I just joined the forum today. I am returning to the biking world after an absence of many years. Things have changed for sure since I last rode in then mid 90s technology wise. Give you a perspective on how long it's been, disc brakes weren't even affordable mainstream. Now they are in my budget. Some back ground, due to some health issues that I would rather not get into I have gained a lot of weight - I am over 350 (trying to get it back in control- it's been a long road- please do not judge or put snide comments in here). I am a man trying to take back his health and weight, I need encouragement not hate- and I am pretty feisty with trolls (you have been warned ).
Doc was ecstatic when I told him about my Desiree to get a bike again. Now I am trying to narrow down the best one to get. I used to ride mt.bikes WAAAAYYY back and to be honest I have been gravitating back to them. I found a DiamondBack Overdrive Sport -29ner hydraulic brakes-disc - really nice bike and rode well. Only prob with the DB is the seat sucks- but I figure that can be changed easily. The DB has an aluminum frame- do those have a weight limit? I haven't really found any good source answer for that- What I don't want to do is plop down $600 on the bike and have it turn to junk on me fast.
About 2 hours ago I rode a Shift 3 -trek I believe - very nice bike lockout front suspension shock, 21 speed, shock absorber seat- great ride. This bike has solid 26 inch wheels
The advice I am looking for in comparing the 2 is how well does the DB hold up to my girth vs the shift? Both are great bikes and I am willing and able to fork down the $550 to $700 for a good quality bike - I am not going to walmart for this one! . I like the 29ner on the DB the best, given that I live in a more paved urbanish area I am not wondering if I might better be served in starting off with the Trek Shift 3? Portland also has some off road trails as well which is why I am leaning to the DB.
Lastly I am looking to cargo options- is it possible to attach sturdy cargo racks for to an aluminum frame bike like the DB and can you pull a trailer with it- long term my vision is to have the bike be a regular mode of around town and some off road transport so having saddle bags and option for a trailer are important to me. I realize this post has been long thank you for reading and I hope I make sense.