5’11” and 290 pounds. Looking for a mtn bike type of bike to
1) put slicks on to ride with young son on pavement
2) ride local mtn bike trail. It is rated “easy” by some local mtn bike association. As a beginner, it is rough to me. The trail does not really have any jumps or anything like that. It is just really bumpy due to erosion, rocks, roots, etc.
I prefer a fork that has lockout as I prefer to lockout the front fork when riding on pavement. I do NOT want an overly aggressive riding position since I will use the bike to ride with my young son who rides very slow.
I have chosen the Hardrock Sport as a starting point. I am not familiar enough with Jamis to know which of their bikes would compare to the HardRock.
Which bikes are comparable to the HardRock as to 1) price range and 2) level of bike?
Local stores carry Giant, Jamis, Fuji, and Cannondale.