I've narrowed down my search. I'm a former bmx rider coming into the mountain bike world with a couple friends to start riding some trails... types of trails I want to ride are mostly singletracks with some small jumps and then I'd occasionally like to go to Diablo free ride park in NJ. My buddy just picked up a 2010 Trek 6700 its real nice but I'm not sure if i want to get a hardtail this year and upgrade to a full suspension next year or just get myself a full suspension now. Here's the bikes I can afford and tell me which you think will be good for a beginner mountain biker but I will be riding pretty hard.
#1 Motobecane 700DS
Gets awesome reviews has pretty good parts (would upgrade to hydraulic brakes) Good price.
#2 Motobecane Phantom Comp HT
#3 Used Iron Horse SGS Expert
#4 Cannondale F8 Disc
#5 Gary Fisher Advance Disc
#6 Gary Fisher Wahoo Disc
#7 Specialized P1 All Mountain Disc
#8 Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc
I know its a lot to look at but I dont know who else to ask and its a big purchase for me... My limit is really around $800 because I still have to buy gear after that. Please give your opinions or recommend some other bikes I have missed.