I've been mostly a roadie for the past couple years, but I want to hit the trails hard this summer. Since my current mountain bike is just about done-for ('98 Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo), I want to get a new HT.
I'm a Clydesdale at 6'4" and 230lbs. What's a solid hard tail bike in the $700-900 range?
I'm looking for the following features:
-Shimano Deore components (or equavalent/better)
-Reliable mechanical disc brakes
-Robust front shocks that can take a beating from a giant like me
I'm currently looking at the following bikes:
2006 Kona Hoss ($899) - link
2006 Giant Rainier ($700) - link
At first, I was feeling pretty good about the Giant, but then I started reading comments on this forum about how the new frame design is funky and girly looking.
What do you all think about these two bikes? Can you recommend any others?
Thanks so much,