1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    New Guy; Hard Rock Sport?

    I test road - as much as that is possible - several bikes at my local shop with an owner I know vaguely and who I like. I think he is being honest but we disagree. I liked the Specialized Hard Rock Sport but he says it is not what I want.

    I'm a new/old rider. I had a fantastic road bike (Trek) I loved when I was young, single and doing triathlons 15 years ago. Then I switched to only running for a long time. Now I am getting a bike again. I have some fairly rough trails within a few minutes of my house. I will ride there as much as possible. I also have a job that is about 5 miles away and I would like to ride my bike on the road to get there. I might also do rides of up to 20M on roads some weekends.

    Shop guy says I won't find one bike I really like for both trails and riding on roads, but the hard Rock Sport "felt" like just that bike. Of course, I have almost no experience on trails and no experience riding a mountain bike for long distances on roads.

    Advice on the Hard Rock Sport? Other suggestions. And, oh yeah, 600 is my max.

    Thanks for any ideas.

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    Why not get the Hardrock Comp? That's what i have, it cost me $400, but you can get it regularly for $550. I think it's a great bike. It's good for riding on trails, and good for riding all day on road. Which is why i put some Hookworms on it.

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    I ride my hardtail 20 miles on the road at times. Just get yourself a nice pair of slicks and swap out the trail tires when you hit the streets or commute. I use Specialized Nimbus and they're great. I have a Giant Yukon that I've upgraded entirely. It's fine on the road and more than capable on the loose/rocky trails here in San Diego.

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    I had some guy at a LBS tell me that a HardRock was a terrible bike for the trails (I was helping a friend of mine get into biking and this was in his budget). The funny thing about it? I have about 60 pounds on my friend and rode my HardRock like a crazy mother and had no problems: exactly ZERO.

    Personally, I think the HardRock is a great entry level trail bike and not bad for the road, either. Like it's been said, grab some slicks or semi-slicks and you shouldn't have any problems. I personally like the Bontrager Invert Selects, but see what you're into. The only thing is this: don't expect to be flying down the street the way you did on your road bike. MTBs are a little less speedy than the thin-tires, but you can still crank em up and move!

    All told, I think you have a good choice there. The HardRock will do fine for you, for certain.

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    Thanks

    Thanks for replies. Planning to go back to the shop tomorrow....

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    I have a Hardrock Pro Disk and love it. Great bike. I ride it mostly off road (2-4' drops). It also works good on the road. Just disk brakes don't coast that good.

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    go back there and get it!

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    if you can swing it ,I'd recomend full suspension...but not if the trails you are gonna are buffed out single track. but yes if at all rooty and rocky.

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    If it were me, I'd stay away from FS bikes in the price range of the HardRock. Decent FS bikes are gonna start around a grand, and can climb crazy fast from there. Also, for starting out, HTs teach you to pick a better line thru the hard stuff, and are less maintenance intensive than FSs. You'll be a better rider learning on a HT because you have to develop your skillset to get thru the rides, instead of relying on technology to make the trails passable.

    Just my opinion, but I think you made a good choice with the HardRock.

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    I bought a Hardrock Sport a little over a month ago (with help from MSU Grad) and have loved it. I've been riding twice a week pretty consistently, and the bike has been great. I haven't done any street riding, all trails, and aside from a scheduled tune up the bike is great. I'm 6'4", 225 lbs., and while the bike is an XL, it feels plenty strong and capable. Good luck, and know that I don't regret saving some money and picking up a Hardrock at all.
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    Hope I did not make a mistake

    probably a bad beginner's decision but....

    I went back to the shop to get the Hardrock Sport... I decided to test ride some of the other bikes of the same type just to make sure I was making the right decision.... I rode the Giant Yukon and for some reason was liking it better than I had before. It felt like it fit me better than the Hardrock. It seemed very similar in many ways - disc brakes, etc. - but felt a little better. I remembered the reviews on this site were similar for both. So, I got sick of trying to decide and went for the Yukon. Price was a little better and money is a major factor.

    just back from my first ride... even though I ran a half marathon last Saturday and felt pretty good I quickly found out today the mountain biking uses an entirely different set of muscles... and it also seems to have a higher injury rate if the various scraped and stinging spots on me are any indication

    anyway, I'm happy with the choice - at least for now.

    thanks for all the advice...

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    Congratulations on your purchase. As long as you're happy with the bike, you made a good decision. Good luck and enjoy!
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    I bought my Hardrock Sport Disc last fall and I'm still loving it. I use it on and off road. The only thing about it in stock form that I truly hated was the seat. That stock seat was modeled after some medieval torture device.

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    I liked the Hardrock Sport, then liked the Rockhopper even better (just 1 step up).

    I kinda streched my budget from the 450ish of those bikes to the 650ish that I will be spending on a GF Piranha this weekend.

    It will see more road than trail but if your not "spoiled" by a road bike, you will have no problems with a mountain bike on the road, and you have alot more you can do with it.

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    My wife and I beat the crap out of our Hardrock Sports. The bikes take it and ask for more. Plus, they're not so expensive that you'd be bankrupt if they were stolen and you had to buy another. For an entry level MTB, you can't go wrong with a HR Sport!

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    I have the rockhopper 04 base. I have been riding for 5 years and am an advanced rider, without an advanced budget{ go figure}. The rockhopper never let me down. It is lighter, adn faster, and will work better on road{ I ride it for one hour on road every day}. The components are quite good, and the bike will last you a long time. The frame is a thing of beauty. I am currently saving up to get a better fork and brakes, If you get this bike I suggest you do the same. The rims and gears are nice, and the 06 model year has an okay fork, though it could be better{much better than my manitou six though}. The brakes will suck but if you get avid v brakes they will be fairly good. Upgrading to discs and better rims is something to think about in the next few years{I may do that next year}. If an advanced {trying not to brag here so dont take it that way} biker can like it, so will you. Me and this bike have been through a lot together, and every day I love it more. If you ride really hard and wheigh alot, then you sould get the hardrock, but as you probably do neither, the rockhopper is better. Consider the componentry on the hardrock entry level and the rockhopper's componentry real mountain biker level{cuz they are}. The rockhopper is a bike you can, ride love, grow with, then continue to love. The hardrock is not bad, quite the contrary, but there is more to upgrade on it in the future, if you cant exchange the hardrock for the hopper, dont sweat it though, they are both very good and very similar bikes.

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    When my husband and I were first in the market for an entry level mtb (well it was my choice as a bike is just a bike to him) back in 2001 the Hardrock Comp and Giant Iguana were pretty much the top two contenders. Ended up getting the Hardrock mainly due to better service from that particular shop and it was a great bike that served me well. All in all I think that either one would have been a great choice and I reckon the Yukon will serve you well, throw on some slick skinny tyres and you'll be good for the road. If you're really into road riding get a fork with lockout and it will pretty much be like a fully rigid!
    In hindsight I think it's probably the bike fit that's the most important factor (I tend to think my hardrock was slightly larger than what I should have got) and if the Yukon felt better to you than that must be the right choice, just about everything else componentry wise can be changed if need be.
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