I just wonder that those who don't want to hardmode operations will stuck forever in rakata gear or give up the set bonus?
Really, I don't want the best pieces but some advancement and being able to use orange gear without giving up what I already get.
Not forever, but likely till they increase the level cap which is supposed to be within the year sometime. My suspicion based on what they showed at E3 is that this Op + the anounced new Wz (hopefully 1.5) then we get increase to level cap and further class story. At which point you'll have to completely re-gear while you level up and the new Ops story modes should have gear that has set bonus on armoring like everything post Rakata has.