I need a little help. I'm getting back into the sport. Currently own a 1994 mtn tek fully rigid bike. There is alot more to choose from since I bought that one. Quite overwhelming!!! I'll take any suggestions on how to choose a bike and any input on what to get, what not to get, and what to look out for. I;m interested in a full suspension.
Here's a little info. . .
1- My budget: $2000 give or take 3 to 4 hundred
2- I'm considering a Specialized stumpjumper, Giant trance x2, Trek fuel ex8 Diamondback sortie 2 or 3
3-Type of riding: from tooling around the block w the kids to rocky singletrack foothill trails to moab to some downhill trails at local ski resorts (i live in northern utah). So pretty much a do it all bike
4- I'm used to a hardtail, but I'd like a full suspension.
5- 28yrs old, 6ft tall, 185lbs
6- I'd like to buy from a LBS for warranty, servicing, and learning the bike. I'll buy anywhere if I can get more bike for considerably less.
7- Yes, I will take any and all suggestions to help my quest.

This is as close to the form set out by Call Me Clyde as I can get. Thanks for the input!!