Having been away from the sport for 5 yrs, and with all the new technology, I feel like a rookie again. I'm going to be purchasing a new bike soon so I would like some advice. I'm not a super aggressive rider but would like to become one. I'm 5'9" and 180lb. My price range is going to be $1000-2000. Now I have a few bikes picked out that I would like to have. They are Cannondale f800 or f600, Trek 8000, and Kona Kula or explosive. Which bike do you guys think is the best of the bunch. I my self am leaning towards the F800. But my girlfriend believes that I will be waisting my money on a $2000 bike at this time. Can anybody else suggest any other bikes that I should look at. I prefer hard tails and disk brakes is a big bonus. Oh yah my last bike was a Trek 8000.