newbie all the way
currently looking for a mountain bike - having never owned one. Have did a lot of research over the past 2 months and bike ride tests as well as going to every bike in this entire city. I consider myself adventurous, never scared to try anything new, and someone with athletic ability. Currently I skate recreational, and outdoor race (have landrollers) but bikes are relatively new to me. I've narrowed some bike brands to Scott, GT, and Titus although it seems there are limited availability for size small and extra small full suspension or ht mountain. I was looking for any mountain bike not from a big box company but one not too pricey (since I'm breaking into this), less than 30 pounds (I'm about 80 pounds and short). It seems like most of the sellers here are pressed to sell me something, but I don't want to dish out money for something I don't feel good about. Of course the bikes I have absolutely loved are way beyond what I want to pay since this is my first so called bike.