Ok, here goes. I haven't ridden a bike since high school, but lately i've had a nasty itch to start riding again. I'm a rather large guy. I'm 6'10' and about 270-290 depending on the day. I'm not fat, just big. Running kills my knees and swimming in less than an olympic size pool is pointless when it come to exercise. SO, i have decided that biking could become a great source of low impact, fun, exercise.
That being said, i have done a little research at a bunch of LBS'. From what i gather i will need a bike in the XXL, 23'-25', or 58cm-61cm range. Also understanding that i am not a person with a $1000 in my wallet just aching to be spent, i am trying not to break the bank on my first bike.
Now, I have looked at the Trek 4500, the Specialized RockHopper, and the (i think) Specialized Crosstrail Sport as the primary options right now that come in larger frames that would fit me and also not break my financially.
I am here to hopefully get some advise on what would be my best bet.
I've been told that my weight will play a factor into certain areas of the bike like double walled rims, quality of shocks, etc. as thinks i should pay a little more attention to.
Also, i've heard that 29ers are good bikes, but is it possible to get into one thats gonna hold up, be comfortable for street and trail, and not break the bank?
Anyway, your advise is much appreciated. Thank you guys.