Nephew has fired this at me, he's looking at the Spesh Status 2 for starters, which doesn't seem too bad with this years spec..
Looking at old threads and the Dirt 100, it seem the YT Industries TuEs is the 'one' to go for, but as he need it on finance, that not really an option (is it?).
So off-hand I've suggested a Saracen Myst 2013, as there going for around £2k (or pushing up his budget for 2014), otherwise as always Canyon seemed worth mentioning.
So as I'm only going by internet/mag reviews, any real world views?