I am just starting out in MTBing and wanted to introduce myself. Dont even have a bike yet but put one on Lay-a-way today. I tried out about 5 bikes and settled on a Specialized Hard Rock. Not sure how good of a bike that is but it felt really good to me. I live in Arkansas and have backpacked nearly all of the OHT and a little in the Buffalo area as well. I plan to ride the Syllamo as it isn't but a couple of hours from my home. I'm really excited about this new hobby/sport and hope to live through it. Anyone with any advice (I know I need a helmet) feel free to reply as I can use all the help I can get. Thanks.