As a newcomer to the sport, the cost of getting a decent bike seems crazy. I have been riding a used intro level hard tail cannondale 29er for the past year which has been awesome to learn on but want to move on to a full suspension next year. Have fallen in love with the sport and want to get more serious, do some riding in utah, other parts of Montana and just go faster in general.
Anyways, anybody have recommendations for any full suspension bikes that are $2500 and under? It is just insane to me that this price range is "cheap". Also when comparing bikes what should I look for? I know literally nothing about it, but what makes for a good fork, good rear shock?