Couldn't have said it better myself!dejacky said:The Ellsworth Truth I demoed was great, but... I would like the bike to be able to handle some fun... and not break.
Dave Weagle's dw-link suspension design pedals well without a platform shock -- you'll get a supple, compliant ride on even the smallest stuff, yet get the solid, "no bob" suspension you desire.
Look for the dw-link on the '04 Hollowpoint, and on the '05-'06 Azure (XC - 3.5"), MkIII (All Mountain / light FR - 5") or 7Point (FR - 7").
None of those are going to hit your $1000 price point brand new, but the '05 Azure Comp and MkIII have compe pretty close at places like Randal Scott (www.RSCycle.com) and Performance.
Oh, disc brakes aren't a weight weenie item -- most of us gladly take the small weight penalty discs add, in trade for the increased braking control & stopping power. I don't know what kind of hills you're riding, but at your weight, you'll probably appreciate a couple of rotors bolted to your wheels.