I like taking my 05 Hardrock Sport on trails and around town through dirt and rocks at construction sites (after quitt'n time). I hit some low jumps as they occur on the trails and around, but nothing impressive. Nothing over about 3ft...yet .... Stairs if I could find any close by that are more than 4 steps .Working on riding wheelies...getting better. Damn that bike is fun to ride. I'm still pretty green when it comes to mtn biking.
Ok now I pretty much described what I currently do with my bike. I'm curious about hardtail freeride/dirt jump bikes(Specialized p2,p3, Kona Scrap). These look like they would be fun to ride. I haven't ridden one of these type of bikes yet. I know they can handle alot more abuse than my Hardrock. Does that come at a price? (besides $$$$). They look light. Would they be good for an all around bike like my Hardrock? What are the downsides?