I began MTBing back in the mid 80's in Central America while in the military. I jumped from riding the jungle to rock hopping and down hilling back in my home state of Pennsylvania and upstate NY.
The past 9yrs I have been stuck in the desert country here in El Paso, TX.
Soft sand and cactus have been my only obstacles and my Trek 4300 is more than enough for this terrain.
Here's where your help is needed:
I never quite lost the bug for real riding but I have lost touch with what's what in the industry.
I'm at a point where travel to mountainous areas is accessible on a regular basis and I am also considering a transfer back to the east coast.
Some of the bikes I have been looking at are:
Haro Extreme X3
Rocky Mountain Slayer 70
Trek Liquid 25
I don't wish to spend more than 2K right now.
Are there other bikes I should consider?
I don't mind spending the cash but I want the best bargain for the money I spend.
Thanks in Advance,