Well, maybe if you’re really into it and you’ve been doing it for years and spend your weekends running up and down trails. But if mountain biking is something new to you that you want to get into then you might want to think about the exact type of bike and the exact type of riding you want to do.
Life is like a box of empty chocolate wrappers
The truth is that not all mountain bikes are designed with biking up and down mountains in mind. Conversely, not everyone who buys a mountain bike want to use it for going up and down mountains either.
Choice, there is lots of it
The cold hard reality of modern mountain biking is that there as many bike types as there are riding disciplines. For people who are really into riding, and for whom riding is a way of life, it really isn’t uncommon for them to own 2 or 3 different types of mountain bike.
For most people though the reality is somewhat different. Most people are happy enough to own just one, and that one bike is normally utilized to satisfy all their biking needs. As well as that, buying a decent bike, even on a budget can still be a significant investment.