I picked up the Specialized Hardrock GX mountain bike that I bought on eBay. It was advertised as a 1999 Specialized Hardrock with an 15 inch aluminum frame. But it turned out to be a 17 inch Chrome Moly frame. And looking pictures of the 1999 Specialized Hardrock bikes, they are different. They have the name Specialized displayed on the down tube. Where the bike I bought has Specialized displayed on the top tube, and the downtube is label “Hardrock”. I have looked for pictures of 96 and 97 Hardrock’s, but I haven’t found any that are labelled as such. I have found some photos of a couple bikes that look like what I bought, but they aren’t labeled with the year.
The brakes need to be adjusted. I think they are too tight. The pads rest kind of near to the rim. The rear brakes are unbalanced, where the one pad moves more than the other. I rode the bike around my driveway, and played with the indexed shifting. I think it needs to be adjusted too. I considered taking the bike up to the local bike shop and having it tuned. They charge I think around $40. I still might. But since we are unlikely to be using the bike in the immediate future, I decided to try and tune it myself. I ordered a book titled The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance and Repair: For Road and Mountain Bikes by Todd Downs. It got pretty good reviews. There was another book titled Barnett’s Manual: Analysis and Procedures for Bicycle Mechanics by John Barnett. The Barnett book is a actually a set of books, and is much more expensive. So I decided to go with the Downs book. I can always take it into a bike shop later.