What is the difference between the sport model and the XC model? I understand the XC disc comes with disc brakes, but they have different forks. Which one is better? Are they for different uses? I am leaning towards the XC disc -- does it have better components? I tried doing research on the forks but I know they aren't top of the line but I am a beginner so it doesn't really matter.

Hardrock Sport specs - $369

Frame Specialized A1 Premium aluminum
Fork SR Suntour SF7-XCM, 100mm travel; 12-inch: 80mm travel
Rims/Wheels Specialized/Alex
Hubs Front: Specialized; Rear: Shimano
Spokes 15-gauge stainless-steel
Tires Specialized Resolution, 26 x 2.1
Crankset SR Suntour
Chainwheel 42/32/22
Front Derailleur Shimano Altus
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Rear Cogs Shimano HG-40, 8-speed: 11-32
Shifters Shimano EF-50
Handlebars Aluminum
Tape/Grips Specialized Enduro, dual-density Kraton
Stem Specialized, aluminum
Brake Levers Shimano EF-50
Brakes Promax, linear-pull
Pedals Steel cage, composite body
Saddle Specialized Aggro
Seat Post Specialized, aluminum, micro-adjustable
Seat Binder Specialized, aluminum quick-release



Hardrock XC Disc - $420

Frame Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum
Fork RST Capa T26, 80mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Alex Z-1000
Hubs Specialized aluminum
Spokes 15-gauge stainless-steel
Tires Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport, 26 x 2.0
Crankset Shimano FC-TX70
Chainwheel 42/34/24
Front Derailleur Shimano FD-C050
Rear Derailleur Shimano Altus
Rear Cogs Shimano MFHG-37, 7-speed: 14-34
Shifters Shimano Revo twist
Handlebars High-tensile steel
Tape/Grips Kraton Revo
Stem A-Head aluminum
Brake Levers Tektro
Brakes Tektro IOX, mechanical-disc
Pedals Steel cage, composite body
Saddle Specialized XC
Seat Post Aluminum, micro-adjustable