2008 Specialized Hardrock Comp advice

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    • #186150

      Hi,

      I just got an old 2008 Hardrock in need of some work.  I’m pretty sure the forks have to go.  They are SR suntour XCTs and the bike frame is 15″.  It has disk brakes.  I know absolutely nothing about bike building/maintenance so this is going to be a learning experience for me.  Can anyone tell me what forks/shocks would be compatible with this bike?  I’m guessing the brakes might need to be overhauled too.  Is there a good manual for beginners on overhauling an old mountain bike (does an 2008 qualify as old?)?

      I’d also appreciate any advice on locating parts at a decent price.  I live in Hawaii so i will have shipping costs to contend with.

      Many mahalos, FD

    • #186157

      Specialized recently changed their website and it’s pretty much crap. I looked on their archive and there is a 2008 hardrock comp disc that I’m assuming is yours. There is however no picture or details on frame. I would hate to sit here and guess what will work for you on this bike but instead think you’re better off taking it to a Specialized dealer for some advice. And yes, this day and age, 2008 is kind of old (for me anyway). Def doesn’t mean you can’t rock it hard (get it?) Check Park Tool’s website, they have some useful info online regarding repair. Youtube is also a good place… How are you pretty sure the fork has to go? Maybe just needs serviced.

    • #186164

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks very much for trying to help!  Yes, it’s the Disk one.  I found more info on bikepedia.com, hopefully it’s accurate.  I’m copying and pasting, hopefully this will work.

      I have contacted Specialized so i’ll see what they say and yes, i might just take my bike down to the dealer and see if they have time to give me some advice.

      If i do decide to try and clean up the bike some any standard cleaning/maintenance tools you’d recommend?  How ’bout a basic how to manual for mountain bikes.  I’ll check out the Park Tool’s website, thanks.

      Good to know the old frame can still Rock On!

       
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      <tbody>
      <tr class=”FieldHeaderTitle”>
      <td colspan=”2″>Frame & Fork</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Frame Construction</td>
      <td>TIG-welded</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”AlternatingRow”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Frame Tubing Material</td>
      <td>A1 premium aluminum</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Fork Brand & Model</td>
      <td>SR Suntour SF7-XCM, 80/100mm travel (varies with size)</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”AlternatingRow”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Fork Material</td>
      <td>Aluminum/steel, single crown crown</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Rear Shock</td>
      <td>Not applicable</td>
      </tr>
      </tbody>
      </table>
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      <tbody>
      <tr class=”FieldHeaderTitle”>
      <td colspan=”2″>Components</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Component Group</td>
      <td>Mountain Mix</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”AlternatingRow”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Brakeset</td>
      <td>Avid BB-5 w/6″ rotor brakes, Shimano EF-50 levers</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Shift Levers</td>
      <td>Shimano EF-50</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”AlternatingRow”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Front Derailleur</td>
      <td>Shimano Altus FD-M310-6, top swing</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Rear Derailleur</td>
      <td>Shimano Acera RD-M340</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”AlternatingRow”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Crankset</td>
      <td>SR Suntour XCM-T312, 22/32/44 teeth</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Pedals</td>
      <td>Steel cage/composite body</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”AlternatingRow”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Bottom Bracket</td>
      <td>Shimano BB-ES25, 118mm spindle</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>BB Shell Width</td>
      <td>68mm</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”AlternatingRow”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Rear Cogs</td>
      <td>8-speed, 11 – 32 teeth</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Chain</td>
      <td>KMX X8, 1/2 x 3/32″</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”AlternatingRow”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Seatpost</td>
      <td>Specialized alloy two bolt, 30.9mm diameter</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Saddle</td>
      <td>Specialized Aggro w/kevlar sides</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”AlternatingRow”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Handlebar</td>
      <td>Alloy riser</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Handlebar Extensions</td>
      <td>Not included</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”AlternatingRow”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Handlebar Stem</td>
      <td>Specialized 3D forged alloy 25.4mm</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Headset</td>
      <td>1 1/8″ threadless</td>
      </tr>
      </tbody>
      </table>
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      <tbody>
      <tr class=”FieldHeaderTitle”>
      <td colspan=”2″>Wheels</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Hubs</td>
      <td>Specialized Hi-Lo Disc</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”AlternatingRow”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Rims</td>
      <td>Specialized/Alex HRD 26, 32-hole</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Tires</td>
      <td>26 x 2.1″ Specialized Resolution wire</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”AlternatingRow”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Spoke Brand</td>
      <td>Stainless steel, 15ga. (1.8mm) straight gauge</td>
      </tr>
      <tr class=”row”>
      <td class=”FieldHeader”>Spoke Nipples</td>
      <td>Unspecified</td>
      </tr>
      </tbody>
      </table>
      </div>

    • #186196

      Watch pinkbike for a decent used fork. I have an 05′ hardrock and I just found a good used fork (marzocchi EXR pro) for 80$ to my door.

      other than that, lube and align is all you really need. Watch youtube for rear derailleur tuning tips and enjoy.

    • #186199

      As far as tools: a full hex set sizes 2-10 (including 2.5, and up to 8 is prolly good enough), rags/blue shop towels, toothbrushes, tire levers, Torx T25 and T30 (which you can get in a good MTB specific multi tool set that’ll also have most commonly used hex keys), chain breaker… Those items will get you pretty dang far for most beginner home mechanics. As far as cleaners and lubes: I use a fair amount of teflon based grease and/or marine grease for thru-axles, pedals, stem and handlebar bolts, chain lube for the chain, degreaser, and i like Tri-Flow lube that has the little straw thingy for lubing the rear derailleur pivots. There’s always more, but that’s off the top of my head and should get you going. Let us know how it’s coming!

    • #186207

      Last fall I blew out the fork on my ’04 hardrock. It still had the stock fork and I went to my LBS and talking with the guys we discovered I had two options. Spend about $70 on a suntour that I would most likely blow out again, or upgrade to something on the lower end of the spectrum from RockShox, but closer to $200. What I decided on is going with the more expensive Rock Shox Recon Silver. I realized I didn’t want to be held back by a fork, and let me tell you upgrading this thing feels unbelievable. The suntour is more of a gravel / railtrail fork as the hardrock is very entry level. Something to think about in terms of the riding style you do. My opinion is the Recon feels so much smoother and lets you adjust it for your weight, also comes with a lockout.

      Specs for my hardrock were that I needed a straight steerer tube, 1-1/8″, with disc brake mounts and in a 26″ wheelsize. I went with 100mm of travel which I find sufficient and much better than the stock fork. Make sure you check the specs for your specific bike though.

      Hope this helps you out!

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