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2008 hardrock sport

SeclaSecla Posts: 71
edited July 2008 in MTB beginners
been looking at one of these as an entry level bike, havnt got alot of money available at the moment so id have to buy the v brake model !
is it possible to upgrade to disc brakes at a later date ? are all the frame mountings still on the v brake model ?

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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    The hubs are not disc ready, so would need a new wheelset.

    There are plenty of bikes availabel at 250 with cable discs, if that is what you want, though they are a bit heavier, but leave an easier upgrade path to hydraulics.
  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    You would need disc wheels too, from £100 upwards.

    What's your budget & what do you want to ride?
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  • SeclaSecla Posts: 71
    budgets only around the 250 mark, i will be mostly off road with it around fields etc.
    im not to bothered about having disc brakes right at the moment tbh but it would just be a nice option in the future if i wanted it
    also saw the gt avalance 3.0 better bike for the money ?

    cheers for the help
  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    If you can stretch to £300, this is a great bike for the money; http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/GT_Av ... 360032288/

    It's cheaper to get a bike with discs to start with rather than upgrade at a later date
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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
  • SeclaSecla Posts: 71
    so you would go for the gt avalance disc model for 300 over the specialized hardrock disc brake model for 300
  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    Yup, or the Carrera that Sonic mentioned.
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  • I was having a similar conversation in a different thread. I have the 05 Hardrock sport and the frame is definitely disc compatible.

    I knew the wheels weren't capable but is it really £100 for a new set of wheels?

    The rims on are alex DH20 - what kind of effort is involved in just changing the hubs to disc hubs rather than replacing the lot?
  • Ciaran500Ciaran500 Posts: 348
    I knew the wheels weren't capable but is it really £100 for a new set of wheels?
    About that, maybe a bit less. Look on Merlin cycles and CRC for prices.
    The rims on are alex DH20 - what kind of effort is involved in just changing the hubs to disc hubs rather than replacing the lot?
    You would need to buy new hubs and send the whole lot off to a wheel builder, not a job that can be done at home. Not sure of the prices but it wouldn't be that much cheaper than a new wheel set.
  • BikerbaboonBikerbaboon Posts: 1,017
    £100 for a set of wheels it about right if you want them to stand up to any rough stuff, a cheaper way if you had the know how would just to be to buy a set of hubs and the remake the whells form that.
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  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    you'd probably need new spokes too unless you get the same hub in dics form, and even then it might not work. A cheaper option would be to build the wheels yourself and then just get your lbs to "true them up a bit and even out the tension" which should be about 7 pounds a wheel.
  • dodgykneesdodgyknees Posts: 185
    It's probably cheaper overall to get a bike with disc brakes from the outset rather than look to upgrade from v brakes later. Lots of bikes available at around the £300 mark with cable discs.

    For example: Specialised Hardrock Sport, Mongoose Tyax Elite, GT Avalanche 3 & GT Aggressor XC3 (Halfords).

    I've got the Aggressor XC3 which is a good ride for the money but I've also ridden the Hardrock Sport and personally I think the Hardrock is better.
  • SeclaSecla Posts: 71
    upped my budget a bit and went for a avalanche 2, seems to have the best spec of bikes in its price range and should keep me going for a fare while without having to change much

    thanks for the help
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