Help picking a new mountain bike...

daniel.lansley Posts: 5
edited January 2010 in MTB buying advice
hello, I'm new to this forum malarkey so im not quite sure whether im doing the right thing here..
That aside I'm here to get some advice. I'm going to be getting a new hardtale mountain bike next month for a price between 300 - 425 and im confused on whats best to get for this money?
I would mainly be riding trails, Ive looked at specialized, felt, trek im just unsure whats the best bike for the price.
I do a lot of road cycling, just not so much mountain biking and would like to get fully envolved.
Any help would be greatly appriciated