I'm looking to get into Mountain biking for the first time. I used to ride bmx street/park before I had kids but, still find myself very comfortable and brave on a bicycle. I know right now I'm looking into a hardtail, still on the fence on the 26er or 29er and my price range is 600 or below.
With all that being said, my local trails aren't very aggressive, some DH, some flat. Also, my size may play a role, I'm 6'2" and 215lbs. I need something that is going to handle that but, still be rather affordable. I know a LBS can help me with a lot of these questions but, I really just wanted some opinions on what brands and sizes to look at from some people that have nothing to gain!
Any suggestions would be highly appreciated! Thanks!