Hey guys, I am looking to get back into the sport and I am leaning heavily towards a hardtail, but the catch is I would like to get something nice. I almost decided on a Kona Hoss Deluxe, but the local dealers are not very helpful, and the closest good dealer is 100 miles away. even the local dealer is about 20 miles away. So anyways I have been researching the local LBS scene and just about everyone is recommending the Specialized line of bikes. I was also fortunate to speak to the Specialized sales rep about their products. He assured me that their bike frames would be fine with my size and weight (6'0" 260) He said that the entire bike would work well, but if I as worried about it I should simply swap the wheels and everything else would be fine.
So, I am looking at the Stumpjumper Comp. I want a high end bike with high end components.I think that the parts on the Stumpy are superior to those on the Rockhoper line. I also feel that a hardtail is going to be fine for the kind of riding I will be doing.
I live at the top of a hill so I will be riding up hill on ever ride I will ever be taking. I also will be doing some off road stuff, but no major drops or any huge jumps. I will, assuming I can get enough stamina going, be heading to Tahoe with my bike to do some down hilling next year. I used to go every sumer about 15 years ago. I road it on a Hardtail back then also.
So what do you guys think. Will the Stumpy be OK for me? What else would you recommend assuming the Hoss D is out? Should I re think my no FS idea? I can get a basic SC Heckler for the same money as the stumpy, but they will have to upgrade the shock to a coil for me. Thanks to any who are willing to help.