Ok, I'm a very light guy and I want to buy a bike that I can mess around on doing a few drops etc (probablys nothing greater than 5ft to flat or 15ft to slope... yes, I'm a wuss), but also something that if I feel inclined I can enter some races, probably XC or endurance, and at least be midly competative. Yes, I know it's about the motor, but no matter who's on it, a downhill bike ain't gona be getting podiums in an XC race.
Anyways, enough rambling. What I'm really wondering is if because I'm such a light guy I can get away with a lighter weight frame/shorter travel suspension when it comes to drops or even rock gardens etc than a heavier rider would.
Either way what suspension travel would you recommend, and would you say a hardtail or full suss would be better? I've heard the thing that if you need to ask if you need rear suspension, then you don't need it. If it helps at all I could probably get some pics of the stuff I normally ride/like riding, but it won't be for a while.
Thanks in advance for any help.