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2001 Specialized Hardrock
I'm a beginner and I am thinking about purchasing a 2001 Specialized Hardrock because it is on sale. Has anyone ridden this bike? Is this a good bike for beginners and is it a good bike that I can upgrade once my skills improve?
Posted by JAL a Weekend Warrior from So Cal on 10/03/01

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  • Re: 2001 Specialized Hardrock
    I ride the 2001 Specialized Hardrock comp, and I like it for the price.I did a pedal and rim upgrade. What's the sale price 499.00?
    Posted by Ppik on 10/03/01

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    • Re: 2001 Specialized Hardrock
      I was looking at www.bikeusasandiego.com and it was on special for $199. Check out the site under specials and mountain bikes (hardtails).
      Posted by JAL a Weekend Warrior from So Cal on 10/03/01

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  • Re: 2001 Specialized Hardrock
    With all due respect to Ppik, the Hardrock is a reasonable bike, but there are other considerations. $499 is a pretty good chunk of change to spend on a bike that is near the
    bottom of Specialized's line of MTB's, add a decent pair of wheels and you're looking at least $600. Everything on it is OK, but not great. You might consider a used bike in good condition like Specialized's Stumpjumper. I've seen two in the "Recycler" for $300, brand new, many of them cost a minimum of $1,000 and some models went up to $2,300. The Stumpjumper came with all the good stuff, minimum Shimano LX or comparable in-house stuff. They made a lot of them, so they are relatively easy to find, and were an industry standard for many years.

    My 1993 Stumpjumper was a good deal lighter than a friends 2000 Hardrock and cost me $150 less ($350). Plus it came with LX-XT drivetrain and just about all of them were spec'd with Shimano SPD pedals. The same M-2 frame was used for many years and is worthy of any upgrades. Finally, the Hardrock is set up for a more "upright" riding position, and as you get increasingly serious, you'll be hampered by this set up and have to change the stem and handlebars out.
    Posted by STP a 42 year old riding a K2 Razorback from Palmdale on 10/03/01

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    • Re: 2001 Specialized Hardrock
      Here's an example out of this weeks "Recycler"
      FOR SALE
      Price $300.00 Firm
      Specialized stumpjumper M2, xtr derailer, xtr rapid fire shifters, and Marzocchi bomber z2 front shock.

      XTR? Now that's a smokin' deal! And a Marzocchi Z2 fork to boot!

      Make sure the frame is the right size for you.
      Posted by STP a 42 year old riding a K2 Razorback from Palmdale on 10/03/01

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  • Re: 2001 Specialized Hardrock
    The first time you ride your bike its gonna be used. Why not start off that way and save yourself hundreds of dollars? My first bike was a garage sale special. I got me a decent Jamis Dakota for $65 and there werent nothin wrong with it. When buyin a used bike your probebly gonna wanna put other stuff on it like peddels and a new seat and such and thats ok.. The only fear in used is a cracked frame but that's kinda rare. Be sure and tap the frame with a mallet or the plastic handle of a screwdriver on the down tube, crossbar, chain and seat stays and listen for a sweet ring. If it dont ring... clunks or thudds, beware.


    Regards,
    Iman

    Posted by Iman Edyot a many year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Huffy tandem unicycle with a flat tire, who used to be from France on 10/03/01

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