Specialized Hardrock XC XC Hardtail

3.81/5 (16 Reviews)
MSRP : $290.00


Product Description

ATB - All Terrain Bike
The bike for whoever you are, the Hardrock delivers utility and durability without ever missing a beat. Whether rollling across campus to class, heading home from work or out for a night on the town, you gotta be you, right? To do that you need a bike that's tough enough to take what you're dishing out, but quick enough to keep up with your many moods. From the not-somean streets to the back alleys and the toughest trails in your 'hood, every Hardrock delivers utility and durability without ever missing a beat. It's the perfect bike for you...whoever you are.


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User Reviews

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

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2012

Strengths:    Price, weight, nice ride!

Weaknesses:    Wheels, crank, shifters!

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike, been riding it for 4 years and other than replacing the crank(because I wore it out by putting 2200 km on it in the first year), and upgrading the wheels to double walled from the sinle walled wheels that came on the bike. I also replaced the grip shifters with rapid fire for personal preference only! My riding style makes the hardtail perfect, very comfortable. Great bike for commuting to work and riding the trails. Put on a set of slicks that are good on trails as wel ad road and you'll love this bike!

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Price Paid:    $260.00

Purchased At:   Clarks All Sports


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Deb a Cross Country Rider from Somerville, MA USA

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2010

Strengths:    Bought it for dealing with the monster potholes encountered during my daily commute from Somerville to Cambridge (including hills and cobblestone). The shock absorbers protect me as desired.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy, but a good workout.

Bottom Line:   
Good value for the $$ Tires handle the snow well.

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Favorite Trail:   Rt 28

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Ace Wheelwroks

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Dolce Elite

Bike Setup:   Yes, it's set up...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by midianred a Cross Country Rider from woodstock, ga, USA

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2010

Strengths:    The weight is awesome and the overall stability is good.

Weaknesses:    have had to adjust the tension on the rear derailluer several times now.

Bottom Line:   
The bike is great for entry level riders. It can handle a tough ride no problem. I', 6'3" and 240lbs and jump this bike all over the trails and have yet to do any damage.

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Favorite Trail:   blankets creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   private seller

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   -

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by aaron a Weekend Warrior from benson az

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2009

Strengths:    nice weight, like the brakes, great cross country bike

Weaknesses:    stock handle bars bent,rst fork bent,rear triagle of frame bent@#%!,rims bent, all without crashing

Bottom Line:   
this bike is not for dirt jumping even small jumps but i do weigh 200lbs so i probably was asking for it. but this is agreat begginer bike to figure out exactly what kind of biking you are into. but beware dh and dj's will end your bikes life.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $411.00

Purchased At:   old town bicycles

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   my bike is dead

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jrgong222 a Weekend Warrior from Portland, Maine, USA

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2008

Strengths:    Well designed frame, lightweight, a great basic bicycle for the price, Specialized Fast Trak tires. I thought the design was purdy.

Weaknesses:    Some low-quality drive train components (namely derailleurs), 7-speed cassette.

Bottom Line:   
I would definitely recommend this bike to any beginner rider who is on a budget. It is a pretty durable bike, that can take the punishment a novice rider is likely to inflict. The value of the bike is unbeatable, and even though it uses mainly low-end components, it still climbs and descends relatively well. If you end up breaking all of the components, you can toss the bike and buy something better... or if you find that special bond with your bike, it makes a great upgrade project.... just ask me!

Bottom line: If you're a beginning biker, or a builder on a budget, give it a look.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. Aggie

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $319.00

Purchased At:   Bar Harbor Bicycle S

Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   2007 Specialized HRXC w/ Ritchey Pro stem, Ritchey Pro handlebars, Brooks saddle, FSA Pig headset, Fox Talas fork, FSA XC100 rims, FSA cankset, Shimano XT front derailleur, XTR rear derailleur, DualControl levers, SRAM 9 speed cassette, Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes, Specialized bar ends and lock-on grips, Crank Bros Pedals.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by quietride from IL

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2008

Strengths:    looks

Weaknesses:    shifters, rear derailleur.

Bottom Line:   
I've had the 2005 model. trouble with shifting due to cheap parts. The rims are very weak. Had a light accident, the wheel got bent when it shouldn't even have. Somewhat heavy. Although it's in the mountain bike category, it's not meant for abusive off roading. They just overbuild the frame and slap on cheapest components. This bike is perhaps capable of light off-road riding only. But what's the point having mountain bike that can't be used for what it's designed for. It certainly is an overkill for pavement. At the end, it's not evey worth the MRSP, it cost pennies to make this bike in China.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Kozy's cyclery

Similar Products Used:   old Shimano mountain bike.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by sammy a Cross Country Rider from JaMaIcA,Queenz, NY

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2007

Strengths:    Very good over all bike for the very low price,very good strong frame, nice 80mm travel RST shocks,strong Fast Trak tires, very easy to maintain Strong bike for commuting and mountain biking.Good bike for first timers also.

Weaknesses:    The wheels are not so strong but they keep up.Paint can chip easy if ot careful. other than that, the bike is all good=]

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for a first timer.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   spincitycycle

Similar Products Used:   Cheap bikes from toysrus

Bike Setup:   specialized xc frame,80mm travel RST mtb fork shimano altus drive train, wellgo clipless pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by allan a Cross Country Rider from geraldton, West Australia

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2007

Strengths:    frame,saddle,pad brakes,tyres(world class)

Weaknesses:    wheels are a little easy to bend,stem,pedal cage too small

Bottom Line:   
great, light, strong frame with entry level parts. great bike to upgrade or ride as is on a xc track or for general commuting.

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Favorite Trail:   chapman

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $492.00

Purchased At:   bikeforec

Similar Products Used:   stumpjumper,enduro

Bike Setup:   weinman zac19 front,origional front wheel,RS psylos 125mm,origional tyres,ritchey comp stem,ritchey comp bars,xt hydro 6 inch brakes,shimano separate shifters,xt 6 hole disc hubs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jason a Cross Country Rider from manchester

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2006

Strengths:    gr8 frame perfect shape size and weight,

Weaknesses:    paintwork chips away easaly,

Bottom Line:   
gr8 bike i use to commute to and from work through manchester during the week and on the week end i use as freeride/downhill bike i recomend the bike!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   rivington pike/ white coppace

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $420.00

Purchased At:   buy a bike

Similar Products Used:   gt aggressor 3.0

Bike Setup:   fsa fr-200 stem with fsa xc 190 riser bars, fsa fr-270 seatpoast, full deore lx groupset(ex hubs ,witch are hone)hope mono m4 rear disk hayes nine front maxxis high roler tyers and manitou black super front forks.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ron a Cross Country Rider from Jerusalem

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2006

Weaknesses:    Wheels are weak, they deform easily after sand-cycling... had to change the rear wheel to a stronger one

Bottom Line:   
Great Bikes!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by TT RADE a Weekend Warrior from JAPAN

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2006

Strengths:    2006 HR-XC8(not on sale in the U.S.A)
lightweight new A1 frame(totall weight12.7kg for 17inch!),
beautiful&wild curved down tube,
ultla nice price!!(43,000yen=370 US$)
assemble parts are lowest grade classes,but no problem for XC biginners and easy to upgrade parts in the future.
nice quality painting,
many selectable colors&frame size(7colors&13,15,17,19inch frame selectable)


Weaknesses:    front&rear hubs, no hole for setting disk brakes,
the handle bar's length is too wide(640mm),tha'ts suitable
for down hill,but not controllble for town use&XC


Bottom Line:   
my first hardtail MTB.i'm so satisfied.

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Favorite Trail:   Specialized

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $367.00

Purchased At:   internet sale

Similar Products Used:   no rival in the same price of lightweight&selectable model)

Bike Setup:   grunge R derailler guard,topeak F&R mud guards LED light etc.mainly assemble street parts. no complainment for using town ride,but F&R deraillers must be changed for using real trail.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vitold Glinski a Cross Country Rider from New Fairfield

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2005

Strengths:    Pretty light, good shock, nice tires + seat, easy upgradable, wires not on bar where they can get in the way

the altus gears lasted for a year of harsh riding then thjey went bezerk and would not last 5 min


Weaknesses:    component, stem

Bottom Line:   
great bike for price lite frame components need to be upgraded

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Favorite Trail:   Great Hollow

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $310.00

Purchased At:   Bike Express

Similar Products Used:   full xt bike acess frame manitou answer shock

Bike Setup:   currently i have a sram esp 9.,0 xt cassette , xt brakes capa rst 80 mm fork new stem bar and seatpost mavic wit specialized 28 hole hub

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rodrigo Quirós a Cross Country Rider from Costa Rica

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2004

Strengths:    Pretty well-rounded ride. I bought the Hardrock XC Comp and components are pretty much entry-level, but you can build up from there.

Weaknesses:    The manitou six fork isn´t too reliable so I´m about to upgrade to a Fox Vanilla. I also installed some clipless pedals on it. But the only serious weakness I can find in my frame is the lack of disk brake adapters.

Bottom Line:   
I think that once i setup my bike with a Vanilla Fork it´s gonna be able to handle some serious stuff. Pretty much happy with the bike and with the upgrades I´ve made so far.

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Favorite Trail:   Antenas, Universidad de la Paz

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Ciclo Guilly

Similar Products Used:   I rode a rigid Diamondback, back in College and I´m just getting back in the sport.

Bike Setup:   Hardrock XC Comp, Ritchey clipless pedals, LX derailler and Deore front derailler.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh from Ocala Fl. U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2004

Strengths:    The stock fork is goog and the frame is nice and tough. Also, the V-brake are good for the price paid.

Weaknesses:    Seat and seat post, pedals and stem.

Bottom Line:   
The bike is an overall great bike for the price I plan on in the fiuture upgrading to a rox shox fork and a new crank set but i paid $290 for this bike and in less than a month put a good 300 miles on it and nthing has gone wrong with it yet. It even keeps up with higher priced hardtails in local races I do. It is a very good bike for beginers and intermidiate riders.

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Favorite Trail:   Santos Trailheads

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $290.00

Purchased At:   Santos Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Giant Rincon, Trek 3700

Bike Setup:   Stock except for eggbeater pedals.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John Poltier from Australia

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2004

Strengths:    Quite good value for the components

Weaknesses:    Bottom bracket and thus the pedals too low to ground for my riding style

Bottom Line:   
I mainly do commuting and had been happy with all previous bikes, but with the Hardrock XC I am now regularly scraping the pedals on what I consider to be mild pedal-through turns that my other bikes could easily navigate with no problem. The bottom bracket-to-ground on this bike is much lower down, 27cm with slicks while my previous bike were around 30cm. This bicycle just does not suit my riding style, though my corner leaning may be a bit on the extreme side.

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Favorite Trail:   Local bike paths

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $360.00

Similar Products Used:   Raleigh 6000, Boulder SE 2003

Bike Setup:   Geax Road Runner slicks, smaller rear chainrings for higher gearing and Sora derailer to suit.

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