I used to mountain bikes about 12-15 years ago (I'm 27 now) and got out of the sport. Now I'm older and fatter, but think it's time to get back in shape and start riding again. It seems like there's a lot more manufactures out there now than there were then, so I really don't know who is making quality products anymore. My price range is between $300-$500. I'll be riding mostly local trails, with some occasional pavement riding. My only real criteria is that the bike is a hard tail and I'd like to give disc brakes a try. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks for the help.