1. The most important thing about buying a new
bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right
for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches
your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
2. If possible, try to find a shop that will
let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut
it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should
be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because
your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean
that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your
needs and ability.
Bikes fall apart a lot more when riding in mud. Nature of the beast.
Please say the trails you ride in the mud aren't actual public trails, and are dirt roads or on your own land. Riding trails while they're muddy can destroy them, and a majority of the public trails that are out there are made by volunteers and fellow bike riders. Basically, please don't ruin their hard work for you're 15 minutes of fame.