I'm a clydsdale at 250 and 6'4" and I'm shopping for my new bike, replacing my single speed 29er. I love the SS but I like to put longer miles on and the limited speed on flats on a single speed is frustrating (and I would prefer not to walk up the climbs as much as I have to on the ss). Anyway, I've always riden a hardtail since the late 80's.
I ride in an area that has pretty steep switch back riding and great single track downhill. I do a lot of xc riding in rocky areas as well. My last ride there on my ss (full rigid) I lost my water bottle due to the rough ride and it beat up my arms and hands bad. But front suspension will come on either option.
My budget is ~$2000 and I can get a pretty sweet hardtail 29er for that amount. Stumpjumper, Trek/Gary Fischer Paragon,
My LBS showed me the Giant Anthem 29x 3 with SLX and Fox shocks and said that's what I need. ~$2300. I can make the budget work but is it time to make the switch to full suspension? For the $ I get lower level components with full suspension than hardtail but will it make my rides faster and more fun? Will it be frustrations on the flats and pavement getting to/from my rides?
Any other die hard hardtailers made the switch recently that can contribute? Pros and cons? I've never riden a full suspension bike so I just don't know....help.
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