I'm looking for a new hardtail mountain bike for my mother, max budget £500.
- £500 max
- Bike for trail riding and 25k Meridas
- Light bike
- Fork that will move with her using it (slow and non-agressive rider), ideally air
- Not full suspension
- No gimmicks
- Reasonable quality bits that will last a few years
- Probably looking for 16-17"
She currently rides a 1999ish Orange Gringo but since the gears need repairing and the fork doesn't move for her I think replacement may be the better route, I also think a Womes specific frame might benefit her with a shorter top tube.
Does anything beat these: