Been out of the sport for about 2 years and finally ready to get back into it. I sold my bike in college because of the load I was taking, but now have the time again and miss it like hell. Anyway, I used to ride GT, but I've been looking at Giant, Gary Fisher, and Trek now. I'm a tall rider at 6'5 and weigh about 245lbs (got into heavy lifting when i stopped biking). I've heard great things about the Gary Fisher Genesis geometry for tall guys so that's why I'm considering it.
I'm definite on getting a hardtail and looking to keep the price below $1000 if possible. Here are the three I'm looking at:
Giant Rainier ($700)
Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo ($799)
Trek 6700 ($850)
The Rainier seems to be the best bang for the buck, although I haven't ridden it for extended trials. The Gary Fisher has the Genesis tech. And the Trek comes in a 21.5inch frame.
Any suggestions or experiences would be great. Thanks.