Alright, I'm ready to take the plunge.
After living in Boston and messaging on an old, Miele mess of a single speed, I'm ready to return to Vermont and pick up mountain biking. My road bike will stay active, but it's Vermont for God's sake. Take to the hills!
My ideal would be to get a nice single speed, but I need to ask a couple of questions first:
1.) I'd prefer to go for no suspension. Would that be jumping in over my head, given that I have no experience in mountain biking?
2.) This is even more a matter of opinion: Build or buy complete? I know I could save a lot of money building, but I don't know how much I trust myself to put together something as functional, simple, beautiful and fast as I would like. Who should I look to for complete bikes? Parts? Keep in mind, I'm trying to spend $400 or less (which should get me a decent single-speed, eh?).
Thanks a lot. I'm looking forward to getting much more into this forum...