Specialized produced the world's first production mountain bikes in 1981. Twenty years on, they continue to be the benchmark brand famed for maintaining consistent quality throughout their line.
Take their least expensive MTB (mountain bike), the Hardrock. Like every Specialized bike, you get a frame built strong, straight and true to a quality once the preserve of handbuilt frames. The Hardrock frame is built with oversized-diameter butted CrMo steel tubes - fat tubes built to brush off impacts that might ding or even bend a narrower gauge tube.
Like any serious bike, the Hardrock is Shimano equipped. Significantly however, Specialized eschew Shimano's entry-level pressed-steel Tourney components. Instead you get Shimano Acera/Alivio shifters, gears, brake levers and rear hub which are a few rungs up the Shimano quality & price hierarchy, lighter weight - more aluminium - and better made.
Specialized are rightly renowned for their components as much as they are for their frames, so you'll be pleased to discover that the Hardrock's contact patch with the ground is via a pair of lightweight, fast rolling but grippy-when-you-need-'em, puncture-resistant Specialized Hardrock'r tyres and your contact with the bike is on a numbness-nullifying Specialized Body Geometry saddle.
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Specialized butted CrMo
Specialized CrMo 1 1/8" steerer
Weinmann Zac 19 double wall alloy rims
|Shimano rear hub. Alloy front hub - both QR|
|Specialized Hardrock'r 26 x 1.95 tyres|
Shimano Acera 21-speed EZ Fire
Shimano Alivio rear / Acera front gears
|Specialized Forearm cranks 24/34/42|
Composite pedals - toeclip compatible
Specialized alloy V-brakes w/Shimano Acera levers
Specialized flat alloy handlebars & 25˚-rise alloy Aheadstem
|Saddle:||Specialized Body Geometry Sport saddle|
Alloy micro-adjust seatpin. QR binder bolt
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