I hope this question isn't too subjective or open-ended, but I would like to know what I should look out for when buying a beginner mountain bike.
My aim is to ride off-road and downhill tracks, but I don't know what type of bike I should be looking at.
Should I look at a hardtail or do I get a second hand full suspension bike?
Are there specific brands that I should look out for or stay clear of?
Any other tips that you might have would also be greatly appreciated.
As per the comment below I am adding some more details.
The trails that I am looking at is more the foresty type single tracks. The way I am going to get to the top will be to take a back-route that is more open view.
For all intensive purposes the forest scenario will be ridden the majority of the time, but I will surely do open view rides as well.
With the current exchange rate as it is I would say that my budget is roughly in the $1000 range.