A friend is quite keen to get a bike to join a couple of us who already ride, don't think I'll be able to persuade him to buy 2nd hand, so looking at new stuff really.
My immediate thought was Voodoo (@ Halfords - yes I'd check it all), but looking at the range on Halfords website, they seems to have down spec'd the entry level models this year, no more Shimano brakes, coil forks instead of air, bottom end drivetrain etc.
So what other options are out there? Decathlon? Something old stock from Winstanleys or similar?
Probably want 100-120mm fork, deore level kit and a small frame.