I am new to mountain biking and was considering building my own mountain bike from scratch, or possibly getting a fully built one. My intrests are something like a XC Hardtail, which can handle small drops, and maybe be taken to some of the big eastern mountains (NH/Vermont) for a little downhill. Anything come to mind?
Price range of: 300-850 in total
Possibly looking for a Specialized rockhopper/ Kona caldera type, or something with a little more spring or downhill ability.