I'm pretty much a noob. I haven't ridden a bike in probably 10 years or so, but I would like to get back into it. I'll mostly be road biking, but I want to get a mountain bike with some versatility so I can also go on dirt trails and not have to worry about pot holes and rocks.
I'm in Tucson, AZ, a desert. I'm 6'3" and about 290 lbs.
Due to some poor planning on my part, I need a bike by Saturday. I am taking my kids to a Bike Rodeo where there will be light dirt trails, nothing too rocky. My kids already have bikes, but I don't own one. I'm going to buy a new one locally, and I went around to a bunch of shops in town today. I think a 29" hardtail is my best bet because of my size and the type of riding I will be doing.
I have it narrowed down to these two. I wanted to spend far less than this, but it seems like if you want a 29", this is about as bottom of the barrel as you can get without going to WalMart. Can you guys recommend one over the other? Or if I'm way off base, let me know that too. I'd love to hear any and all opinions! Thanks!
Trek Wahoo, $579.
GT Karakoram 3.0 Hydraulic, $599.
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