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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    2008 Diamondback Sortie or 2011/12 Specialized Stumpy FSR?

    Made a decision.
    Last edited by SDKmann; 11-23-2012 at 08:43 PM.

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    Changing the fork and getting the diamondback repainted would probably get you to at least the same price as the stumpjumper. Ultimately you have to weight what is more important on you list if priorities. I recently rode a new full suspension stumpjumper and was very pleasantly surprised. Very nice bike.

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