Hello! I've been lurking long enough, I guess... Time for my first post here.
My name is Chris. I've been out of the loop on mountain biking for about 10 years now, and I'm getting ready to pick up a new bike. My last bike was a Trek 8XX series. I can't believe how far bikes have come since I bought that one. $800 +/- out the door, and there was no suspension at all. In fact, half the features you can now find on entry level bikes were only found on the $1,000+ bikes back then.
But anyhow... Moving on.
I am in the market for an entry level hardtail. I've done a lot of reading and poking around the Local bike shops, and that helped to narrow my choices down a lot... but I am still undecided. As of right now, my decision is between the 2011 Trek 3700 Disc and a 2010 Specialized Hardrock Disc. I've been out of the loop long enough so half the specs don't really mean much to me at the moment... which is where I am hoping the members here can lend a hand.
I live in central Florida, so the trails are primarily flat. To be honest, I just moved here, so I still don't know exactly how they are. I get a little rough with bikes from time to time, but for the most part, I wouldn't describe myself as an overly aggressive rider.
I'm rather overweight... for now. Current weight is 275lbs. I plan on being about 75 lbs lighter by mid-summer, though. I'm 5' 11".
My price range is around the $450 mark.
Not sure what else to say, so if there is anything else I've missed, let me know. I'd love to hear opinions and advice on anything and everything anyone has to offer.
Thanks in advance.