I'm currently in the market for a bike and I don't have much bike experience to speak of. I've looked at a couple bikes and the Rockhopper 29er SS kinda caught my eye at the lbs. I hadn't even considered a SS until I saw it. I rode it around the parking lot and I liked it however I would like to take it out of the parking lot for a bit more. I may go back tomorrow for that. Anyways my budget is about $1k. Is this a good beginner bike or should I look at others? Any recommendations? I'll have to do some searching but I know of these dealers that are local to me. Specialized, Trek, and Raleigh.

-Destin