In my thread below you'll see I'm inquiring about a MTB for my kid. Well, we got that settled, so now it's my turn
I currently have a road bike, and it's just not good for tooling around with junior. Originally I was looking at hybrids like the Kona Splice, but now I'm thinking, I've already got a road bike, so why not get an actual mountain bike. We live near tons of great trails and fire roads, we go car camping a lot and can take bikes, etc. That said, this thing will still see plenty of pavement use.
I'm looking in the $500-600 range and finding that a lockout on the suspension seems to come with the higher priced bikes. Do I don't need it? My guess is it'll really be a benefit on the street, but I have no experience. Have only done a couple very brief test rides(will continue to do more), and never owned a bike w/suspension before. Any 2 cents appreciated.