When I began bicycling in the midst of the summer time of 2007 I solely had one bicycle. It was the bicycle my dad and mom purchased me once I was 14 or 15 years previous. A Schwinn Traveler. I had it hanging in my storage and at some point I made a decision I wanted to begin understanding once more so i crammed the tires with air and went for a motorbike trip. I used to be actually having fun with bicycling however the climate was getting colder and I used to be questioning how I used to be going to proceed driving in the course of the winter. Plus I knew a street bike would not work for winter driving. So I went to my native bike supplier and requested them which bike they really helpful.
The salesman really helpful the 2008 Specialized Hardrock XC Disc. I actually wished disc brake (as a result of they give the impression of being actually cool – I do know that is not an excellent motive however that is who I’m). They advocate the bike as a result of it was in my value vary, it has an aluminum body so it ought to maintain up throughout winter driving, it had disc brakes which work higher within the snow as a result of the braking system is up and out of the snow and it has entrance suspension.
Now I’ve to let you know a couple of silly choice I made. The salesman really helpful a 17 inch body for me. I rode the bike and I appreciated it. But I additionally purchased a motorbike rack that connects to the spare tire of my Jeep. I put the bike rack on my Jeep once I received dwelling and tried to place my new bike on the rack. The new bike did not match on the bike rack. Plus once I appeared on the bike it simply appeared small (It could have had one thing to do with it not becoming on the bike rack). So I took the bike again and received the following dimension up – 19 inch body. This was a mistake. I ought to have stayed with the 17 inch body. I now know that they make a bar that goes throughout from the deal with bars to the seat put up only for such conditions.
Now it is time to take the bike for it is first trip. At this time I used to be driving LRT path in Eden Prairie. I used to be driving my street bike 20 to 22 miles at a time with little difficulties. I used to be amazed at how a lot more durable this bike was to trip. I might barely trip it 6 miles the primary time I attempted it. I assumed one thing was improper with the bike. I crammed the tires as much as there most air stress (80 psi) however that had little impact. I simply assumed that mountain bikes had been simply that rather more work than a rode bike.
I purchased the bike in the midst of October of 2007. And I rode the bike at the very least each different day and labored my means as much as driving 20 miles at a time. I must say I used to be very pleased with the bike. I rode all of it winter, assuming the temperature (windchill) was above 5 levels.
Then within the spring I went for a motorbike trip with certainly one of my pals. I assumed he would have a tough time maintaining with me. I had been driving all winter and I used to be again to driving 20 miles at a time (due to the snow and chilly I used to be driving 12 to 15 miles at a time in the course of the winter). When we went for a trip I could not sustain with him. I used to be embarrassed and could not determine why I used to be so gradual. I ultimately came upon it was the bike. It could be very heavy and has low cost elements. I suppose you get what you pay for.
One downside I had with the bike was that I saved braking spokes within the again. The second time I introduced the wheel in to get new spokes they mentioned they’d improve the wheel for me. I suppose that they had issues with the rear wheel on this bike. I have not had any hassle with the bike or rear wheel because it was upgraded.
I really feel that general I’m glad with the 2008 Specialized Hardrock XC Disc. Yes it’s heavy and I can not sustain with my pals once I trip it. But that wasn’t why I purchased it. I purchased it as a fairly costs mountain bike to trip in the course of the winter. And it has served that goal properly. Plus I prefer to trip it when I’m driving alone on the paths by my home. I’ve to work a lot more durable on this bike and I exploit it for coaching so once I do trip with different folks on my street bike or different mountain bike it is simpler to maintain up.
But if you’re in search of good mountain bike for off roading or are driving with different folks (particularly if they’re as aggressive as a few of my pals), I’d not advocate this bike. It’s simply too heavy and that makes it too troublesome to maintain up with folks.