Product DescriptionSmooth front suspension, better brakes, and double-walled 29" alloy wheels make the Hardrock Sport Disc even better prepared for mountain trails and urban jungles.
- Frame: Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum
- Fork: SR Suntour SF10-NVX-MLO-700C-80, 80mm
- Headset: 1-1/8" threadless, loose ball
- Stem: 3D forged alloy, 10 degree rise, 25.4mm clamp
- Cassette: SRAM PG-820, 8-speed, 11-32t
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Date Reviewed: January 6, 2014
Strengths: Great Brakes. Solid Frame. Nice shifting. Light.
Weaknesses: Weak Fork. Cheap Pedals? Slick Tires?
Test drove several in the $5-700 range. This was definitely worth paying the higher end of that, $650ish. Rode the "advanced" single track the other day and it performed as well as could be expected. I'm and intermediate to advanced range rider. I wasn't expecting to get $3000 bike type performance, but this is about how it went:
Everything was solid but the fork, which that trail rattled quite well through the faster parts and with the tires bouncing pretty hard over tree roots. But it, combined with the fat tires, helped the bike clear log piles and tree trunks and even stairs really really well. As long as the front sprocket clears, it'll roll right over obstacles. If the tires would keep traction, you could hit a staircase head on and ride right up with little shock. But, being that I do urban biking too, I'm not sure I'd want knobbier tires and sacrificing the speed. The only time my foot ever came off the pedals was when I was bounced that way. But I do agree with most that for a $600+ bike, they could've put better than $2 pedals on it.
It's much faster than most of the bikes I compared. Good acceleration, speed, and climbing power in mid gears without all sorts of shifting required. Dual hydraulic brakes in that price range are good and very quick to slow you down. Lighter in weight than most others compared. Handles really well. Rolls and cruises really well.
Again, the pedals could certainly be better. The fork isn't good enough for the rest of the bike. Though I don't want knobbier tires, they should've put the 2.2, not 2.0 (is that inches wide?) tires for a little bit of traction compensation.
Overall, if you're looking for a bike under $700, I highly recommend it. If you can afford a bit more, get the Hardrock, but get one with a real fork. This bike will certainly be enough to get me back in the game, but I'll personally be looking to upgrade to full suspension when I can.
Alright, that's enough. See ya on the trails.
Duration Product Used: 3 weeks
Price Paid: $670.00
Purchased At: The Bicycle Chain, R
Similar Products Used: Trek X-Calibur 4, Diamondback Somethingorother, GT Karakoram, Giant Wha'chamacallit.
Bike Setup: What's this mean? Mine is stock.
Date Reviewed: August 4, 2013
Strengths: - big wheels
- modern cockpit (short stem, relatively wide handlebar)
- nice painting
Weaknesses: - front fork
Overall, it's one of the best bikes I've ridden for the money. I also own a carbon Enduro 2012, S-works roubaix and a Demo, so this condition - for the money - is very important :)
Duration Product Used: 2 days
Price Paid: $400.00
Purchased At: craigslist
Similar Products Used: lots of old, hartail bikes
Bike Setup: stock
Date Reviewed: June 24, 2013
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Price Paid: $550.00
Purchased At: Main line cycles (Na
Bike Setup: Stock
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2013
Strengths: Awesome entry level bike ! Not your basic wal-mart huffy or mongoose !
Weaknesses: Well nuttin really ! If you compare apples to apples !
For a beginner it is perfect, if you decide to go single track then some upgrades are in order, first tires then pedals and so on !
Duration Product Used: 1 month
Price Paid: $700.00
Purchased At: bike works orlando
Bike Setup: Stock
Date Reviewed: March 14, 2013
Strengths: Stealth black paint
I owned a Specialized Epic in the past and it was great. I sold that bike and am just as happy with my current set up. If the components are adjusted properly you can beat the heck out of them.
One issue I had was a squeaky front fork. I removed, cleaned, and rubbed Valvoline axle/packing grease on the forks moving parts and the squeak has not returned.
Tip: learn basic maintenance skills for cycling and you will discover that a properly tuned entry bike rides like an upper end rig. Unless you have the cash ($3000 + for high end) this is a worthy ride.
Duration Product Used: 2 years
Bike Setup: Stan's Arch wheels with Specialized Captain's.
Date Reviewed: December 25, 2012
Strengths: The 2013 Hardrock is a a solid frame. Hydraulic brakes are great for this price point. 29er wheels are great.
Weaknesses: Bike is heavy. Tires are suitable.
Duration Product Used: 1 Month
Price Paid: $630.00
Similar Products Used: Trek 820
Date Reviewed: November 20, 2012
Strengths: Strong as an ox...
Weaknesses: ...but as heavy as an ox. Altius front derailleur had to be replaced almost immediately, along with the crappy Fast Trak tires
Price Paid: $450.00
Purchased At: Used
Bike Setup: Ghetto Tubeless and Kenda Kharmas, upgraded to a Deore front derailleur, otherwise stock
Date Reviewed: October 22, 2012
Strengths: Affordable entry level all-purpose bike. Easy shifting up or down, front or rear. Tough frame that is worth keeping and up grading components as $ and experience allow. Suspension fork is usable, but no "stump-jumping" etc -- come on folks, it only costs $580.00 after all (non-sport).
Weaknesses: Non-hydraulic disk brakes are a little weak, but usable on the non-sport version. Haven't tried the hydraulic on the sport.
Date Reviewed: September 10, 2012
Strengths: 29" wheels roll over everything, decent components for a beginner, seems like a good bike to upgrade as skills progress.
Weaknesses: Somewhat heavy, takes some tuning to get right at first.components could definitely use an upgrade.
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2012
Strengths: Durable, performs well on basic mountain trails, good hardware for the money, Solid entry level mountain bike if you really want to ride off road. Stock tires decent for basic moutain trials and also work for rolling around on pavement, albeit with somewhat heavy pedaling.
Weaknesses: Fairly heavy, front wheel little out of true after one mountain ride, mediocre on open road even with slicks, rare occasion chain seems to skip a tooth on sprocket when taking off. I wouldn't recommend it for pavement commuting, like 5 miles.
I wouldn't recommend this bike if you're expecting a good pavement commuter, cause IMO, it's not very good at it. I have a rocket road bike, '07 Spesh roubaix expert which rolls very fast, very, very smooth. Cruise 20 mph into headwind. The Hardrock with 700 x 38c Infinity slicks and thornproof tube up front ... feels sort of sluggish on the open road. I'd hate to commute even 3 miles on it, cause I like efficient road bikes. If you want to pedal hard on road, this bike is for you. IMO, I wouldn't put 700 x 25 or 28 tires on this Hardrock because the front sprockets are too small and it would look awkward anyway.
I will be looking to replace this bike with likely a Sirrus commuter bike, in time as given circumstances, I won't be mountain biking much. Shouldn't have bought a mountain bike, but the store did suggest it would double as a good commuter with slicks to which I now disagree.
Duration Product Used: 4 months
Price Paid: $675.00
Purchased At: Cyclepath Hayward
Bike Setup: 700 x 38c Specialized Infinity Armadillo tires, front thornproof tube, Spesh pro-set stem at 16 deg up, 1" riser 31.8 bars cut to 640mm width, Ergon GP1 grips, Salsa bolt-on seat collar, Serfas E-gel saddle, Niterider Lumina 350 headlight.
Date Reviewed: August 15, 2012
Strengths: the bike rolls over anything and great for trails or street. solid biek to start out on and learn.
Weaknesses: the gears are not solid, the forks are terrible (mine snaped clean in half after a month of riding), im not a pro but i can spot flaws when i see them and it seemed they cut corners when making this bike.
Duration Product Used: 2 months
Price Paid: $680.00
Purchased At: markees
Date Reviewed: August 14, 2012
Strengths: rolls over rocks and roots well. brakes work well. Wheels are very strong. frame is very sturdy and feels good for someone over 6'1" and 250 lbs.
Weaknesses: Had a little brake fade on downhills and the 29er is a not as nimble in tight corners. The tires could be a bit better for trails but it is great on roads and hardpack. The drivetrain could probably be upgraded.
Date Reviewed: August 13, 2012
Strengths: Very fast rolling. Rides over roots, stumps, small rocks, etc. with ease. Shifting is very smooth and the hydraulic disc brakes can stop on a dime. Black / blue / orange color scheme and graphics look really nice.
Weaknesses: Stock tires and pedals are awful for a bike like this. The lock-out fork has immediate functionality issues. If you're not used to a 29" bike, it will be a tough change to adapt to and you will be compromising precision in turning, making it tough if you do a fair amount of riding in the woods.
Less than one week into owning/riding the bike, I am having some chain issues. The chain issue does not occur under heavy peddling, rather it pops up frequently if you jump (term used very lightly) or hop around at all, and has come off the crank completely twice from hard (again, term used lightly) jumps. I don't know enough to speculate on why or how to alleviate this issue.
Before I go further, I should first explain my style of riding; I would say I am a very aggressive & fast rider. I like the ability to ride 20-30 miles on pavement at a time and, with the same bike, take it on advanced off-road / woods trails, which could include steep incline and decline hills and riding over roots and rocks. I am by no means a technical expert, but I've been riding almost every day for the last couple of years, so I have a solid grasp on the fundamental areas of functionality. I use this as a daily commuter to work (2-3 miles) and at the end of the day I use it as my fitness machine.
I come from years of using a 26" (2001 Haro 8.1 escape to be specific) and for those who are similar, a 29" will probably take most some serious getting used to, as I'm struggling with the same. I had to add side handles so I could regain the leaning forward feel and have the option of focusing on my calves when pedaling. Hardrock's frame almost forces you to pedal in an upright position. The Hardrock is also a little heavier, compared to my previous bike.
Lock-out Fork: While the switch to lock out the front shocks is easy to reach while riding, it does not actually allow you to do so while you're moving or putting any pressure down. What happened with me is when I tried to lock it out while riding, instead of locking it out the switch knob spun around so now it's backwards and, while it's still functional, it only appears in a 'red' lock sign (it normally switches between green & red). Also, be sure not to slam down while you are locked out, otherwise it will slip and mine does not lock out completely now (probably my fault).
The 29" wheel also gives up some important precision turning and I'm finding that I'm hitting my foot on the front tire during tight radius turns (might be an adaptation issue). I've found out immediately that to do any serious off-roading, you will need to upgrade your tires and pedals as they are VERY slick. The tread on the stock tires are minimal, at best, and the stock pedals are a generic plastic.
On the positive, it takes very little effort to get this thing rolling fast. and, once it does, its momentum is easy to maintain. It shifts beautifully and the hydraulic disc brakes stop on a dime.
All in all, from the heavy research I've done, this bike comes in at a great value for the components included. On paper, this should be a perfect fit for my riding style and needs. My close friends and family who are experienced riders, not only recommended Specialized, but this series, for the same reasons.
Unfortunately, I might look to sell and go back to a 26" and a frame/stem that I am more comfortable with. Feel free to offer up suggestions, especially in the specialized family. Or, if you're interested in buying it, let me know. I've used it for 3 days total.
Similar Products Used: 2001 Haro 8.1 Escape
Bike Setup: Stock
Date Reviewed: August 1, 2012
Strengths: entry level price for a 29er bike. great looks, I actually bought the cheaper (not sport) model, the very basic 29er disc bike
Weaknesses: you pay for what you get, SR Suntour shock, mechanical disc brakes and Sram doesn't even list X3 on their own web page, what's that tell ya? Use common sense when rating the bike
The bike is what you pay for. I had hydraulic Elixer 5's in my parts bin at home that are black and white, so match the black and white bike. I figured since I was going to winter ride it, I'd get the cheapest shock and buy a Fox for summer, the SR Suntour does not work like a much more expensive shock, but hey, a Fox is more than the whole bike cost... use your brain.
The brake change should be a no brainer, I mean the Elixers out preform the Tektros any day. As well, later I put on 203mm discs. It brakes like a 26" wheel bike now, no problem scrubbing off speed. i'd strongly recommend any 29er rider to put 203mm discs on their bike, much more control.
I'd recommend this bike to anyone. Depending on your riding style, you could use for some upgrades, but before I swapped anything, I rode it 40+ kms around the city and found it to be adequate for what it is.
The tires provide little grip when you get into the slick stuff, but are fast for paved trails or hard packed, so there's a compromise. A more aggressive tire is simply not going to be as fast on the pavement. that said, I can climb Thunder Bay's Hillcrest Park straight up the steepest section with the stock tires, a product of more traction because of the wheel diameter. They slide when pushed through corners off road (yes off road every day it's not raining on the way to and from the office, the trail is in my way).
Hand grips/seat are fine. the stem/handlebar is surprisingly heavy, I swapped them out too.
Stock plastic pedals are embarrassing, so they're gone and switching to an XT crank will save you a full pound. (I am not joking, crank + bb and stock pedals = 4lbs, XT with DX shimano pedals + external bb = 3lbs)
My only gripe with the bike, after factoring in that it is the cheapest 29er offering, is the basement bike comes with 7-speed stuff, so I am having to change the free hub to upgrade to 3x9. I built a second set of wheels for summer and the stock will be winters, still going with 9 at the rear once a free hub is found for winter. they won't admit what hub they put on this model, which is strange, but it looks like a Formula unit.
Otherwise, for the price, the Trek Mamba was a bike I considered, but I have ridden Specialized for a number of years and the customer service has always been great.
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Price Paid: $750.00
Purchased At: Cyclepath Thunder Ba
Similar Products Used: Test ride Trek Mamba
Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc (26" wheels) outgoing winter bike.
Bike Setup: Elixer 5 hydrualic brakes with Hope 203mm discs, XT hubs on DT Swiss 485D hoops + spokes, Sram X-9 rear shifter + X-0 carbon RD, Sram rear 9-speed cassette and single 38t front with chain guard and guide from Straitline.
Specialized stem and Demo bar.
Date Reviewed: July 29, 2012
Strengths: Solid frame, although a little heavy. Rolls great once up to speed. Disk brakes are decent - haven't had any problem. Shifts smooth and solid - again no problems. Fast trak tires are decent but I like the Captains for single track better - seem to handle roots better.
Weaknesses: definitely the pedals but that's about par with other mfg as well. Suntour shocks were okay for general riding but am going to change them out for SS. Not as nimble as a 26" but maybe that's just me.
That's when the problems started. I ran into some folks half my age that were into urban riding. Well, the Sirrus isn't really suited for that but I found a used Hard Rock for a decent price so I bought it and started riding with them. Decided I enjoyed the on road/off road rides so I sold it and bought a new Hard Rock 26er. The first time out on a trail, I hit some mud and wiped out. I went back to the LBS and they suggested I try a 29er so I tried the 29er the following weekend, hit the same mud patch, only this time went through with no problem plus cruising on flat surfaces, street, fire trails, it just seemed easier once I got up to speed. Bottom line, I went back and got the 29er Sport Disc. First change was the pedals to clipless like my Sirrus. Second change was the seat (who designs these things? BG = Body Geometry? My a$$!). Third thing was to go to Captains 2bliss tires.
All was well and good until I started riding Single track so now I'm looking at upgrading the front fork with maybe Rock Shox and I've started playing around with the stem and handlebars. I've almost taken down trees with the stock (660mm, I think) handlebars but, other than that, I love the bike. Maybe I'm pushing the capabilities of the bike and will probably go for a FSR in the future but that's another grand that I don't have and this is working great for me now.
Shimano PD-A530 SPD Dual Platform Pedal
Shimano SH56 SPD Multi-release Cleats
Serfas Men's RX Bicycle Saddle
Specialized The Captain Control 2Bliss Tire with STANS
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