To try and make up for my BIG mistake, I looked at some of the bikes eastern has to offer. Their Neutron series sounds like it would do good for you, at around the price you wanted. I'd recomend the Traildigger (not 16") from their Neutron series, it looks like a good begginer bike. Or if you wanted to spend a little bit more you could take a look at easterns Proton series. Their Shovlehead bike (from their Proton series) is their entry level bike, kind of like Haro's entry level bikes. Their Proton series is a little higher quality than some of Haros entry level bikes, but only by a little bit. But either way I think that Easterns bikes look like good ones for what you want, but I don't know as much about Easterns bikes and reputation as I do Haro's so it's up to you. Hopefully someone that knows more than me can help you, but I hope I gave you an idea. And again please forgive me for not noticing you are from the UK.
Last edited by FLyBOy; 01-31-05 at 04:10 PM.