What type of mountain bike do I need?

Many athletes are riding entry level mountain bikes as they get started. These bikes tend to cost around $500-700 new. For example, we see a lot of athletes riding Trek Marlin, Giant Talon, Specialized Rockhopper mountain bikes. We generally suggest a mountain bike with 2″ wide or larger tires and hydraulic disk brakes, which are easier for smaller hands to pull. A front suspension shock is recommended, but full suspension is not necessary for the trails that we ride. All athletes are required to wear a helmet while on their bike.