Specialized Hardrock 2012 Review by Enjoy Cycling
The Specialized Hardrock 2012 builds on the highly successful Specialized Hardrock 2011 which was a popular choice for those on a limited budget or looking for a low cost introduction to mountain biking. The Specialized Hardrock 2012 is a durable, versatile, and capable cycle that is sure to handle anything you throw at it.
The Specialized Hardrock 2012 has a fully butted A1 Premium Aluminium frame with a double ORE down tube making it a lighter, more compliant and durable bike and a great choice. The frame also comes with disc mounts for upgrading. The forks are 80mm smooth-travel SR Suntour fork with preload adjustment, lockout, and size-specific spring rates for more versatility and tuning over varying terrain.
The Specialized Hardrock 2012 is kitted out with Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport 60 TPI tyres which use reduced knob height for lower rolling resistance so you will be able to tackle roads as well as the rough stuff. The tyres are sat on light and durable double-walled alloy rims that are tough enough to handle off roading a forest trails.
The Specialized Hardrock 2012 comes with Shimano Altus Rapidfire trigger shifters that offer fast and reliable gear changes so that you never miss that important gear change. Shimano 8-speed, 11-34t cassette offers gearing options for a variety of fitness levels. To protect your rear the Specialized Hardrock 2012 has a Specialized Body Geometry Hardrock saddle has front/rear bumpers for on and off-road durability, and ample padding for comfort.
All in all The Specialized Hardrock 2012 is a capable machine and an ideal purchase.