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    I am looking at buying a new bike today for travelling to and from work and also some weekend riding, I just wondered out of the 2 bikes below what would be the better buy.

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    id go for the hardrock out of them two, thought it has mechanical disc breaks, i always prefer discs over v

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the advice, Would these be better bikes over bikes sold from halfords ect?

    I'd personally go for hydraulic disks instead.

    Original Poster

    I went with the Specialized Hardrock and I am very happy.

    Banned

    Hardrock is over price for what you get.

    You could have bought the much better carrera kraken for that money.
    Edited by: "slamdunkin" 23rd Apr 2011

    Original Poster

    slamdunkin

    Hardrock is over price for what you get.




    Can i ask why?

    Original Poster

    Toasthduk

    Can i ask why?



    I am newish to bikes, The shop i bought from recommended this one as a good starting point.

    Banned

    You've bought it now so not much worth saying....Put this in your favourites for future reference and help with other bike things.

    bikeradar.com/for…c=3

    Original Poster

    slamdunkin

    You've bought it now so not much worth saying....Put this in your … You've bought it now so not much worth saying....Put this in your favourites for future reference and help with other bike things.http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/index.php?c=3



    Thanks.

    Just for the OP's peace of mind, its a good bike and always gets good reviews, but you could have had a lesser brand name with better spec for around the same or slightly less money.

    Banned

    Theres nothing wronng with the Hardrock buy the way....you'll get lots of pleasure riding it....so enjoy your new purchase.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the reassurance, as a 40 year old that has not rode a bike for many a year I saw this as a good introduction to bikes again, I looked at hybrids but they felf much higher than the MTB so that why i went for it, It will mainly be used for going to work on and a bit of on road pleasure ridding, I will be cycling about 7 miles a day during the week.

    I will keep the bike for about a year and then will think about upgrading, my first ride was on the way home from the bike shop, about 4 miles, and apart from one massive hill I found the ride home comfortable and easy. One upgrade I will do asap is buy some end bars.

    Banned

    Sorry, not read any replies - most important question is to ask if you are road, or off road - or both?

    Original Poster

    Road only to start but I may try a bit of off road in time.

    Original Poster

    Ok I feel a little stupid right now, I bought the bike yesterday under the advice from the shop, I explained I had not ridden a bike for about 15 years, after getting my new bike home, I now feel the frame size may be a little big for me, It is 19", after using an online size calculator i am being told my height and inside leg would suit a 17". Is this correct I am 5'9 and have an inside leg of 30".

    If I do indeed need a smaller frame size where would I stand with the shop?

    Banned

    If you stand over the crossbar can you get a fist between you nads and the bar....you should have a bit of clearance to save you damaging the crown jewels

    Original Poster

    No I can not when I stand over the crossbar with my feet flat on the floor my B**** sit on the crossbar, so I guess the frame is to big for me, Where would I stand with the shop on this? If you think they would let me exchange the bike (Only ridden 4 mile from the shop to home) would i be better going for one of the below models?

    nwmtb.com/pro…916

    nwmtb.com/pro…181

    nwmtb.com/pro…621

    nwmtb.com/pro…178

    nwmtb.com/pro…664

    Banned

    If the shop advised you on sizing then they were wrong to sell you that size bike.

    I'd kick up a fuss and say you supported a local bike shop in order to get good service and advice....I'd ring and ask if the have the hardrock in the smaller size (anonymously) and if they say no, then you know why he sold you the wrong size.

    Ask for advice on bikeradar as you may get some better advice from people this has happened top in the past.

    Original Poster

    Thanks, I have registered on bikeradar and posted the same questions, many thansks

    Banned

    where have you posted the question....it should be in the buying advice section of the mountain bike bit.

    bikeradar.com/for…c=3
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