A friend at work has asked me to point him in the direction of a 'good' bike for £300. I'm well aware that a lot of people on here would spend over double that on a pair of forks, but he's after something to try mountain biking on. I've told him that I'll do some digging, but that he may well be better off looking closer to £400 than £300.
His intended riding will consist of woods and trail centres, such as QE Park. As a complete novice, I don't envisage him wanting to launch himself 6 feet into the air or attacking rock gardens at 30+ MPH, so I'm guessing a not-overly-burly-hardtail with a triple chainset and around a 100mm travel fork is a likely starting point.
I know the options are going to be somewhat limited, but does anyone know of anything that fits the bill? I've just had a look at Canyon's website, but they start at £500+ which is a little steep for someone just dipping their toe in the waters of mountain biking.