I hope you don't mind answering some questions for somebody new to the sport.
I am looking to get my first good mountain bike. Other then the one my parents bought me when I was a kid from a department store. I have been looking at my local bike shops and the internet and I still cannot come up with a conclusion on what bike to get. I guess I am looking for a few good tips so I can narrow down my search a little faster. So I can get out there and ride.
I am planning to use the bike for commuting to and from work. Actually what I really want to do is hit the trails. So I am looking for a bike that can climb and descend hills with the best of them. The price of the bike would have to be around $1000, I don't really want to pay alot more then that. I talk to people and they have told me that a really good hardtail with good components, rather then getting a okay full suspension bike.
I am just looking for good advice, please help.