Looking for advice on a new bike
Long time lurker, first time poster looking for some advice. Currently riding an 04 Giant NRS which has served me well the last few years but am looking for something lighter. Here's a few stats and what I am looking for.
Price range: under $3000
My stats: age 28, 5'9 175lbs
Type of riding: No jumps, drops, or extreme downhill. I like to do some longer rides(hence the interest in something light). I typically ride intermediate/techincal type trails, but don't do any drops, jumps or extreme downhill. Half of my riding is typical cardio(asphalt) but I am more interested in off road performance.
What type of bike I am looking for: Ideally something weighing in the low 20's. I'm still undecided between hardtail and full suspension. For under 3K what are my options? What bikes would be good for the type of riding I do.
Sorry for all the noob questions but any advice would be greatly appreciated.