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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    2011 Tarpon vs 2010 Trek 4300

    Which would be a better decision for someone just getting into the sport?

    The Tarpon has very little ride time and is in great condition as well as shimano alivio cranks and a bontrager trip 2 computer. $375

    The 4300 is non-disc, great condition with ver little ride time as well. $350

    Thanks,

    Cody

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    The Tarpon doesn't say it has a lockout fork
    TrekBikes.com Bike Archive | 2011 Tarpon

    The 4300 does
    TrekBikes.com Bike Archive | 2010 4300

    I really like being able to lock the fork, especially for climbing and road riding. That, plus the fact that I just like the 4300s, would make me go with the 4300.

    Around that price range, you might also consider:
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    Hope this helps!
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    Ended up grabbing the 4300 for 300.

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    Nice. Welcome to mountain biking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CodyI View Post
    Ended up grabbing the 4300 for 300.
    Great! Be sure to post some pics -- happy riding!
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