I'm new to this forum, and realtivly new to the latest and greatest bikes and components, so please excuse the long post and noOb terminology .
I am so frustrated as I've been reading, searching and browsing, and did I mention reading?
I went to a LBS and I am even more confused now. I am 6ft. 250lbs. and I perfer a freeride suspension bike.
The only riding I won't be doing is 20ft. drops or freestyle in a park. I'm not overly concerned about bike weight, although I don't want a tank as I am heavy already.
I plan to ride on the weekends (weekend warrior type) and 2-3 days a week for excersize/fun.
I read conflicing views everywhere about heavy dudes riding on rear air shocks, or weak forks. One site says I need a coil in the rear. Others say I need a HardTail. Others say I will be OK on airshocks/forks.
Then I read, 'this' component and 'that' component sucks for heavy dudes. And another site the product reviews are good. One bike will have a good shock, and crappy forks, with good drivetrain. And all the others are just vice versa. I don't necessarily need the latest and greatest. I just want quality and durability.
Where do I begin? I know my weight, height, and riding style (not a pro, but not a beginner), I know the terrain I ride, just about everything but huge drops. But with all this info I am SO confused, I 'm ready to explode!
I have looked at Iron Horse and I dig most of their rig set-ups. I've looked at a Santa Cruz Heckler. A Mongoose Single Black Diamond. IH Azure Comp., IH MKIII Sport, Intense Spyder.
I've got about $1200 to spend. Give or take a few bucks..... But, when I look at the specs on a bike, and customer reviews, I am always turned off from what I am reading. For a clyde, can I get a good reliable bike for this price? I don't wanna buy a new bike and have to upgrade it before I even ride it..... i also understand I have to take what is said on the internet that it can be biased or the person doesn't really understand anything except that a $5000 bike is the ONLY way to go....