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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Mar 2004

    Specialized Hardrock Comp Disc or Giant Yukon

    Which of these bikes do you think is best. Frame geometry is very similar. I am not sure which is the better value. I have read that the yukon front shock is marginal.
    Frame Material: Specialized A1 aluminum
    Frame Angles: 70.3 head, 73.0 seat
    Sizes: xsmall, small, medium, large, xlarge, xxlarge
    Colors: Blue, White
    Fork: Marzocchi MZ Comp, 100mm travel
    Rear Shock: Not applicable
    Brake Levers: Shimano Acera
    Handlebar: Specialized aluminum
    Stem: aluminum threadless
    Headset: 1 1/8" threadless Specialized loose ball
    Front Der: Shimano Acera, bottom-pull/clamp-on 31.8mm
    Crankset: TruVativ X-Forge, 22/32/42 teeth
    Rear Der: Shimano Alivio
    Pedals: Specialized twin sided toe clip
    Tires: 26 x 1.50" Specialized Enduro Sport

    color Yellow/Silver or Stealth Satin Black
    size 14", 17", 19", 21", 23"
    frame Supersized ALUXX butted aluminum, w/intergrated gusset, disc brake mount
    fork SR/Suntour XC75 Magnesium suspension w/pre-load adjustment
    derailleur Front: Shimano Acera, Rear: Shimano Alivio
    derailleurshifters Shimano EF-29, 8-speed
    cranks Giant, 22/32/42T
    pedals Steel w/ resin body
    handlebar Alloy 1.25" riser
    stem Alloy 1 1/8 Ahead, 25 degree rise
    headset Ahead 1 1/8
    brakes Hayes HMX-2 Disc, 6" rotors
    saddle Giant Groove Plus, VARIABLE-DENSITY MTB with Kevlar bumpers
    seatpost Alloy micro-adjust, 27.2, QR Seat lever
    rims Alloy, 32H doublewall, black w/ brushed sidewall
    hubs Alloy, QR, 32H, double seals
    tires WTB Weirwolf 26x2.0
    cassette Shimano 11-30T, 8 speed
    spokes Stainless Steel 14G
    additional Chainguard

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Mar 2004

    Cool-blue Rhythm They are both equally nice, but

    I personally went with the Specialized HardRock Comp Disc because of the fit itself. My first real bike was an older Cannondale M500, and while I enjoyed it, I never realized how much fit mattered, until I started looking around seriously at a new bike.

    This brings me to the choice you are looking at. At that level, most components are quite similar, although nothing is spectacular. However, if you find that the frame and geometry "feel" better on one over the other, definitely go with that one. I tried a bunch of stuff in that range including the GF Marlin, the Cannondale F300, KHS Alite 1000, Specialized Rockhopper, and the one I ended up with, the HardRock Comp.

    While it wasn't by any means the lightest frame or the best component set, it had the best fit overall and the shop I bought it from gave me some great service, including answering some very inane questions, since I was a newb. So far, I have gotten used to the change between a more standard frame style, to the HardRock's freeride style frame. I love it, but it may not be for everyone. I can climb hills on it comfortably, and going on downhill runs are great. Plus, the extended ride isn't as brutal on me as I would have first thought it to be.

    I expect to one day be able to be comfortable and skilled enough to do more than just ride XC all day. I trust that the frame will be ready for me at that point


  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jan 2004


    The hardrock has Marzocchi forks which IMO are the best company and leaders in forks. (This opinion will varry) but I think they are better then the SunTour for sure. Also to upgrade to discbreaks at a later time will cost you a ton of money. My wife bought a Giant Iguana and it has proven to be an awsome bike. Giant does give you a good bang for your buck. So if your looking at Giants I would consider going and looking at the Iguana. But of the two you listed I would take the Hardrock.

    edit: sorry I did missed where you said the giant yukon has disc breaks also. Still I like the zocchi forks. Think they are pretty solid. Never used the Suntour however, but my stance is still togo with the hardrock.

    Either way you will end up with a bike you can ride and progress on. So good luck on your pick and enjoy. Its an awsome sport!
    Last edited by crank; 03-27-2004 at 10:48 AM. Reason: forgot

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