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    03' Specialized Hardrock

    Think i may have found a deal on CL. I found an 03 Specialized Hardrock for 30$ and wanted to get it for my 11 year old. Hes 5'1 and about 130lbs.

    This would be an upgrade from his 01' 24" trek which ill hand down to my 7 year old daughter.

    Anything exceptionally wrong with this bike that i should look out for, I plan on doing all the maintenance myself so I can practice for some repairs on my bike in the future.

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    Is it the right size?

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    You could search or post in the Specialized section.

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    He didnt know what size it was, Im going to look at it soon

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    You should look at it real close ,it could easily take $$$$ to get in riding shape.

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    03' Specialized Hardrock-20131226_131958%5B1%5D.jpg

    Here she be. The paint is a little beat up but the frame is in really good shape. Ive removed the wheels and cleaned them and the hub is near mint, I see hardly any chain wear on it at all and the sticker from the shop is still on it.

    Brakes and levers all in good shape as well as both derailures. Tires are in great shape as well. Only issue it seems to have is the front fork...it is completely seized up and the bottom bracket is almost shot, needs a new chain as well.

    Ill dump 60 or 70 bucks into the bike and it should server my 11 y/o very well for a few years.

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    seems like a good one. well done dad.

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    RST forks are trash. Although if it doesn't have any play in it, it's at least not actively dangerous.

    I'd have a hard time fitting a chain and a bottom bracket into $70 unless I already had the tools to do the swap myself. If you do anything about the fork, that's hard too. Cheapest replacement is probably a rigid. That would track better and weigh significantly less.
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