hey i am new to the mtb scene and found the forum and have been reading and decided to post. i have been a dirt jumping bmx rider since i was like 12 never thought i would get off of a little 20 inch bmx. well i got married and wanted to ride with my wife but the bmx was holding me back on long road rides. i did not want to give up dirt worthyness though so i ran out and bought a bike from *****. it is an iron horse maverick 1.2. after riding for 2 weeks i came across an off road trail off of the w and od well i jumped on it and road and after 1 ride i am now hooked. i realize this bike will not take me to far so i want to get a new one already i will give that one to my wife she dosnt ride hard like me.
i started going to local stores and all tell me something different but i have been recommended a specialized rock hopper and a marin northside trail. both have good reviews and i assume it will come down to riding to decide.
so any opinoins on the 2 would be helpful and also i am 6'2 220lbs so i know i will need a good stout front shock to absorb my weight i also come from bmx so i just realized u can get smaller frames so everyone tells me i need 19 or bigger but i was looking at the smaller 15 and 16 cause they fit more like my bmx but with bigger tires. what are the advantages of bigger and smaller frames. that is all for now i have alot of reading to do on this forum it looks like.
oh yeah and i live in ashburn va the 2 shops i have been working with are spokes etc and pedal shop anyone know anything about those 2 shops?
thanks for having a nice forum and i hope to spend lots of time here and on the trails.
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