New member here looking to get back on the trails after 6 years of stay-at-home dad. Currently 45y/o, 6'3"/270 looking to drop 30-40lbs. Want to upgrade from aluminum hardtail to full suspension for all-around trail riding and maybe get back into local racing. No hucking.
I'm looking at an 2002 Giant AC Air Lite (size L) I've found for $900. The bike has about 40 miles on it (street use only), and appears to be in excellent condition. It's got XT/XTR derailers, Hayes hydraulic discs, Mavic F519 wheels, RS Sid XC rear shock and RS Psylo SL fork (very stock). I can see a small dent on the RH chainstay, but everything else appears to be in great shape.
The front shock seems soft for my weight, but it looks like I can buy firmer springs for the Psylo. I didn't check the air pressure in the rear shock, but it seems to support me. When I rode it, the suspension was in the shortest setting.
I'd appreciate any opinions and feedback from the Clyde collective on this bike. Not having any experience in FS bikes, I'm looking for a little guidance in selecting a decent FS bike for less than $1500. From the reviews I've read, the AC was relatively well received by riders, many of which seemed to be larger sized. It looks heavy, but doesn't fell heavy at all. In this price range, none of the new FS bikes I've looked at seemed very impressive.
Thanks in advance for the help!
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