Ok, so I'm 6'4" Close to 240lbs ready to ride. I've been doing some research the past few weeks, because I want/need to back into riding.
Up until the past few years I'ld never gone a year without owning a bike, but also never had one last longer than a few months. I've spent probably close to $2500 on 8 bikes or more over the course of my life... all have suffered fatal wounds. To be honest, they could all have been fixed, but either my budget, or just the fact the bike wasn't ever right in the first place, made me lose interest. I know my mistakes, I bought the cheap full suspension sports store bikes. It wasn't until recently that the door was open to what a real bike was by a friend of mine.
Now I recently found this website, and have been reading for a few days... but I have a few questions that I haven't been able to answer through other peoples posts.
I'm not a complete novice to riding a bike, but never had the opportunity to come across something I wasn't too worried about riding over. I also have never come across the jumps and natural terrain I have seen in pictures on here or on videos. I've always been a more urban rider or what I heard called "flatland" for old bmx guys. But I'm now extremely eager to find some local trail/freeride spots.
Throughout my research I had to basically start over. I have always just bought something out of haste, and now I wanted to know what I was getting into, since I planned on spending upwards of $2500 for one bike. I know nothing, no brands, no names, no terms, nothing. Just that I've enjoyed riding for years as just a form of therepy almost. I only know what I've picked up through reading and talking to a few people in the past few weeks.
I walked into my LBS a week ago, and the first bikes he pointed me at were the Reign X1 and the Reign 1. Both in my range. Depending on how I was going to ride the bike, being one weighed in at roughly 30lbs and the other at 38. I asked what else he would suggest, and he point out the specialized Bikes. Multiple bikes in their stable were in my range. But I liked the look of the Giants. Simply because of the fact they looked stronger than the bikes I'ld broke before. Better welds beefier tubes etc. Keep in mind I don't know my way around the multiple components of these bikes. The salesman told me that basically the bikes were the same. Hydro. disc brakes, mid range components, all capable of holding my weight and taking a beating. I walked out pretty much knowing I'ld be back for a demo on one of these bikes soon.
Ok, long back story. I'm sure I lost a few, hopefully somebody read this far...
Now I've read more on the Kona line, read a post on here, someone mentioned seeing a larger (6'5" 250lb) rider in Portland on a Coiler. Which is even more in my price range. And after the week I left the LBS, I found I might want something more heavy on the freeride side, just because of my weight. And knowing the I will want to huck my bike eventually, I like the idea of buying what I will grow into hopefully.
So, does anyone have a side by side comparison or just one side of this argument to compare? The Giant Reign X1 or 1 vs the Kona Coiler. Or even another angle I haven't seen? Any help would be great.
Thanks for making it through this extremely long post.
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