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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Date Reviewed: May 18, 2008
Weaknesses: shifters, rear derailleur.
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.
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=]
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.
a Cross Country Rider
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weaknesses: Bottom bracket and thus the pedals too low to ground for my riding style
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.
I recently purchased this bike and after about 15 miles the left crank arm started backing out and coming loose. It has eaten up some of the square on the crank arm. Where it won't hold anymore I'm looking for a cheap or the cheapest replacement crankset. I ride this bike daily. Any suggestions?Read More »
There's a bike in my weekly paper for a 2008 Hardrock XC in really great condition for $195. Being my first mountain bike, I was going to get something new for around $400, but after seeing this, is it worth at least taking a look at it?
Also, is it better than the Trek 3900 or Jamis Trail X1?
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hey i dunno if this is allowed but im tryin to sell my hardrock for like 250 and ive tried everywhere else so i thought id just throw it out there...
i live in scarborough and the bike is in great shape...i have pics if anyone is interested...
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I'm looking for some recommendations on which bike is better for a beginner? The Giant Rincon 2008 or Specialized Hardrock XC Sport? I'm going to be riding on some light trails nothing to advanced. Just need something to get started.
Thanks in advance.Read More »
What is the difference between the sport model and the XC model? I understand XC stands for cross country riding and I understand the XC disc comes with disc brakes, but they have different forks. Which one is better? Are they for different uses? I am leaning towards the XC disc -- does it have bett ... Read More »