Im looking for a way to stay in shape and at the same time enjoy what im doing. I've always wanted to get into mountain biking. I used to be into dirt jumping wiht my Freeagent bmx bike. I would consider myself a pretty good rider. I've great balance (can ride a unicycle) and am great a bunny hops on my bmx bike. What I want is to buy a mountain bike that can take a beating, and is meant for riding dirt trails and the occasional jumps here and there. I live in Orange County CA, and basically in my back yard is the Aliso Creek Trail, which is a few miles long and runs to the beach. There are tons of side trails that are dirt and great for mountain biking. Can you guys give me suggestions on what type of bike I should get, or maybe just name the best brands like Specialized. I am looking at spending at around $300. Oh yea, does anyone know of any great bike shops near me?
Thanks in advance guys,