Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc XC Hardtail

4.09/5 (141 Reviews)
MSRP : $630.00


Product Description

Smooth front suspension, better brakes, and nice component touches make the Hardrock Sport Disc even better prepared for mountain trails and urban jungles.

  • Fully butted A1 Premium Aluminum frame with double ORE down tube for a lighter, more compliant and durable bike
  • 80mm smooth-travel fork with preload adjustment, lockout, and size-specific spring rates for more versatility and tunability over varying terrain
  • Light and durable double-walled alloy rims are tough enough to handle the rough stuff
  • Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport 60tpi tires use a reduced knob height for lower rolling resistance, but have plenty of grip for confidence on the trail
  • SR Suntour crankset uses Shimano's Octalink-splined BB interface for increased power transfer along with cartridge bearings and replaceable rings for longevity
  • Alloy XC rise handlebar and 3D-forged stem are strong and light for solid control on singletrack
  • Avid BB5 mechanical disc brakes with 160mm G2 Clean Sweep rotors for controlled stopping power


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by David

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2013

Strengths:    Good frame. Goes where you want it on smoother surfaces (ie. road and light-off road). Does the job on longer rides (30-40 miles on mainly road). Easy to clean.

Weaknesses:    Shocks are entry level and not meant for anything beyond some roots and deviations. Altus rear derailleur (bought my bike in 2012) needs consistent cleaning and adjusting (some ghost shifting). The front derailleur requires negotiation and understanding (if there's any load, be careful, and when shifting, pedal one revolution slowly before continuing on or it will jam. *Brakes are okay for non-hydraulic disc, but give youself enough time to stop (and they squeak, and sometimes vibrate).

Bottom Line:   
Overall, if you're looking for an entry level bike that you can push some, so long as you know what you're doing, it's good. When gear shifting, you have to keep your mind on what you're doing, and when braking, being aware of your distances., The shocks are good for light stuff, but wouldn't try them on hard trails at fast speeds. I bought it for riding (80% road with some bad roads and 20% off) on 10 - 40 miles. It's been good, so long as I have it tuned when necessary. Must keep the drive train extra clean or problems will creep up.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy Clarkson a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2012

Strengths:    Very good specification for the money, a safe bet from one of the largest manufacturers and looks really good too. Worth upgrading parts in the future and in standard form a good bike for long rides, the saddle is surprisingly comfy and on my 26 inch version standard tyres are great for road and commuting. I am glad I went for bike with hydraulic disc brakes as the overall feel of the bike is one of quality and gives you great confidence. So much better than the rigid bike I had before which was a comparable price when new 12 years ago.

Weaknesses:    As with every thing you get what you pay for and the only compromise on this bike is the forks but they are fine for road and light trails, Standard tyres can be prone to punctures from thorns when used off road.

Bottom Line:   
I have had this bike for about four months, mine is a 2012 Hardrock Sport Disc Int. and I am very pleased with it, I have used it on some really rough trails and muddy tracks with the only thing I have needed to change being the tyres which were not really up to handling thick gloopy mud. This bike is now being ridden on much rougher tracks than I originally planned and I would like to upgrade the forks on the Hardrock to something a bit better. I am now using Halfords own brand Bike Hut Kevlar aggressive tread tyres but these do have increased drag on the road. I have also changed to SPD pedals which work really well.

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Duration Product Used:   1000 miles

Price Paid:    $500.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by stuart a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2012

Strengths:    (2011 model) light frame with good geometry, comfy saddle, gears work well

Weaknesses:    BLOODY FORKS!!!!! tyres, brakes, brake levers

Bottom Line:   
i bought the 2011 model for £370 as a beginners mountain bike, and i rode my local trails quite hard and rode it through 3 of the 7 stanes in Scotland on the original spec, (with the awful fork locked out) and i have to say the deraileurs (shimano alivio) are still working perfectly, the brakes (avid bb5s)are a bit weak and fade on long down hill sections and the back brake did seize after the scottish trip, the levers,...lets just say they get bloody cold and stiff on a frosty morning in the highlands, but i rode some pretty rough stuff on that spec and i didnt even get a puncture.

since then ive upgraded the forks to 120mm suntour epicons (which are fabulous,) they also have a 15 thru axle which has made the bike feel a lot tougher, ive also added some continental rubber queen tyres for extra grip and the bike is great, ive rode tonnes more trails since all over wales including penmachno which is a bike breaker as far as XC goes.

if you buy this bike to do some serious riding it will take it, but you will need to upgrade it at some point because the stock parts although they function well (APART FROM THAT BLOODY STUPID FORK) they arent the best, or maybe i got a good one!!!

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Favorite Trail:   penmachno, betwys y coed

Duration Product Used:   1 year

Price Paid:    $370.00

Purchased At:   evans

Similar Products Used:   boardman hard tail


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jgmu97 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2012

Strengths:    Great frame Good geometry Feels light Smooth drive train Powerful hydraulic disk brakes Looks great

Weaknesses:    Forks Chain set Pedals Front deralierre

Bottom Line:   
Bought the 2012 Hardrock Sport Disk last year. Its been great , nearly got 900 miles on it and I've hardly been out on it. Looks amazing in the ' white , red , black ' colour way and feels great on and off road. The drive train is smooth and shifts well , however the front deralierre is pretty poor and so is the chain rings , BB and cranks. Also , the forks are good with the lock out option , but are limited in the way of adjust ability and are not very good and handling the bumps. Wheels are strong and have good bearings , still tru to this day and the tires are resemble at keeping you on the trail.

Use my bike for mostly XC or Road use. Upgraded the saddle to a Specialized BG Henge SL and i am currently upgrading the forks to : Rockshox XC32TK w/ Poploc and the crankset to a Shimano Deore M590 and the pedals to some Wellgo V8 copies. Am also putting new grips on as the old ones have worn down.

Overall , the bike is great . Perfect for beginners like me and can handle everything I've chucked at it. Worth every penny in my opinion. Defiantly my best toy .

Would reccomend to anyone looking for a good all round bike.

5/5

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Price Paid:    $500.00

Bike Setup:   Bike : 2012 Specialized Hardrock Sport Disk ( White , Red , Black )
Forks: Rockshox XC32TK w/ Poploc
Crankset: Shimano Deore M590
Saddle: Specialized Henge SL
Grips : Exotic Lock On

Everything else is stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Parker a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2012

Strengths:    Good frame,very versitile,fairly light weight, fun bike.

Weaknesses:    bad grips,only 80mm travel, small pedals.

Bottom Line:   
ive had this bike for almost 4 years now and it has been good. it is the most versitile bike that i have ever owned. i have used this bike for 160 mile long road races, to downhill riding. it also works great on the single track. or hitting up the bike park. its a good bike for a beigener to intermidiate rider.

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Favorite Trail:   birch hill dh

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   beaver sports


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Robert

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2012

Strengths:    great bike for the price , looks and quality. rides , handles and stop just as it should.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy , forks , squealing brakes , grips (replaced with body geometry)

Bottom Line:   
I have a 2012 Hybrid of this bike called a sport disc international. same frame fork combo , but upgraded to rockhopper running gear . 27 speed , tektro hydraulic brakes and so forth. (bike is as delivered in this country) great casual rider bike , good for trails, road or moderate single track riding. I have put about 1000 miles with no real issues other than squealing brake pads (stops great sounds like crap) wheels have stayed true , all bearing holding up , shifts , stops and handles as better expected for bike of this price ($600 , with cateye lights,and trip computer) A bike for the casual rider , strong enough to handle abuse at a price that won't brake the bank.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by luis arbizu

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2012

Strengths:    nice to ride, friendly to handle, good looking, breaks and componenets work perfect, my weight 250pounds the bike work perfect for me.

Weaknesses:    suntour fork is not the best option for this bike but i change it to a TORA and now she runs better

Bottom Line:   
have to say is a very good option for this sport for the price the bike has, durability ect...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ljupco

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2012

Strengths:    Everything

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Don't listen to Brian he doesn't know what he's writing.
Best low cost bike.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brian

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2012

Strengths:    Nice. Looking for the thiefs to drool over

Weaknesses:    Bent derailurs metal shaves between rim and intertube customers service

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy one I should of bought a huffy from walmart for a quarter of the. Price!! The bike came with bent derailurs and bent back rim and a metal shaving under the intertube

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kory allen

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2012

Strengths:    really great bike i bought one for my wife she loves it. this bike is great for a xc trails bike

Weaknesses:    i have heard that some of the welds are weak, buy it brand new and you have the warrenty plus for under 700 who's complaining

Bottom Line:   
bottom line this bike is worth more than the price if you want a simple trail bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dflash

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2012

Strengths:    Everything

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
The best looking low cost mtb out there
Trek and GT suck.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by cyrus a Cross Country Rider from Semirara Island, Philippines

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2012

Strengths:    Love the yellow/black color!!! Reminds me of Bumblebee or Wasp. moderately light (13 kg for a size 15.5). shifts accurately. aggressive geometry. It's definitely a head-turner than my father's Giant Yukon FS, Kinesis FS, or the (forgot the italian -named FS bike with Fox Vanilla RL). Nimble and acurate handling. Low rolling resistance tires (LK fasttrak). seatpost. Liked the front chainrings with plastic chainguard, eventhough its of a mediocre quality.

Weaknesses:    pedals, front derailleur shifter is hard. Shifts accurately but slow (can live with that). Rigid frame, slightly unsettling when going downhill at greater than 45 km/h on loose surfaces. Seat is a bit hard. Not designed for downhill or rock-gardens. FORK is CRAP!!! Frequent pedal strikes than usual due to low BB height. The 3x7 drivetrain tends to be short on the highspeed end, so that you'll be pedaling faster than comfortable in speeds excess of 45 km/h

Bottom Line:   
My first real MTB. I was surprized that I pedalled faster when i went from a 15 kg MTB to my hardrock. Love the Yellow/black color scheme very much. really nice entry-level bike. I dont really do jumps so the frame feels like a tank for me :P . The tires are excellent for my style of riding and they wear longer than usual. Used the bike as a commuter, day-end nomad, weekend vagabond (not the warrior-freak type). Nearly had 800 km on it for the past 7 months.

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Favorite Trail:   Around the island

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $590.00

Purchased At:   Secondhand, from my

Similar Products Used:   department store MTB, Kinesis FS, Giant Yukon FS, Vision 1.5, Felt F100

Bike Setup:   stock, except the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, pedals, and bar-ends. will be upgrading the fork once the Fox F100 RLC FIT 2011 fork arrives

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SamGedd a All Mountain Rider from Northern Ireland

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2012

Strengths:    (2011 model )Very strong frame, great control, cheap price for its capabilities great rims to absorb bumps and jumps, can handle jumps but not massive ones.

Weaknesses:    the standard forks are crap ! but the rest of the bike is great

Bottom Line:   
A great bike for beginners and anyone looking to get into off road biking, xc, leisure riding, road riding, single track or even slight downhill.

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Favorite Trail:   Helens Tower

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $460.00

Purchased At:   McConveycycles.com

Bike Setup:   Specialized Hardrock (2011) w/Rock Shox xc 28

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by systalik a Weekend Warrior from Olathe

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2012

Strengths:    great for casual rider, or someone starting out. strong frame can take abuse, price is good for someone who doesn't want spend too much on a weekend hobby or first mountain bike

Weaknesses:    frame is a bit heavy

Bottom Line:   
I got this bike used on craigslist for $380 and it has been more than worth every penny. the frame doesn't have and dents despite me spending quite a bit of time falling/flying off, the derailleurs all still work fine after a tune up. the wheels, though not the strongest, will still hold up well against casual/medium trail riding without a problem. my first season with the bike ended early in a high speed collision with another bike while going downhill on a paved trail, I was launched over the handlebars when another bike came up and sideswiped me from behind, I ended up with a broken collar bone and my front wheel was bent beyond repair, but that was it. when my collar bone was healed I threw a spare wheel onto the bike and went on a 60 mile paved trail ride and a 3 mile off road loop with the other biker involved in the crash without incident the the bike was fine except for the front wheel. I expect a year or two before an upgrade. Bottom line if you a looking for a good casual bike or a great first bike for a lower price this is the bike for you

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Favorite Trail:   Kansas

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Bike Setup:   all stock sport disk except for cheapy replacement front wheel

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Bobbo a Cross Country Rider from Clearwater, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2011

Strengths:    Good control. Solid feel. Fairly smooth operation.

Weaknesses:    Group is crap. Bottom of the line forks, cranks, derailleurs and shifters. 7speed? Really? You constantly shift around because with only 7speeds, there are large gaps and you can't quite find the cadence you need. Heavy as hell. I have a cannondale 26er from 25 years ago that's at least 10 pounds lighter than this. Okay for casual rider, wouldn't recommend for a serious rider.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is...if you're a casual rider looking for a 29er to ride around the paved park on the weekend or around the neighborhood, this is what you're looking for. For the serious, to semi-serious rider, spend a bit more and buy something else. Because when you buy this bike, you're gonna strip it down to the frame and replace everything. My bike is stock, and other than it being a 29er, and having the Specialized brand, I swear I could buy something of equal quality from Walmart. Sad, I expected more from Specialized.

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Favorite Trail:   Chubb Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Individual

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale 29er, Trek 29er

Bike Setup:   Stock...crap

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