be a night and day difference though.
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Imo...I will always buy a good frame with crappy components to save money. I would never buy a bike for the components unless I was paying proper coin to ensure frame quality.

Components are cheap and easy to replace, a frame isnt
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The rockhopper has a better fork, better cranks, a stronger frame, better wheelset, and is designed to be an all around tougher bike.
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Old 02-21-05, 11:04 PM
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So is everybody in here agreeing the hardrock is the best way to go?
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I am not in agreement or disagreement. I know diddly about those bikes beyond the hoss comment. I just know what I buy and why ...Personally neither bike fits into my family so I have never done much research (beyond a hardrock being a good beater, frame is cheap and semi strong)
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Old 02-21-05, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by coops1105
So is everybody in here agreeing the hardrock is the best way to go?
You'd be fine on the Rockhopper. Somehow I doubt you're muchh of a hucker and the Rockhopper will work fine for trail riding
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I think you'd be fine on a hardrock...and the hardrocks have a good bang for the buck.
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