I decided to look into a Mountain Bike for riding when I am not on the road. LBS sugested staying above the $1000 mark component wise as he thought with the componet level of my road bike I would get frustrated with low level components. He showed me a Specialized Rockhopper Expert in the $1050 range. Is there anything else out there I should look at and test ride? I am not sure how intense I will eventually get but have ruled out a cross bike. I live right beside a state park with alot of trails.