6 foot 330 pounds looking to back in the wind and shed some weight (pavement and easy dirt trails). Been perusing this forum and find it most insightful and inspiring. So thank you all in advance!
Based on my research here it seems that everyone concurs that wheel integrity is an especially important factor for larger riders. As such, I have mostly narrowed it down to two bikes in my price range that I'd like to test ride at my LBS
Trek 3500 Disk 3500 Disc - Trek Bicycle
Specialized Hardrock Disk SE 26 Specialized Bicycle Components
The 3500 has a 36 spoke wheel set with single walled rims, and the Hardrock has a 32 spoke wheel set with double walled rims.
Per others suggestions in this forum I plan to ride whatever bike stock until I experience failure, (due to my current budgetary constraints).
So, before test riding, I am hoping to get some opinions on which is more important, more spokes, or more rim??
Any further insight to this noob is most greatly appreciated. Thanks!
P.S. to make things even more confusing, since I've also read that front suspension isn't always the best bet for heavy riders, I am also considering something along the lines of the Trek 8.1 DS 8.1 DS - Gary Fisher collection - Trek Bicycle
32 spoke wheel set, with double walled rims, BUT a 700c instead of 26... even with the rigid fork, is this even worth considering?