So, I am in the process of getting back into the mix of things after being out for quite some time and thought I decided on a Fisher Cobia 29'er, but then I started reading about the 26" vs 29" debate and am at a loss at where to start. I do not want to drop $1,200 ($1,500 is my buget and keep in mind, my LBS sells Trek, Fisher and Felt) into a bike and regret it later. I like the feel of both a 29'er and a 26'er before; but now I am at 300lbs and 6'1", 28-29" inseam (shorter legs, long torso). I also have four years of college ahead of me and do not have the money to buy another bike down the road. When I was at a lighter weight, I enjoyed the ride of dirt packed trails (xc), downhilling, as well as rugged terrain but can't quite afford to put the money into a nice full suspension 26'er (though, I did take a look at the Trek Fuel EX 5). I know that this is quite like asking who is democratic and republican and why, but I need the input, all is welcome. Thank you.