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    Upgrade Hardrock vs buy something used / new

    Hey guys , Iím brand new here . Iíve been biking for a long time but recently have been biking a lot and my 2010 Specialized Hardrock doesnít seem to be cutting it with stock rim brakes , etc.

    my dilemma is in choosing what to do . Im going to have around 5-600 dollars to play with .

    I am interested in the following but donít know what would be best .

    1. I can upgrade to disc brakes , disc compatible wheels and and air fork for around 600. ( my bike sadly isnít disc compatible wheels already )

    2. look for something used

    3. buy something new


    I would prefer something without sr suntour forks as a FYI. Would love air coiled forks over spring

    I ride a large specialized frame currently . Iím 5í8, 220 pounds .

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    While wheels, brakes, and fork are all great upgrades, I wouldn't put any money into that bike. You'd be looking at older 26" wheels in order to support brake rotors, while bikes now are generally 27.5, 29er.

    Modern front suspension is tapered, i.e. the head tube that holds the fork is thicker at the bottom, and your frame seems straight, i.e. would only accept an older fork anyway.

    New, for $600 probably nets you a bike about the same as what you have now, but would have a couple of modern elements, but would no doubt be very low on componentry level. Used could be best value if you can find something that works.

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    You're absolutely right and I didn't think about that. Upgrading my current bike would still leave me with 26 wheels. Are there any low end bikes that come with non suntour forks? I just don't prefer them and would rather have a pair of rock shox.

    Used could be the best value especially if I find something inexpensive and I guess upgrade the forks. I was looking into the Rock Shox Recon Silver TK forks to upgrade my bike currently with

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    Have you tried to sell your Hardrock? You can probably get a few bucks and then bump up your $600 limit a little bit. You can poke around Pink Bike Buy/Sell market for used bikes in your area.
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    This bike is $650 shipped no tax. Very popular because of lockdown. Get on their email list for the next shipment.
    This next up model gets you better drivetrain 1x10 instead of 2x9.
    They both have a Suntour XCR air fork. One metal and one plastic bushing inside. The damper is a sealed unit that you won't have to change the oil on or service. Not a bad performing fork.
    432.5mm reach for a M. 450mm for a L. You're likely a Medium.
    29 wheels are better rolling over rocks and faster rolling.
    Slacker 67* head tube angle 73* seat tube angle.
    **30mm inner width rims are a big deal** much better loss of traction control as you slide out. You can use 29x2.6 wide tires.
    Boost 15x110 front hub. 10x135 rear hub is not current 12x148 Boost. Not a deal breaker. imo.

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    This Nukeproof has Boost hubs and a RS Recon fork. $1100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battery View Post
    Have you tried to sell your Hardrock? You can probably get a few bucks and then bump up your $600 limit a little bit. You can poke around Pink Bike Buy/Sell market for used bikes in your area.
    I haven't tried to sell my hardrock as I'm planning to keep that bike for my wife and sell her old trek.

    But yeah I think my best bet might be to look for used bikes in the area etc.

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    i just bought one of the Vitus Nucleus...i was in your situation as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by milhouse
    I dont think the frame, shock, fork, rims, drive train, handlebars, tires and stem would hold up very well but that kickstand looks pretty burley.

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