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    Need help with bike purchase!

    Hi all,
    I am looking at buying a mountain bike, and need some help.
    I'm an old BMX'er (like 25 years ago...) who weighs 245#. I was very hard on bikes back in the day, (when I was a mere 225#) stretching chains, stripping gearsets, breaking cranks and frames, etc... I do not jump, and will mostly be doing fire trails and moderate to easy terrain, but will be putting a lot of force on the running gear.

    The bike I am looking at fits into my price range, and seems to have some fairly good equipment. But I need to know if ya'll think this will work for me:

    Specialized FSR Enduro Sport 4 link
    Rock Shox Judy XC fork,
    Fox Vanilla rear shock
    Shimano Deore XT running gear
    Avid V brakes
    Front wheel is a Rolf Satellite 26 x 2.1 with a Rolf hub (doesn't look like it has enough spokes!)
    Rear wheel is a Mavic x221 with a Shimano XT hub.

    Everything looks good, the bike has been rode lots but is fairly tight. It feels like an extensionI can get this one for $300, or a Rocky Mountain Soul hardtail with entry level equipment for $450. Any thoughts???

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    Anyone have an opinion which would work best??? Used Specialized or new low end Rocky mountain??

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    OK, I put the specialized on layaway, should have it in a few weeks. Thanks anyway....

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    Sounds like a good bike.
    I would of gone with specialized

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    Before riding the bike- Get the wheels checked for true and tension. At your weight you will be hard on wheels so be prepared to invest in some stronger ones.
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    Too late, stapfam! I already rode it! Well, not really, but I did take it out for a mile or so around the town. It was like an extension of my legs! My old BMX bike had that feel, but no other bike has come close till the Specialized. Very agile, quick, and responsive. The wheels are true, and I will have them tensioned. The front wheel looks fragile with the pairs of spokes. I will replace other parts as they break, but I think I will replace the front wheel before I take it on the first trail. Thanks for the heads up!

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