I had a specialized beginner bike that i just sold and it was an in between mnt/street bike. i want a mnt bike mainly to ride to and from work and some mnt trails. i have about 4 nice trails very close to my house. The local bike shop here is a Trek dealer and I am not sure what Trek would be good. I like x-caliber 29 7. I also have a Cannondale shop farther out and I love the trail 5. I guess I love the Cannondale but want to by from my local Trek shop. I guess that's kind of crazy. What Trek would be as good or better than the trail5? Would really like to spend less than a grand.