Buying Advice for a Friend - Hard Tail under £350

bdigital Posts: 193
edited April 2010 in MTB buying advice
My friend is in the process of choosing a bike. He has £350ish to spend.

He will be using it for occasional commute and some XC.

He has seen this Claud Butler Cape: ... 16-11.html

But i was not convinced that this is the best deal around for him and i was thinking more along the lines of: ... yId_165499

With the current 20% on Carreras at Halfords, i thought this might be a better buy for £321

What does everyone think? Are there any other bikes that he should be looking at?