I would like to get started in the MTB scene. So for starters I need a bike. I am looking to get into some rough terrain, and trails, possably adventure races in the future. My problem is I am not sure what I am looking for or where I should look and how much I should spend. Should I be looking into a full suspension or is front suspension good enough. How about gears? How many is 24 enough, I should I be looking at 27. I don't want to go crazy expensive but I do want to be enjoyable. What about brands, and where would be the best place to find the right bike for the best deal. Should I be looking at my local bike shop, or would the internet be a better deal. What if I bought everything seperate and put it together myself.
Any help and advice would greatly appreciated so thank you in advance.