Not really sure if here or Mountain Biking is the best place to ask this question but anyway I used to do a lot of Mountain Biking years ago. I have an old Hardtail Fisher with slicks but it's got low level componentry and is pretty tired, it makes a good Urban Beater and easy trail rider. I recently did a few days on easy single track in North Alabama with the slicks on it.
I'd like to get a more capable Mountain Bike sometime in the near future. A couple years ago I bought a Trek 4300 Disc and it was the biggest pile I've ever ridden. It was heavy, never stayed in tune (shifted poorly) the discs squeeked all the time and just generally pissed me off everytime I rode it. With all the preload cranked into the fork I could nail some small 12" drops and it didn't feel too soft. But I sold the bike 'cause I hated it so much, it was also too big for me as well.
Since I have a nice cross bike for the pavement I'd never really ride the bike anywhere but on the trails. While I do currently live where there's limited extreme mountain biking I may be relocating to the actual mountains. I am an agressive rider on a 250 MX bike in the woods and do some MX tracks recreationally and do race a harescramble or 2 a year in C class. So I'll be riding the Mountain Bike pretty hard. On the MTB currently I'm whooped after less than 10 miles but I'm building my fitness level back up by riding the roadie as much as possible.
My biggest concern is that being a Clyde (Currently @ 6' 1" and #245) that the full suspension Mountain Bike will be bottoming out too easily. Even if I get down to my ideal weight I'll still be at 200+.
Are there any other Clydes riding FS bike? Should I just stick to a Hardtail? I've heard that the FS bikes are just a dream to ride especially going fast downhill.