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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    '12 Spec Hardrock or '13 Trek 820?

    I'm thinking about one of these two bikes. My LBS has both the Trek and the Hardrock for $370. Given the choice of one of those two bikes for the same price which would you choose and why?

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    I'd buy the Specialized because the trek 820 is a steel frame which tends to be way heavier and not worth it to upgrade in the long run. I believe they are spec'd about the same, so the difference only in the frame. All in all, Specialized over Trek in this comparison.

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    ok, i took a look at the specialized specs.

    I would get the costco bike. $379
    why it's better:
    3x8 vs 3x7
    disc breaks! this a big deal. if u ever want to upgrade, doing so on non disc bike is unfeasible
    higher end shifters and derailleurs

    why it's worse:
    you'll have to assemble and tune yourself. youtube and time and some basic tools is what you'll need.

    Northrock XC6 bike 3x8, 18" and 19.5" only $379 at costco

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