Pint-Sized Gnar Shredder
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Somewhere between heaven and hell
Bikes: '09 Jamis Komodo, '09 Mirraco Blend One, '08 Cervelo P2C, '08 Specialized Ruby Elite, '07 Yeti AS-R SL, '07 DMR Drone
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You'll do well with a hardtail. Normally, with a budget of $1000, I'd start telling people to start looking into entry level FS's, but I don't like my FS for the pump track since it's not quite as responsive, and an FS built for that kind of riding is going to break your budget. Since your primary riding is trails, but you want it to be able to handle jumping, I'd recommend going AM HT. They're a bit heavier than an XC HT (probably 30-35 lbs or so), but they're slacker and more playful, and burlier and can put up with more abuse. On the other hand, they're lighter than a FR HT and have better geometry for trail riding than a DJ. Examples of complete AM HT's in your pricerange are bikes like the GT Chucker 1.0, Brodie Bruzza, and Jamis Komodo II. Lots and lots of frames available, but they require building up and a bit more money.