Hello - looking for inexpensive cross frame for a guy a ride road with (college kid) who wants to get into cross but has low cash flow. If you have something let me know. Steel, aluminum ... carbon .. doesn't matter. His budget is around $200.
you can get a decent starter cross frame on bikenashbar.com. I got a 46cm for my 10 yr old for 149, they have pretty good deals on forks too. Complete set up including shipping only cost me approx 190.