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    new bike for tall rider

    I curently have a 2007 Haro V1 and keep bottoming out the forks. I am 6'4" and 220 lbs. I thought about upgrading the fork, but have really been getting into biking intermediate/advanced level trails now. I am looking for a hardtail, and do not really do many drops, nothing more than a foot or two.
    I would rather get a new, better bike, rather than throw money into a bike that I paid $300 for. I was hoping that I can just upgrade my springs, however, at my LBS, they could not find any way to upgrade the springs for my RSTforks 191 T7. I might be OK finding a used or new fork for around $100 or so, but no more.
    Anyhow, my second option is to sell my bike, hopefully for about what I have paid for it, and use that towards a bike around $1000 or so.
    So far I am eyeballing several Gary Fisher bikes, both 26" and 29" bikes. I have read the benefits of 29" for clearing obstacles, but am unsure of the climbing penalty with the 29er.
    Can anyone give me some advice on decent bikes, about $1,000 for someone my size? My current Haro is a 22" frame, and fits nicely.
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    Rockhopper 29er.
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    I will research this, as I have seen several posts on this bike. In the mean time, any other comparable bikes in that price range? Any Gary Fisher or Trek, or are those a little higher priced? I am not looking to race, just have fun, but over some pretty rugged terrain, and single tracks.

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    +1 on the Rockhopper 29er.
    I switched this year from a 26" tire and XL frame to the Rockhopper 29er in the 23" frame and I am loving it. I'm 6'6" and 215lbs and finally feel like I fit on the bike. Since I switched to clipless pedals at the same time, climbing has improved, so I'm not sure how much of a penalty you take on climbing. In the end the other good things would probably make up for any slightly slower climbing. I would look around, and if you can find a 2008 Rockhopper, you will get a better front fork and usually a cheaper price. The Tora on the 2008 has the Solo Air adjustment and has never come close to bottoming out. The Dart 3 on the 2009 doesn't have the air adjustment, but has a stiffer spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDevilsCabanaBoy
    +1 on the Rockhopper 29er.
    I switched this year from a 26" tire and XL frame to the Rockhopper 29er in the 23" frame and I am loving it. I'm 6'6" and 215lbs and finally feel like I fit on the bike. Since I switched to clipless pedals at the same time, climbing has improved, so I'm not sure how much of a penalty you take on climbing. In the end the other good things would probably make up for any slightly slower climbing. I would look around, and if you can find a 2008 Rockhopper, you will get a better front fork and usually a cheaper price. The Tora on the 2008 has the Solo Air adjustment and has never come close to bottoming out. The Dart 3 on the 2009 doesn't have the air adjustment, but has a stiffer spring.
    +2 on the rockhopper 29er.

    I'm 6'6" 280lbs and for me, it is a night and day difference between riding a 29er and a 26er. the fit is MUCH better and I feel much more stable and comfortable on the bike. Now if I can just get some knee issues worked out I'll be set.
    Mark Jones

    2009 Specialized Rockhopper Expert Disc 29

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    Gary Fisher was on my shopping list when I was buying a bike. I shied away from them because the frames look a little fragile. I've seen posts on here about guys breaking their frames. I'm 6'4", 250 pounds on an FS Stumpy 29er. Haven't hurt it in ten months.
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    OK, I will keep that in mind. at 6'4", are you riding a 21" or 23" frame NYrr496?

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    XL, which I believe is 23.
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    I called my LBS Specialized dealer, and it seems the 21" frame will be the way to go. Being 6'4", I am on a 22" frame on my 26" current bike, fits me well.

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