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.
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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.
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  1. #1
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    09 Coil Air for a Beginner?

    I have an opportunity to buy a new one of these real cheap. I would use it most of the season for trail riding down in Tallahassee FL and around there. But in the summer i would use it for AM and some light DH. So i was just wondering if it would be a good bike to increase my skills on?

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    I would say it's probably a good next step. Depending on the model year it's a big travel bike and it won't be the most friendly pedaling bike out there, but it's tough and made to smooth out some serious abuse. If you can test ride it, do that and see what you think.
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