Hey guys I am looking to buy a mountain bike and am looking for some advice. Doing research shows there are tons of different types of bikes. I see XC, Freeride, Downhill, Trail, All mountain, DJ, 4x, etc...
Ideally I want to do local trails to me. Anyone familiar with NYC I am talking about Highbridge Park, Wolfes Pond Park, and Cunningham Park. Anyone familiar with Long Island I am talking about Stillwell Woods, Greenbelt, and Bethpage as well as all other trails local to me.
It seems like any hardtail would be up to the task but my questions come in when it comes to dirt jumps and the "pump track" at Cunningham Park. Can a regular hardtail handle that? I was also looking at the DJ and 4x bikes but they are usually single speed which I am not interested in.
What would be the best geared trail bike that can also handle jumps and such?
Budget is around $1000.
Any info would be great. Thanks.