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    Anybody replaced/upgraded Hardrock's forks ??

    Wondering if anyone has upgraded there forks on there Specialized Hardrocks ? wondering what forks you went with, and how they work out for you ?

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    I got my wife an older hardrock that came with RS Dart 3 forks, she is pretty light and it was not possible to adjust the rebound so I got her a set of Recon Silver - they work well

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    I have been considering a lock out style fork for my hardrock. A set that doesnt break the bank anyways.

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    Just beware of one thing with forks: under about $200, you aren't going to be really upgrading the feel of the fork, just switching brands. A Recon Silver would not perform poorly if you were looking to upgrade and had a budget to match. While the Solo Air model ($300) would give you the most bang for your buck in terms of performance, the coil version at around $200 would not be a bad fork, just springy. You can adjust the rebound, but it does not change the overall feel of the fork; to understand this, it may be helpful to kick the tires at a LBS, so to speak. Find a couple of bikes, preferably with the same fork, just in air and coil types. Give them a few pumps, and the difference should be pretty obvious.

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    I have an '07 Hardrock.

    For a while, I had an '06 Manitou R7 Platinum. Killed it. I liked it fairly well while it was working. It was stiffer than the POS RST that the bike shipped with, and shortening the travel made the bike a bit more nimble, which was cool. It had a platform damper that was a little finicky to dial in, but I loved the way it worked once I got it working well for me. As the fork aged, it got a bit harsher. Finally, it wore out.

    Now I have a '01 Marzocchi Bomber Z2 Atom Sport. It's stiffer than the R7 was, which is pretty cool - the bike tracks a bit better. I find I don't miss the platform damper as much as I thought I would, but it does move around more than I'd like when I climb out of the saddle. Oh well.

    You need to match steer tube size, wheel size, brake type, front hub type, and be at least close with amount of travel. I wouldn't put a 100mm fork on a current-model Hardrock unless I could back it down to 80 if it messed up the handling. Something really old-school would be more trouble than it would be worth.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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