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    Hey everyone,

    I am needing to seriously get myself back into shape. I currently have a specialized fsr pro comp full suspension bike but I weight 260lbs now and am just too much of a load for the rear shock. I am wanting to try to drop at least 30-40lbs so my "goal" weight is around 220lbs. I'm in the market for a hardtail with a front shock that will be good for quite a bit of road riding(probably 80%) and probably 1-2 trail rides a week. I'ld like to stay somewhere int he $700-$1200 range. I have gone to three local dealers and looked at several bikes but the ones that I am currently most interested is the Trek 6700 with disk brakes($1100) and the Trek 8000($1500). I have looked at the specialized, gary fisher, trek, haro, and schwinn. That pretty much covers the dealers in my local area so I'ld like to try to stay with one of those.

    Can anyone recommend a bike for what I'm wanting to do? I know alot of people will probably suggest a lower end bike but I want to go a little higher than a bottom line bike because I do enjoy trail riding and as I get more in shape I'm sure I'll be doing more and more of it. Plus I'ld also like to have the 9speed rear end opposed to the 8 speeds that are on most of the bikes under 5-600. Thanks.

    -lee-

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    Aut Vincere Aut Mori Snuffleupagus's Avatar
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    Kona makes the Hoss series for big guys.

    I'm 210-215lbs depending on the day and the scale, and have no problems with my NRS (1400ish, depending on where you go). Most shocks have some way you can adjust them for your weight...additional/new springs, oil, air etc.

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    I am 250 to 280 and ride a bighit. Shock is fine.

    I second the hoss.

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    Hoss, it seems to be the popular choice among big guys here and theres a reason for it
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    Thanks for the info guys. I just checked Kona for a dealer in my area and they don't have one that is within 300 miles of my hometown. I'ld prefer something a little more local if possible.


    -lee-

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    What other brands are local?

    Also, you can look for used around your area.

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    how about the specialized rockhopper?
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    Disclaimer: I'm 425lb...I put unnormal loads on my bike. This should help you in answering any of my questions.

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    I was, note was 255 and I ride a cannondale jekyll fs with no problems at all, adjust the air and go. For hardtails any of the treks will be fine but there are others out there including giant, cannondale, etc.
    Just your average club rider... :)

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