I'm posting this here because you guys probably are the best source of information about this bike on the forum.
I'm looking to buy a new frame (currently riding a Trek Multitrack) for the all-new components I'm currently running or planning to buy. The bike will be largely recreational on multi-use bike paths and possibly some casual (ie, not fast) road rides with a local group. I'll never commute and I have no plans to do any type of touring. However, my current weight is 400 lbs so the oversized, thicker tubing of the LHT appeals to me.
My primary concern is whether the LHT will feel too sluggish for me. I know the weight difference isn't really a factor but the really low bottom-bracket and the long chainstays are new to me and I only have a theoretical understanding of how they will affect the ride. I'm thinking that given the head-tube angle and the rake (72 degrees and 45 mm) of the fork on the LHT, it may actually feel more "lively" than my Multitrack (71.5 degrees and 40mm).
I've read a lot of comments about the sluggishness of the bike but I suspect most of those are coming from dedicated road guys who are used to really racey geometry.
I don't ride at a casual pace but instead, prefer to push myself and I really like a lot of curves, twists and small ups-and-downs in the terrain I ride. I'll be running it with rise MTB bars and MTB components.
I guess I'm looking for some comfirmation that I wouldn't be buying a bike that is only good for riding in a long straight line while being comfortable.
I appreciate any input you guys might have.
I will note that I considered a Cross Check and in absolute terms, it might be the best choice but it isn't that much different than my current bike and I really want a new one!