So this is on sale right now at Dicks Sporting, for $299 and a friend is considering it for his wife. Looks like a fine starter as far as I know, for the price, and if she rides it a lot may just replace it next year. I don't expect it to be perfectly assembled or tuned, but I can help with that.
Is there better deals - better new bikes in the same range?
Diamondback Adult Response XE 2014 Mtb
Fork: SR Suntour XCT 100mm travel, 28.6mm stanchions
Cranks: MTB Alloy Arm 24/32/42t
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Cartridge
Front Derailleur: Shimano TX50 dual pull, Top swing, 34.9
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus 7spd
Cog Set: Shimano HG20 7spd Cassette (12-28t)
Shifter: Shimano EF-51 Easyfire 7spd
Hub (F): 32h SL-7 Alloy with CNC Disc Mount
Hub (R): 32h SL-7 Alloy Cassette with CNC Disc mount
Rims: 32h Diamondback SL-7 Doublewall
Tires: WTB Wolverine Comp 29x2.2
Brakes: Promax DSK-310 Mechanical Disc with 6" rotors
Brake Levers: Shimano integrated lever