So im a new user to the forum, just found this place and it looked informative.
A bit about me and my riding plans. New mountain biker, long time bmxer as a kid/teen. Have gotten really fat since those times though, I'm 6' 5" and 280 lbs that is completely out of shape with a bad lower back and neck. I'm looking at an all purpose bike thats comfortable, need it as a commuter, short trail exploration and eventually a long distance trail bike. Budget is preferred at or around $750, new bike preferred. Looking at a early January purchase.
Commute 5.5 miles each way without any stops. Lots of rain in the area, Portland Oregon. Tires will be changed to semi slicks.
Short trails are usually around 7.5 miles but I'm not sure what kind of riding it is yet.
Long trails will be both on and off road, lets say 50+ miles with hills.
Local department store is getting rid of their 2010 stock and they have this bike going for ~$750 in the 19" sizing.