I'm just getting back into cycling. I love the woods and would like a bike for single track at the local bike park. I'm a 5'0" female. Would it make a difference if I bought 26" or 29" MTB? I'll probably only ever ride the beginner trails as i don't see myself doing anything wild.
Should I go rigid or hardtail? I definitely won't be buying a full suspension because I can't pay over $850 for a bike.
What kind and model of bike should I try and why?