Just doing a bit of research for my next purchase. Won't be buying a bike anytime soon, but that doesn't mean I can't look, aye? 1. Provide your height, weight and skill level 5' 9" @ 150lbs. Been riding trails since I was 8, 100% tight & slow single track, little to no open riding experience. 2. Specify your price range if that's a limiting factor about 3000 USD 3. Describe the terrain types & conditions the bike will be ridden in Tight and muddy single track, lots of "walk/ride" conditions, very slow, with some fairly daunting hillclimbs (but nothing TOO extremely verticle). I'd like to enter some Hare & Hounds in the future 4. If you're changing bikes, what do you want the new bike to do differently? I hopefully won't be CHANGING bikes, but rather adding to the stable (depends on how much money i'm rolling in when i'm ready to purchase). Looking for a bike that'll actually have some snap, and handles alot lighter. Low end is a MUST. Which of the big 4 250s would fit the bill best? I was actually looking at KTM 200s, but those are far too hard to find used OR new in the area (they sell like hotcakes, and people hold them like Argentinian ass...) Would probably be looking at 03 - 05 used bikes. New is too expensive.