What is it that I really need? A Freeride or XC hardtail?
Well, I spend a lot of time in dirtjumps, drops and stuff like that (in fact me, my cousins a bunch of their friends are making some nice jumps and stuff in his house) but I do trails and XC stuff a lot too, its nothing serious on either sides, just recreational, but I would like to do both, what would be better, a Freeride hardtail (like the Giant STP series) or an XC Hardtail (like KHS's Alite series) to fit both my needs, I don't want optimal frame geometry or components made for it (I can adapt to it just fine to do both), I just don't want my fork/frame/components getting serious damage from doing something its not supposed to and damaging my bike.
I'm leaning towards a traditional XC hardtail like the KHS Alite but I'm wondering if I will cause any damage to it from dirt jumping with it, I don't want bikes like the STP or KHS DJ because their geometry seems too (how to describe it) angular and I didn't like riding my friend's STP3/2 well I don't know how to explain it but you know what I mean while I'm completely in love with my cousin's Rockhopper Comp (I used it for dirtjumping and had absolutely no problems with it, I like it so much I think I'm getting a basic Rockhopper for the frame alone and upgrading it as time goes).
Well, basically, my question in the end is? What are the cons of recreational dirtjumping/drops on an entry level XC Hardtail like a KHS Alite, Specialized Rockhopper/Hardrock, Trek 4300/4500, etc, etc?
Well sorry for being such a noob and while we are at it, what do you think is essential equipment? I know gloves and helmet are one as well as the essentials such as spare tubes, multitool, etc but what about clothing? I usually ride with blue jeans (I put a rubber band around my leg to prevent the pant from getting stuck in the crank and ripping) and a light jersey (plus gloves and helmet).