Specialized Hardrock 29er Hardtail

Specialized Hardrock 29er Hardtail 

DESCRIPTION

With a smooth SR Suntour 29er fork with lockout, powerful Tektro mechanical disc brakes, and double-walled 29" alloy wheels, the Hardrock Disc 29er is prepared for mountain trails and urban jungles.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 22, 2016]
Cole
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

None

Weakness:

Cheap Pedals
Chain always come off
Handle bars move all over the place

I've had this bike for about 3 now. It is the biggest piece of crap I have ever owned! I warn you DO NOT buy this bike!!!

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Aug 12, 2014]
Becky

Strength:

The price. Seriously, for what you're getting you're not going to find anything better. The frame is SOLID. this thing can take a beating. Shifters worked well for the first 200 miles or so, then I had to replace the shifters (front and rear) as well as the rear derailleur. For an entry level bike the brakes are decent.

Weakness:

The fork, it's crappy. Pedals are super cheapI recommend replacing them. (Go clipless, you won't regret it!!) Its also a heavy bike, but again you get what you pay for.

Bottom line, it's a great beginner bike. I had two mountain bike rides on a crappy schwinn then decided to buy the hardrock. It was a great decision and it did really well for me for two years. I never had any problems with the tires, but I did replace the front wheel after only a few months. The rear wheel held up just fine and is still completely true. If you're just getting into mt. biking, I highly recommend this bike.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 11, 2014]
paul
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

I've had never had any problems with the frame. Front suspension holds up very well in surprising ways. As far as the tires are holding up pretty well Better than I expected. I had to replace the back tire In the spring. Because of hard braking. I still have Original tire and tube on the front.

Weakness:

Can't think of much weakness other than the pedals on it. Cheap plastic pedals breaks easily on the hard trails. Especially when you hit rocks or stone. It is not much of a winter bike which I found out the hard way. Because I had to replace the back rim and wheel. the brakes squeal like A woman screaming for help. Because of the salt that they use on the roads.

I bought the bike brand-new last summer. It is my main transportation to get in and out of town and exercise. There are some minor issue that I can work with. Even the bike is pushing close to 1400 miles on it as of now. It stands up pretty well to the rough stone trails at 20 to 30 mph down hill.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 10, 2014]
Donna

Strength:

Nice looking frame

Weakness:

Dangerous bike if you don't replace a lot of components and probably the front fork as well. Extremely low quality parts and integration.

Had this set up by a pro shop in Boulder, CO. Chain kept falling off or ending up caught between the gears and the frame. This happened sometimes when changing gears, but also when cruising along flat, paved trails. I had to realign the disc brakes every time I put the front wheel on and sometimes during rides. After fooling with this a few times, I started bringing it into the shop for realignment. I never got to ride it, because they would realign it and as soon as I would get it home and put the wheel on, it would be misaligned again. They cleaned, bled, and then ultimately replaced the sticky brakes and flattened the rotor. Although both original and replacement brakes were very sticky in terms of piston retraction, the bigger problem is that there is too much play between the fork and the hub. To summarize, I want to warn people not to purchase this bike and to be aware that Specialized has an "F" rating with the BBB. I tried to post a negative review a few times on the Specialized website and they keep rejecting them (I rewrote it carefully and resubmitted twice based on those guidelines - still rejected), so I wouldn't give any credibility to the ratings on their website.

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[May 23, 2014]
Nate
All Mountain Rider

Strength:

Solid frame
Value

Weakness:

Wheels
Suspension
Suntour Components

Wanting to get back into mountain biking, I bought the Hardrock as a starter. I've owned the bike for two years and ridden it on singletrack in the Georgia sand/clay, mud in New England and flowy pack around Northern California. I understand this bike is meant for recreation on fire roads, smooth trails, etc. but I have ridden it weekly for well over 500 miles on technical singletrack. Here's my breakdown of the bike:

Frame:
This thing is solid. I love the rigidity for climbing and feel like I could ride hard for another two years without worry.

Fork:
It's a Suntour fork so don't expect too much from it. I've taken it apart, cleaned it and used slick honey but there is no cure for it's continual squeaking. The travel is decent for a lower-end fork but I have no problem bottoming it out on small jumps (160lbs. rider) I've had problems with the lockout as well (which can only be engaged at a dead stop).

Wheels:
Fast Traks are good for the road, or tame trails, so I recommend switching tires. I've got a Bronson on the back and a Mountain King on the front. Combined with the stiff frame and 29er setup, you can push this thing through some thick mud. However, I've had serious issues keeping the rims true. After being trued, the spokes would stay put for a few rides and then the wobble would be back. Ridden on smoother trails, they might have done well.

Drivetrain:
The 11-34 cassette that comes on this thing offers a good range for climbing when combined with the three-ring crankset. You will have plenty of gears to choose from on all types of trails. The original crankset on the bike is pretty heavy and seemed to wear down extremely fast (sharp teeth, bent easily) and I replaced it with a SRAM set. There is also not a lot of ground clearance with the longer arms and triple chainrings. The rear derallieur and front work smoothly enough.

Brakes:
I was impressed by the stock Tektros on the bike. They perform very well and have a good amount of stopping power if you decide to bomb a hill. Keep those pads clean, they tend to wear down quickly.

Overall:
I've ridden this bike as a mountain bike and very little on recreational trails. For fire roads, easy singletrack and greenways, I believe this bike is a great value. If you're wanting to get into mountain biking, and plan to hit up a little more advanced singletrack, I highly recommend saving up a little bit more money and investing in a nice setup you can grow into.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 06, 2014]
Em
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Great Brakes. Solid Frame. Nice shifting. Light.

Weakness:

Weak Fork. Cheap Pedals? Slick Tires?

2014 model. Bought it for entry level beyond department store quality. Been an on and off mountain/urban biker, maybe lower-advanced level for quite a few years but never had anything better than a cheap cheap bike.

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.

Similar Products Used:

Trek X-Calibur 4, Diamondback Somethingorother, GT Karakoram, Giant Wha'chamacallit.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 04, 2013]
Jacek
All Mountain Rider

Strength:

- big wheels
- brakes
- modern cockpit (short stem, relatively wide handlebar)
- nice painting

Weakness:

- front fork
- tires
- pedals

I totally agree with the previous reviewer, it's a great bike for the money and all its weaknesses are totally forgettable when you count the money you have left in your pocket. It's meant to be ridden on pathed trails (Spec says it's recreational), and in such environment it behaves beautifully. Things get worse when the ground gets loose or you want to make turns at speed, as the tires have shallow knobs and the ones on the side looks the same as the ones in center. The fork has a very stiff spring, I am 160 lbs and could not get it to bottom out anywhere, also on small jumps (you don't want to make bigger ones on this bike). Pedals are cheap, but it's good, given everyone now has his preferred set - clip in or platform.

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 :)

Similar Products Used:

lots of old, hartail bikes

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 24, 2013]
Josh C
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Brakes
Seat
Shifting
29in wheels

Weakness:

Tires
Pedals

Im a beginner mountian biker I got into the sport last year when I was riding a tiny k2 zed. This year (2013) I decided to upgrade. I was looking for an affordable enrty level bike for a teenager (500$ range) that i could ride around the neigborhood but also take to the trails and get good results out of it. i chose the specialized hr disc 29 over the trek wahoo 29 and the giant revel 29r 0. When I took the bike for a test ride the first thing that really stood out to me was the brakes. The disc brakes although are not hydraulic, they are really reponsive and will still stop me on a dime. The second thing I noticed was the shifters. The trigger shifters allow you to fly through gears very quickly. I really like the shimano setup where unlike the SRAM you use your pointer finger and your thumb to up-shift /downshift instead of using your thumb for both. It was also a nice addition to have 24 gears instead of 21. On the trails the big 29 inch wheels run over everything with ease. The bike is a little slow to get up to speed but really hauls ass once you got it going. The tires are average. They give minimal grip enless on hard packed dirt. I really lean into my tires during corners expecting them to hold thier grip but a lot of the time they would just slip out from underneath me. Once you are adjusted to the bike though it is easy to ride around. Another downside is the pedals. They are those crappy plastic Walmart pedals. I highly suggest getting aftermarket pedals. The seat isn't bad, it's pretty squishy and has quick adjustments so you can position it where you want it on the fly. The grips on the handle bars are nice and flexible but will rotate and twist around the handle bars. I would suggest spraying them with hairspray or invest in some locking grips. The fork is also average. It is very stiff (Doesn't lock out). Me being about 150 lbs can only move the shock when I really lean into it. As I ride though it has been loosening up. Lastly the frame. The frame is pretty heavy, but is also sturdy. The only real downsides to the frame besides being heavy is the plastic piece that covers the gears (which I snapped) and the bar under the chain is very beat up. But now I'm just getting picky. Overall the bike is amazing. If you are new mountian biking like me or want to start, go buy this bike. It is a perfect affordable bike that you won't be disappointed with.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 27, 2013]
erickxcr
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Awesome entry level bike ! Not your basic wal-mart huffy or mongoose !

Weakness:

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 !

First some about me, i am a total noob, 5'6" and 168 lbs. And somewhat out of shape ! Lol ! My first ever single track was this past weekend and did well on a beginners track. I did have an experienced guide showing me the way so i new where i was going. My bike never once gave me an issue. Only thing was the stock fast trak tires are adequate but not intended for single track use, so my first upgrade will be tires for that purpose. And as long as the bike is fitted to your body it is a great beginners bike. Upgrading components really depend on you as you progress, for me i will not unless anything breaks. But if i get bitten really hard by this hobby I know what i will want and that will be a higher level bike and it will definitely be a specialized !

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 25, 2013]
Maksym

Strength:

Very Solid frame, Great Tires (Fast Trak LK)= Speed and Grip, Grip, Grip , Good Gears, Great Breaks when adjusted properly. Awesome seat.

Weakness:

Fork, nothing to complain about its a fork after all... better then not having one yet nothing to write home about.

I just love how people complain on this page about weight, fork and pretty much all other components. Serious i went against these reviews and bought it anyways. And i love how much bike there is for MSRP of $580. For one weight is not an issue, I got XL frame weigh in just under 34lbs. Its not the lightest bike around by any means however how can one expect a Ferrari quality for Kia price also all i have to do is just drop a gear problem solved. Bikes that are under $2000 weight in about 30lbs (with XL frame) not much of the weight difference. I love how stiff the frame is, great for climbs and those tires do not let me down good traction on rock, gravel and some loose dirt also very fast since they are 2.0. I do not baby this bike, i ride on really heavy trails so far i clocked in over 100 miles 3 month of riding not a single problem yet. Just had to get spokes re tightened. Fork is not the greatest but it works 80mm of travel, i set it to the firmest setting

If you need a good bike that is cheap and you can beat up on without giving second thought... this is your bike!

Personally i think its peoples inexperience in riding that lead to negative reviews, however the components are trail worthy definitely not competition worthy but again for the price cant go wrong.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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