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Old 02-26-2011, 09:23 PM
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Specialized 2010 HardRock

I love my RockHopper, probably one of the best bikes I have had in a long time. But it is a 23" frame and being 5'6 it was a challenge even with 3" cut off the top of the seat post I still could not touch the ground.

A few times I have embarrassing tumbled over trying to get my foot planted on the ground before my boys got a visit from the top tube in a not so friendly manner.

I really wanted another Rockhopper Comp but in a smaller frame. But cost is a huge factor and the Hardrock is the very same frame as the Rockhopper it just does not have the upgraded components.

So I got a great deal on the 2010 HardRock and I can always swap the better components of my Rockhopper onto the HardRock.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:42 AM
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Looking at your pics, am wondering if a custom layback seat post would work for you Dave? So it ended up being lower then the seat tube. sort of an "S" hook with a long end.

just wondering out loud.
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:19 AM
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Cool. Are you going to put the tank on the top tube or work out something else?
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:50 AM
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aluminum baseball bats work great under the top tube for a tank
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:40 PM
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Don't think there is enough room to mount a tank under the top bar. But I have yet to try, just have not got to that yet.

I switched out the Specialized big knobby off-road tires to some IRC Avatage Pro semi-slick; Got a great deal both for $5. That will give me better on road traction plus longer tire life and still give plenty traction for my off-road trail rides.

I do plan for some Maxxis Hookworms 26x2.5 in the future when I can better afford them, they will give a nice softer ride plus look cooler with the extra width.

Had to install the tensioner, without it the chain would be right on the lower chain stay. Its not adding tension to the chain but just as a guide to keep the chain off the chain stay.

The plan was too have disc on the rear but there is just not enough space to have the disc brake and drive sprocket. I have not given up, but at this time I just cannot find a way to make it work. I will work on it as time goes on.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:58 PM
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Still got a few things to do and some adjustments but I finally went on the first ride today. Man its so nice to ride a bike that is meant for your size.
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why didn't you just replace the rims for smaller ones????
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:37 PM
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why didn't you just replace the rims for smaller ones????
Because the 23" frame was still too big, that is a very long top tube on the 23" and the reach was too far. Even with different bars and necks.

I am very happy with my choice and it was the right choice for me. It was not just a height problem, I am a very small guy and it makes more sense and safer to ride with a frame that was meant for my size.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:39 PM
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true that i agree now motorize the other one and sell it to a friend that you wanna ride with!!!!
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Engine fits in there nice Dave. Not lost or crammed looking. How is the saddle?
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