I plan on riding about 90% road/bike path and 10% trail.
6ft tall and 195lbs
1) I was initially leaning more to cyclocross for speed and distance, but enjoyed the upright feel and smooth ride of the 29er ride on the street/sidewalks...took these both for a test ride at my preferred LBS.
57cm on sale for $800:
Bikes | Road | Cyclocross | SOLO CX
18.5 inch on sale for $850
Bikes | Mountain | XC Hardtail | TRAILHEAD 29''
2) For about the same price I could get the GT Karakoram 2.0 at my local performance bike shop. Me being a total noob, I couldn't tell the difference when riding compared to the Trailhead 29er. But has a cooler paint job! ha!
2012 GT Karakoram 2.0 29er Mountain Bike - Mountain Bikes
3) And just to make it more confusing the third option of the Airborne Guardian shipped+built at my LBS would come out around to the same price too. But no test ride for this option, so fit would be in question.
Airborne Bicycles. Guardian
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