In our experience this level of mountain bike is the least expensive that you can take off-road and not have it constantly malfunction or fall apart.
Hybrids for fitness and recreation can get away with cheaper components but mountain bikes cannot.
The Jamis Durango A1 is our best XC mountain bike and features Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and 4 inches of suspension up front, but we really like the drivetrain.
Which is the Microshift Advent 1x single chainring drivetrain. Every new mountain bike above $1,000 has a 1x drivetrain.
Double (2 chainring) cranksets and front derailleurs are improvement over triples, which have always worked poorly, but really why have them?
Moving up from the $500-$600 price range eliminates the single worst working part on any mountain bike, the front derailleur.
||SR Suntour XCT 30, 100mm travel
||Zero-stack internal cup
||Alex TD26 29
||CST Patrol, 29 x 2.25”
||microSHIFT Advent M6195M
||microSHIFT Advent M8195 1x9
||microSHIFT H093, 9-speed, 11-42T
||Forged Alloy, 32T
||MTB platform, hi-impact resin
||Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc
||Jamis XC alloy riser
||Jamis XC alloy threadless
||Jamis ATB Sport