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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    '09 Giant Yukon FX or '08 KHS xc 204

    I'm just getting into mountain biking and have dragged my friends in with me...

    one of my friends has a budget of about $1,000 for everything ...

    we found the Giant Yukon FX for $700 and the KHS XC 204 for $800

    problem is we don't know which we should get! is the extra $100 worth getting the KHS?
    I just read the pro review of the Giant Yukon FX and they seemed to love it.

    please help us out!

    Giant Yukon FX stats
    frame ALUXX-Grade Butted Aluminum, 4" Suspension
    fork RockShox Dart 2, 100mm w/Lockout
    shock Maestro
    shifters SRAM X4, trigger
    front derailleur Shimano Alivio
    rear derailleur SRAM X4
    brakes Hayes MX-4 Disc
    brake levers Tektro Alloy, 2-Finger
    cassette SRAM PG830 11-28, 8-speed
    chain KMC Z72
    cranks TruVative ISO Flow 3.0, 22/32/42
    bb Cartridge
    rims WTB Dual Duty XC, double wall
    hubs Formula 32H Disc
    spokes Stainless Steel
    tires Kenda Nevegal 26 x 2.1"
    handlebar Alloy 31.8mm, High Rise
    stem Alloy
    seatpost Alloy 350x30.9mm
    saddle WTB Speed-V Sport
    pedals Alloy Platform

    KHS XC 204 stats
    Frame AL 6061 w/4-bar Horst bearing linkage, Down/T double butted, 4.2" travel
    Rear Shock RockShox Bar 2.1 air w/rebound adjust
    Fork RockShox Tora 289Coil, 100mm w/damping, ext rebound & pre-load adj, Mag lowers
    Headset Tioga ZST2 threadless, Zero Stack
    Rims Weinmann Taurus 2000, Doublewall, disc specific
    Hubs Front: Alloy disc, Rear: Shimano disc, QR
    Tires John Tomac Nevegal 26x2.1, folding
    Spokes 14G Black 32
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano XT Shadow
    Shifters Shimano Deore
    Chain KMC Z9000
    Crankset Truvativ Blaze 44/32/22
    Bottom Bracket Truvativ Howitzer Splined outboard cartridge bearing
    Cassette Shimano HG50 11-34, 9-Speed
    Pedals Wellgo alloy CNC
    Seatpost Q2 Comp light alloy, 2 bolt
    Saddle WTB Pure V Race
    Handlebar FSA 31.8 Double Butted, XC280 Riser
    Stem Q2 Comp Light, alloy, 3D Forged, 4-bolt
    Grips WTB WeirWolf, dual compound
    Brake Levers Avid FR5
    Brakes Avid BB5 disc 6" rotors

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    i have a 09 yukon fx , i love my bike, i got it for a really great deal, but if it was me i would buy the khs, it is much better speced and totally worth the extra $100

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    its not much better spec'd. they're both pretty close. dont let the xt derailleur steer you when you're getting crapped on by a bar 2.1 shock

    buy the one that fits you better, dont worry about the components on either.

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    the yukon has a dart 2, the KHS has a tora, i imagine that the rear shock is pretty simlar, I do love my sram shifting, but the KHS has better brakes and IMO a better crank / BB

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    so 2-1 for the KHS ... thanks for the quick responses

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    you really need to go ride both bikes.

    didnt notice the yukon was 8 speed, that kind of sucks. getting harder to find 8 speed parts.

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    ya hopefully the shop will let us take them around the parking lot ... but fit being equal its the little tidbits such as "getting harder to find 8 speed parts" and such that we were hoping to gain from posting on here.

    also riding around in a parking lot for a few minutes is one thing but i'm sure its not going to be like on the trail. the shop has all sizes of both bikes so i'm sure we'll find ones that fit

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    components break, 50-75 bucks can get you lx shifters and a reasonable 9spd cassette anyway.. the frame is really whats gonna make the ride.

    id seriously consider a used trance too. giant makes great bikes, the trance is quite a step up from a yukon. whole different league of bike from those two, and you could probably find one in that price range.

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    'nother vote for the KHS.
    My reasoning is the horst link of the KHS to the single pivot of the giant.

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