I am looking to purchase a bike for fitness driving on mostly crappy paved roads and hard packed gravel roads. price range is $6-700. I am 6ft 265
Bikes I have been looking at include the devinci wellington650 or khs urban extreme599 in the non mountain bike variety and the Gt karakorum 2.0 599 or specilaized hardrock sport 29 599 in the 29er.
In your friendly opinions do i need a bike with a front suspension to drive on the crappy rough roads.
The LBS all have different opinions on this. I cant take any for a test drive as there is still lots of snow around the shops are just transitioning from skiing season.