I would like to start mountain biking, mostly to get back in shape. Anyway, I haven't ridden a bike in years, and I'm kinda confused as to what bike is going to best fit me, so I thought I'd start here and get some opinions.
I'm 6'4, 300 lbs (pass the cupcakes), and realize I probably need a larger bike than the average human. I've heard something about a brand of bikes called "Giant" but that is about as much info as I have on the subject. I'm fairly "limber" and athletic for my size (used to play football), I don't know if that matters when choosing a bike.
I'd like a mountain bike, and I'd prefer to spend less than $500. I don't need anything fancy, just a base model or whatever to get me up and riding and into the activity. Any help or advice to get me started would be much appreciated. Thanks alot.
You would do well with a burly hardtail, MacDaddy...DaddyMac. (can I call you KrisKross?)
If you're gonna hit the trails and expect your bike to hold up for a while, you will need to invest in a good bike.
What's your budget?
I have a few ideas to recommend, but not until I know what you wanna spend.
(if I were to build you a bike at a moderate price level...
-21" Fisher Biggun's frame
-Rockshox Argyle fork
-LX HT2 crankset
-XT/Rhyno Lite wheels with Alpine III spokes
-Easton EA70 bars
-Rocket V saddle
-Avid Juicy3/5 brakes 185mm F/ 160mm R
You're looking at a lower 30lb bike that will handle your weight for trail riding.
...this is my dream for you.)
As for a pre-assembled bike from the manufacturer (cheaper)...we'll see what your budget is.
I'm thinking something like a Fisher Mullet($850) or Opie($475) / Kona Hoss($1100) type of thing...only because the Komodo doesn't come in a 21" frame.