I am looking for an entry level mountain bike. I plan on using it on real mountain bike trails, not just unpaved trails and greenways.
Specifically, here's what I'd like:
- good shifters/derailleurs that generally change gears in a predictable fashion
- good front suspension
- rear suspension would be nice if I can get it without entering the "prohibitively expensive" zone, which for me is basically the four-digit range (maybe $1500 if it's too good to pass up)
- not opposed to a used bike
- it's ok if the bike isn't super light or made of the same stuff as the space shuttle
And are there some important considerations that I'm totally missing? The purpose of the bike would be to noodle around some of the excellent trails in Utah County, so the bike would take a bit of a beating from time to time.