Mountain Biking - what bike should I use? [beginner]

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Mountain Biking - what bike should I use? [beginner]

Hey,

Not sure if it is appropriate section for such topic, if not, my apologies.

I would like to start my adventure with mountain biking - my budget is around 600-700 pounds. I've made lots of reseaarch, but I think it's best to ask people who truly love biking for advice - could you recommend me some solid company, or even specific model that is decent for beginners?

Also, should I care about breakdown cover/insurance? What is the common practice in this matter - is it totally optional, or do you generally recommend having this sort of stuff from the beginning?

Thank you for your time.

Best,
Krystian