Agreed. Especially if you want to ride the same bike on the streets. Spend $500 on a used hardtail and when the fork and parts wear out, replace them with better ones, which will up the performance and reduce weight. XT and X9 components are a great buy, and I've found the Race Face XC Evolve line is huge bang for the buck.Benno said:If you are new to riding don't start with a dual suspension. You will get more for your money with a hard tail, it will be lighter too and more fun to ride.