OK, here goes. Im 35 years, 6'4", 260 lbs. and havent ridden a bike in over 15 years. I also was a pack a day smoker for most of those and quit over 3 years ago. After doin some research Ive narrowed it down to these two bikes.
http://www.diamondback.com/bikes/mtn.../overdrive-10/ for $650
http://2009.fujibikes.com/Mountain/2...hoe29Comp.aspx for $699
The Fujis fork only has 80mm travel compared to the DBs 100mm (even though theyre both Dart 3.) Will I notice the 1 inch of missing travel? Also the Fuji is an '09. Doesnt matter to me. It looks pretty badass.
The only problem is the LBS website lists Fuji as 19" frame and thats the only size left, but Fuji website lists frames as S, M, L. Fuji is also $50 more, but a better value as its MSRP is $999.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.