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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    Aug 2006

    2 bikes, and i am in a bind

    Ok i am looking for a new xc bike that i will mostly use for singletrack. My two options are a 2007 rocky mountain element 10 or a 2005 cake dlx 1. The rocky is at a lbs near where i live and will be sold to me for about 950 bucks. The cake one is owned by a friend of my who would like a new bike also and would be selling it for 1100 dollars. What do you think is my better choice and why?

    ~2007 Giant STP SS~
    -Rocky Mountain Element 10-

  2. #2
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    Apr 2008
    Element - hands down 100%.

    Its a much better upgrade base when (and it will be when) you get infected with upgraditis.

    Its a fantastic frame, with a suspension system thats been tweaked to perfection over the years.

    Also, you can try to haggle them down or get freebies alongside it - noone likes to do that to a friend

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    Nov 2004
    1100 for a 3+ YO bike is a lot. even if it was full xtr.

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