Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: south Puget Sound
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I would think a rigid-rigid rockhopper. Eyelets out the wazoo, versatile frame geometry...
I think of $400 as kind of a blackhole price point. Go cheap, get something you don't mind breaking/throwing away, or go expensive, get something that will be really nice, but that middle ground, I don't know... steep enough for buyer's remorse, for sure, possibly not so steep to keep you from just walking away completely, but is there quality there that will keep you running back to the bike for more?
(which is not to say that you can't pay more and still wind up w/ something you hate, but at that point I would think one would have enough invested to figure out what the problem is and motivation to try and redress it).
With all those in mind I keep coming back to the 1990s rigid-rigid rockhopper
. Of course, that's the basics of what I want, if your friend is more lycra-y, maybe his basics is like a schwinn worldsport