So, I have a dilemma.
First off, I am a 6'8" 265lbs Mountain biking addict (newly). I bought a cheap 21 inch frame mountain bike from Sports Authority, then broke it, then bought a 24" Hard tail TREK 8500 with 26" wheels. As I continued to ride, I found that the TREK was a bit off balanced on the 26" wheels, and me up so high in the air. Not to mention it looks odd with its big frame and little tires.
So, I got the wife to buy into the idea of me buying a $2500 bike . I demo'd a 21 inch full suspension 29r, and with a few longer parts, it seems to be a 90% solution for my height.
Today my bike shop emailed me the following thoughts:
"I was thinking again last night about your fit and I wanted to take a look at another option. I called Gunnar 29er bikes and they make a 29 XXL frame for $800.00. This is a cr-moly (Steel) Hardtail frame. I do think the steel frame would be more compliant than alloy and with the 29er wheels it would feel more like a soft tail. The XXL works out to be 23". A full build would with disc brakes and Rockshox 29er fork would be $1299.99. (Happy wife price!) In addition you could run a Cane Creek Suspension seat post if you felt the hard tail was too stiff."
So, knowing my history, I would really appreciate any ideas on what I should do. I really want a full suspension, but I really want to fit on the bike as well. I looked into ZINN custom bikes, which would be perfect, if I had another 5K to blow on a bike (which I do not
Thanks for your time and advice!
Riding all over Maryland now!