I've been on the new bike search for months. Right now, I'm really leaning towards the Tallboy aluminum. However, I am looking for a little feedback from anybody who has been riding one of these in Oregon before I pull the trigger.

I have been on a hardtail 26" bike for years. I race a little short track and xc, but I do more just riding for fun. I know that I want to go to the 29" wheel size, and I think I want to go full-suspension. However, I don't want to end up with more bike than I need.

I will be turning 40 in a week. I'm about 5'10" and I weigh about 150 pounds.

Can anybody who lives in Oregon and rides on both the west side and the east side of the Cascades give me some input on how they like this bike for the area?