Hi, I'm new so if I leave something important out or ramble don't laugh.
I'm 6'5 - 6'6, 280 lbs. My inseam in jeans is 36", but most of my height is in my torso. In other words, the reach to the handlebars is usually way too short for my taste even in a big bike.
I went to a LBS and they tried to sell me a Cannondale Adventurer 5 for something like $400. They told me it had an XL frame. I thought the bike was too small.
My experience with bike is mostly with cheap ones. As such, I really dislike suspensions because I think they will all bottom out or just flat out not work well with my weight. Also, I seem to break bicycles. I don't really take it easy on them and I have managed to taco many a wheel. When I replaced the wheel with steel ones, I'd taco those as well.
Spin class gets boring sometimes so I'd like to be able to have a bike I can take on the street. But, I occasionally go to the state parks where they have dirt roads that are sometimes muddy.
Price limit would be $600 tops, but I'd rather keep it around $400.
Fit is most important since I'm tall. Durability is next. I really don't care about weight - I think any decent modern bike is going to be light enough for needs.
Searching the forums, it seems that the Specialized Hardrock Sport seems like a good deal. How do I know what size to order?
Thanks for listening.