Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Bikes: riders:Schwinn Continental ('80), Specialized Crossroads Sport ('07), Schwinn Super Sport (73), Schwinn Superior (76), Projects: Schwinn Sprint ('74), Trek 800 & Schwinn Continental ('71)
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I am 6'4" and now 275#.
I started last year in your position and was introduced to a Specialized Crossroads Sport
It is a little less money than the Trek, and from what I have experienced with my 2007 model, quality components are used and no isssues.
Instead of the 26" tires, the Crossroads are fitted with 700 38c tires, and I rum inflated to 95# PSI, for a great ride on pavement and trails. If planning to ride more upright, I would suggested the 700 size rims.
Regarding the front suspension, you may want it to dampen your front vibrations if riding upright, however if you are riding with weight distributed to arms tightening the front forks will help prevent you from dropping forward on quick stops as the front will
dip. This is not a issue if riding upright.
My wife has the womans version and loves hers.
The spoke gauge is another factor to review on the Treks, the ones I have inspected at local store seemed lighter, and may require and upgrade fo our XXL bodies. Also frame size is important and the required reach from sitting position to handle bars. Make sure those are adjusted and properly torqued for your riding style.