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I am 5'7", 200lbs, like walks on beach...oops...wrong site. Seriously, I would appreciate your input to my dilemma of determining which bike to purchase. I have been out of riding for years, though I have a road bike with minimal miles. I also have some lower back issues.

Dilemma: Specialized RH Exper 29er, Specialized RH Comp 29er, or Trek 6000.

I am leaning toward the 29er in either 15.5" or 17" frame for smoother ride and better control over obstacles (thinking of lower back issues). I have ridden all three and they ride/stop/shift good.

I know there is a different (preference) in components. However, any personal experiences or incites would be appreciated.

Thanks...
 

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I would not buy a hardtail, esp with your back issues. Yes a 29er is better than a HT 26 but it will still beat you up more than a FS. Buy a used full-suspension if your budget won't allow you to move up into a new FS bike.

Just my 2 cents... Good luck.
 

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Two good pieces of advice IMO. I don't have lower back issues but a full-suspension bike is a lot more comfortable if you plan to ride over obstacles. Exploring the trails on a hard tail probably made me a better rider but I will be doing for longer on my full suspension.
 

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I've had 2 lower back surgeries and 1 upper and would also recommend a full suspension bike vs hardtail. Supporting Mlevinson's post. My back feels much better after riding my full suspension bike in comparison to feeling a little stiff and beat up after riding my hardtail. Just my two cents, good luck with your decision.
 
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