I've been taking my time looking and trying out some bikes (my budget is 1k so I want to make the right decision) and I'm pretty sure that I want to go the "Dual Sport - front suspension" route since I plan on taking my bike into some light trails (30%) and the rest paved streets and paths.
Problem is I can't get myself around what exactly is the difference between adding 700c tires to a 29er mountain bike vs a (say) Specialized Crosstrail??
Is the geometry and gearing that different to tell them apart? The other thing is that I'm not a tiny guy 6"3 and 230lbs so would the typical 50mm to 75mm forks be enough for me or would the traditional 100mm travel of a 29er be better?
Any insights would be appreciated!