Bike for Newbie

Chucklejnr Posts: 13
edited December 2004 in XC and Enduro
I've got a budget of œ700 to get a new bike (Hardtail preferably), gonna be used for Trails and singletrack ridin', and would appreciate any input from the vast fountain of knowledge that flows through these forums[;)] to help me decide what to buy. Read a few mags to find out what brands are hot or not but still no idea what to get!!!