I'd suggest a 29er, as its a more versatile package imo. I've ridden all of the Specialized ranges of hardrocks thru stumpjumpers (all pretty much the same geo) and own a carbon 29er stumpjumper. The 21" version fits my 6'2" with 33" inseam pretty darn good. I'd suggest whatever is most comfortable for you as any 29er mtn bike will be fine in that range. Definately check out last year specials and demos - heres just a few I found in my area in about 2 mins:
Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29 Black/White 21” 11 - $990 - sale $799
Specialized Rockhopper Expert 29 Single Speed 23” 09 - $1100 sale $699
Not exact, but you get the idea. There are so many deals out there on last years models its pretty silly to buy brand new.
Check out Craigslist to man - tons of deals
Last edited by maidenfan; 02-26-12 at 07:42 PM.