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I wasn't trying to be argumentative . I just considered that since he weighs 300lbs these may be more for comfort and/or durability and wasn't intending to assume they were strictly because he had a ramp in his backyard, as he included one bike for pavement. I guess the 2/3 wins.
Fair enough.... sorry I missed the one road bike in the list so I saw them all as hardtail trail bikes.
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How about that, it can hold the weight, easy to mount and dismount for a big guy...
Hey I need one of those so when I forget to un-clip at a stop I won't fall over.
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First off, I have 35 years professional experience in the bicycle industry. I managed shops for around 20 years, and currently have a side business repairing, building and fitting bikes for the last 15. I have also been riding and racing all types of bikes for the last 40 years.

The super fat tire bikes like the Moonlander are going to be a really drag on the street. Those fat tires have a ton of rolling resistance and will require a lot of extra work on the pavement. I would steer clear of those unless you are going for something for purely rough off road. They might seem cool riding them in a parking lot for a few minutes, but after some real time on them, they will drag you down. Not much fun, unless you are riding in sand, snow or really hard core off road.

I would not be too concerned about the specific manufacturer, there really isn't going to be much difference in quality in the price range you are looking at. I would be more concerned about the finding the bike that is spec'd right for you and fits you well. Whatever that may be?

I would not discount the 29ers. After buying my first 29er, I will never go back to 26 again. Those 29 inch wheels roll so much better than the 26.
I good strong 29er wheels should be just about as tough as a 26.
I cheaper wheel in either size will probably not hold up to off road use with a 300 lb rider.
The 29er would also allow you to use a wide range of tires and tire sizes depending on where you ending up riding the bike (primarily).

As far as the front fork is concerned, I would probably try and get a rigid fork. Suspension forks in that price range will not be up to the challenge of 300 lbs off road, and for on road, suspension forks are more of a liability than asset.
In order to get a suspension fork that is up to the task, you would need to blow most or your entire budget just on the fork. Probably something with 32mm stanchions, and air adjustable in order to adjust it for your weight.
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