My son has been bitten by the mountain bike bug. I own a mountain bike but I'm not an expert on what's available in the $600 to $1200 range in mountain bikes. The dealers in his area, Lee County Florida, carry these brands, Trek, Jamis, and Specialized.
He's decided to go with a hardtail. He wants a front fork with a lockout, and he also wants disc brakes. For my part, I advised in that he is new to mountain biking to keep it simple and go with mechanic discs. Of those three brands and in that $600 to $1200 price range what bikes should he be looking at and which ones should he stay away from?