For my first full season of mountain biking, I have decided to purchase a 29er. Due to price range, test riding, and availability my favored local bike store I have decided I am going to purchase a Cannondale Trail SL 29'er.
Right now, I am leaning toward the SL 2 model - This guy here. For reference, this is the other model I am considering.
The question here is whether I'm going to, with my weight (280-300ish), destroy the air fork (really, an air fork in general) on the nicer model. I'd really rather have the 9-speed setup, hydraulic brakes, etc...but I'd also rather not blow my fork apart on the trail.
(If there's a primer on this, I would super appreciate a link - I've been doing a bit of googling/forum searching and have not found it.)