I'm new to the forum. I'm not sure that a Clydesdale is a good reference for me since I am so big. I'm 6'5" 350#. Anyway, I've always blown through the bearings in the bottom brackets of my bikes to a point where I gave up on riding. But now I am really wanting to get back into it if possible to drop down to 315 or so where I used to have some abs showing (I really am a giant, bigger than most of the guys on World's Strongest man).
Anyway, here is my current dilemma. I really like the size and position that I end up in on the Gary Ficher kaitai/Utopia series bikes. But... I also know I will blow through the brackets in the kaitai. My problem comes from the idea that I'll probably also blow through the factory bearings on the higher end utopia as well. SO here is my question.
Do I get the kaitai, even though all of its components aren't as nice, and just immediately buy a better rear wheel and bottom bracket / drive train? Or do I go with a higher end bike, and hope that everything holds?
The bike shops I've been to all seem to indicate that a downhill drive train should definitely hold me. But I'm really worried about ending up with a bike that I spent a ton of cash on and just sits around broken.
I'll be riding 99% on roads, possibly as far as the 15 miles to work and back once I am in shape. I've also thought about getting a Rockhopper 29er and changing the tires.
Any suggestions? Thanks again, and sorry if I'm not making a ton of sense. I can give any more details that anyone needs.