Hi, 7 or 8 years ago I got a basic "klunker" mountain bike and used it on some of the trails we have up here in the Adirondacks. But, as it had zero suspension, the bumps, ruts and roots beat the **** out of me!
I know that technology has advanced hugely in the last few years . I'm a "Clydesdale"-type and have seen the last of my 50's, but I'm in decent shape and want to get another mountain bike to use on the trails. So what features do I look for to get a decent bike with out spending 3-5 grand? Full suspension or just the front forks? I'm not intending on doing any jumps or wild stuff, just something I can take out on trails and single tracks and feel like I haven't been beaten with a baseball bat when I finish.