Just bought pretty much a starter bike (Haro V1) to basically make everything but the frame aftermarket. I used to BMX a lot in my earlier years and want to get back into the cardio shape I was in then...not to mention have a blast while doing so. Already ordered some new wheels (Shimano Deore XT/ SUN Rhyno Lite XL) and handlebars (Easton EA70). Probablly going to get some clipless pedals pretty soon and start practicing with those then hopefully my buddies and I are going to make a trip out to New Mexico and hit up some Moderate to Hard trails...anyway enough intro...no one is going to read this crap anyway...Late.
You might be surprised.... I only live about 10 miles south of you - probably not even that much. I dont do any mtb stuff anymore though. I stick to road bikes and recumbents now for triathalons and touring.