I've got a buddy who is in the market for a new frame. He just got into mtbing, and last summer got an 05 Kona Cowan. Now he regrets going with the hardtail, and is in the market for a FS frame. He'll be swapping the parts from the Cowan onto it and probably adding a new fork. Basically, he wants a burly trailbike.
He's looking for a 5" or 6" travel frame, and knowing his size and style, an air shock would be optimal. Decent pedaling characteristics preferred, of course. Probably something like the Specialized Enduro or Kona Dawg. Budget is one thousand dollars, or a little bit more.
Anyone have any suggestions? TIA.