Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Chapel Hill
Bikes: Canfield Yelli Screamy, Pivot Mach5, Specialized Roubaix, '65 Hercules, '79 Schwinn Stingray Lil Chic, '68 Schwinn Stingray Fastback, '89 Specialized Allez Epic, '86 Battaglin World Champion
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I would suggest getting something less expensive for someone that is new to the sport. Maybe a hardtail or aluminum framed full-suspension(if he has to go FS). Crashing is inevitable for someone just starting out, and crashing a 3k carbon bike is not my idea of fun - if he has that much disposable income, then go for it.
Case in point: A friend of mine recently got into MTB'ing and since he didn't have a suitable bike to ride, I figured he could try out one of mine - I currently have three 29ers set up. Our 2nd ride out, my buddy crashed and totally bent the lever on my Hope Tech M4 brakeset - that's a $150 lever. So, if he wants to go with that bike, he better have deep pockets.
The best bike would be the one that fits him and his riding style comfortably. Tell him to demo some bikes from the local bike shops - actually rent them and take them to the trail.