Ok here is the deal. I have had success in getting my girlfriend to love mountian biking, but not hardcore; which is fine. Being the broke college girl that she is I am looking for her to get a bike that will suit her riding style. She is in no way an expert, just an beginner/average rider. She is looking to spend no more than $200 which I know, isnt alot for biking. What do you guys think is the best hardtail for the buck in this catagory? I went to walmart.com and sportsauthority.com and found mongoose's and schwinn's for around that price....do you think they will be able to handle the trails....and will she be able to handle the bike?