:hmmm: So ive been into mountain biking for 2 months now, and with a bmx background, (ill be honest here). I cant afford to build a 5 grand dh machine right now, but i slowly want to build a nice hardtail with a bmx feel to it. Call me crazy but i dont plan on getting a fs dh bike anytime soon, regardless of what trails im riding. Im riding an entry level Marin pioneer trail disc rite now, and im beating the crap out of that thing. Im used to beating the crap out of my fbm 20" so im not sure how much longer my Marin will last! =(. All in all, i have NO idea what brands are out there (frame wise) to start at for a hardtail free ride.. Ive searched posts but havent found much. All i ask, is brands brands brands! When i mean free ride, i mean something thats more or less a 26" bmx bike with front shocks and gears, can take a hell of a beating, and still get me up and down trails.