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post #1 of 7 Old 03-07-2013, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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Hopefully there's some mtb guys here who can help me out. I have an 07 specialized hardrock that I really like. It's served me well the last few years on XC trails around MA. I think I paid about $500 for it.

Parts on it are starting to wear out, and it doesn't even have disc breaks. I'm looking to either upgrade it or to upgrade to a new bike. I'm wondering if it's worth upgrading the hardrock or going for a whole new model, like the rockhopper. Will I see much of a performance increase with that?

Any suggestions are appreciated.

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I've got a Hardrock as well, '09 or '10 can't remember right now. From what research I've done on upgrading the bike it seems be kind of a mix.

There are a lot of people that just love the frame and will dump tons of money into it but there are a whole bunch more it seems that say the frame isn't worth it and it's better just to upgrade.

Probably the best place to start is with a quality saddle. Then the front shock, but you will be into a front shock as much as you paid for the bike to get a good quality unit. A disc brake upgrade will likely cost a couple hundred for good brakes but do you really need them? You will need to wheels to accomodate the disc brakes and that's if your frame came equiped in the rear to handle disc brakes.

Most people that ugrade their hardrocks end up replacing everything but the frame. But if you build the bike slow and just upgrade parts as they break or wear out it should serve you well.

Personally I love mine. Maybe it's because it was my first "quality" bike, I'll likely end up just upgrading as things wear out.

Of course the upgrades are almost endless, seat stem, handle bar, wheels and everything else.

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I've never used disc breaks. Does yours have them? Not sure if they are just overrated.

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I've never used disc breaks. Does yours have them? Not sure if they are just overrated.
Mine does. Pretty sure I don't need them but I sure like them. They do work fantastic and if you plan to do any downhill riding they will help a lot. This was my first bike with disc brakes but it had been years since I'd ridden a bike at all anyway that I couldn't really give an honest opinion about how much more effective they are.

There is the obvious benifit of not having rubber on metal to stop you as well as obviously better performance when they are wet.

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Mine does. Pretty sure I don't need them but I sure like them. They do work fantastic and if you plan to do any downhill riding they will help a lot. This was my first bike with disc brakes but it had been years since I'd ridden a bike at all anyway that I couldn't really give an honest opinion about how much more effective they are.

There is the obvious benifit of not having rubber on metal to stop you as well as obviously better performance when they are wet.
Might end up just being better for me to upgrade to a new bike with a better frame, and then upgrading that bike. Kinda want those disc breaks.

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I'd get after some google searching about upgrades and such just to see. There is a ton of info available specific to the hardrock.

But upgrading the front shock and getting wheels and a disc brake setup is going to cost a pretty penny.

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I'm definitely going to google around. I think I'd be looking at 300-400 for all those upgrades (maybe even more?) for a starter frame like the hard rocks (as nice as it is). That's why I'm considering the lighter rock hopper frame which comes with disc breaks stock.

Not sure about the saddle or fork.

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