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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    New question here. 29r, Trek Marlin or Specialised Hardrock Sport Disc?

    Hi, haven't rode in 20 years. I'm 47, 6'6" 240lbs with a 38" inseam. I will be riding trails, hills, and roads. Been doing a lot of reading and talking to LBS's. I want a 29r hardtail 23" frame with shock lock out, and have narrowed it down to the afforementioned bikes. I also looked at Harro and Giant but no stock availability.
    Price difference between the two is $10 at $650 for the Hardrock and $660 for the Trek (CDN). The specs appear to be pretty much the same between the 2. So how do I know which bike will be better now and in the long run? Is there anything else I should be thinking about? Havn't rode either bike, won't let you take them outside when it rains, which it does alot in Vancouver.

    Thanks!

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    I test rode both when I was bike shopping. They handle differently, you're going to want to ride them both before deciding.
    I'm enjoying my childhood way too much to ever give it up.

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    It's all about the FSR!
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    I had a 2010 Hardrock Sport Disc 29er. I am 5'11", 209 with a 32" inseam. I was on a 19", and it was a bit too big for me, so definitely check the different sizes. You may only need a 21"

    I was not that happy with the 29er to be honest. On the flats, it was all out haulin butt. On the tight stuff, it felt like I was driving a bus through there. I also was not happy with some of the components on the Specialized, like the SRAM X4 shifters, and the garbage brakes. I upgraded mine to Avid Elixir Juicy 3's and it was a huge improvement.

    I ended up selling it and went back to a 26, and FS. I never looked back.

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