I have been riding BMX trails for a long time, since I was 10 or 11 I think (I am 20.) I picked up a cheap Schwinn S-25 to bring to college for tripping around town, I didn't want my hand built BMX bike to get stolen in the area my school is in.
Basically this is my predicament, I have really gotten into downhill riding (up the paved road, down the switchback) and I have always been into "extreme" sports and ride halfpipe all winter on skis so I naturally ride my bike pretty hard. I basically spend 3 hours riding, 3 hours repairing at this point, it really isn't worth it.
I am 6'1" 240 and have a very muscular build. I need to keep my weight for football and ultimate fighting so don't tell me to get skinnier It's not gonna happen.
I came here to see what $400 or so could get me in a bike my size that can handle my weight and overall strength. I want to be able to push it on the trails and not worry about keeping it too close to the ground to avoid destruction and injury on landing. I would prefer a hardtail but if there is a very stiff dual suspension that is recommended I would go that route too. My crappy Schwinn is damn near impossible to ride uphill on pavement, let alone in any sort of loose dirt, too mushy on the suspension.
Thanks in advance! Sorry about the long and rambling post.
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