1998  Specialized  Hardrock Sport
Bicycle TypeMountain bike, non-suspension
MSRP (new) $325.00
Sizes13", 15", 17", 19", 21", 23"
ColorsDark mirror red, yellow
Item ID72881

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Frame & Fork
Frame ConstructionTIG-welded
Frame Tubing MaterialChromoly, double-butted
Fork Brand & ModelSpecialized
Fork MaterialChromoly, unicrown crown
Rear ShockNot applicable

Component GroupMountain Mix
BrakesetLinear-pull brakes, aluminum levers
Shift LeversGrip Shift MRX-170
Front DerailleurShimano AceraX top-swing, bottom-pull/clamp-on 31.8mm
Rear DerailleurShimano Alivio
CranksetSpecialized Strong Arm Sport, 24/34/42 teeth
Bottom BracketSpecialized sealed cartridge
BB Shell Width68mm English
Rear Cogs7-speed, 11 - 28 teeth
ChainUG, 1/2 x 3/32"
SeatpostAluminum micro-adjust, 30.4mm diameter
SaddleSpecialized Softlite
HandlebarSpecialized aluminum
Handlebar ExtensionsNot included
Handlebar StemSpecialized Fast Fit
Headset1 1/8" steel

HubsFront: Specialized aluminum, Q/R, Rear: aluminum quick release
RimsWeinmann 519, 36-hole
Tires26 x 1.95" Specialized Hardrock'R
Spoke BrandStainless steel, 2.0mm straight gauge
Spoke NipplesBrass nipples

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12/31/2012 8:24:36 PM
More than 1 year
Built like a tank
Pros: Relatively inexpensive Solid built bike Takes an unbelievable beating Still going strong after 14 years and 25,000 miles
Cons: None
Comments: I bought this bike new at the end of 1997 and used it as my primary bike for the next 14 years. That included 14 years of recreational riding (street), 12 years of commuting to work, and approximately 6,000 miles of fully loaded self-supported touring with approximately 50 to 55 pounds of gear hanging off its racks. It has a total of about 25,000 miles on it now. Amazingly it still has the original derailleurs which are still working fine. Most everything else has been replaced once or twice (wheels, cassette, crankset, shifters, bottom bracket, etc.), but only because of the abuse I've given this bike. It's been dropped off of my car at 65 mph twice. The rack broke both times. The first time I had a bent wheel which was corrected by truing, the second time I had to replace a pedal and the rear wheel, but was able to true the front wheel. The frame had no damage, amazingly. I can't say enough about what a great bike this has been. It fits me perfectly and even on punishing tours with thousands and thousands of feet of steep climbing with 50+ pounds of bags hanging from its racks, its performed great. It's been through brutal rain and wind storms, hundreds of miles of dirt/gravel while fully loaded, and just keeps on going. Yes, things wear out like they would on any bike, but the longevity and durability has been phenomenal, and for such an inexpensive bike. I hope to keep it until I'm too old to ride anymore.

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