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. Sticky Thread Sticky: Mountain Bike Ride Packing List

    Started by mfranklin01, 06-20-2007
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  2. Listen! Sticky Thread Sticky: NOOBS!...read this.

    Started by CHUM, 06-17-2011
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  3. Listen! Sticky Thread Sticky: Mountain Biking Skills Videos

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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Cleaning and Maintenance Guide

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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: MTBR Glossary

    Started by David C, 08-12-2011
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  1. Maybe a stupid question

    Started by casonso, 17 Minutes Ago
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  2. What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    Started by Edirty6, 07-01-2012
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  3. What tire pressure do you run?

    Started by BillClinton, 2 Days Ago
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  4. Noob Guide to Buying a used MTB

    Started by moefosho, 07-18-2013
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  5. Help me with craigslist choices in my area?

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  6. Suspension set for 295lb

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  7. XTR 960 sprocket bolts

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  8. Wheel True Question

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  9. first good bike

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  10. Trek 3500 2012 stuff

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  11. New guy from Indiana!

    Started by T-Rob, 1 Week Ago
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  12. We the people ... Marin Bobcat 29er

    Started by jokaankit, 05-09-2014
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  13. Dawes Haymakes 1000.

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  14. Please help an EXTREME NEWB pick out a bike!!!

    Started by BigAzn87, 1 Week Ago
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  15. ... and if we just ... NOOB from Miami !

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  16. Breaking a Bike

    Started by TwiceHorn, 3 Weeks Ago
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  17. MTB internet attitude?

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  18. the new fng

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  19. New guy needing help.

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  20. New question here. How much is my bike worth?

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  21. ... and if we just ... Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)

    Started by spec4life, 08-27-2008
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  22. Too Many Gears?

    Started by TwiceHorn, 1 Week Ago
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  23. The proper gear/shifting gears

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  24. Upgrading to shadow plus

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  25. Tube size to tire question

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  26. Protecting the chainrings

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  27. $20 Tubless Shrader Valve "Brew" = It Worked

    Started by Burt4x4, 04-25-2014
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  28. Another new bike thread

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  29. Suntour Epicon XC 2014

    Started by Maroof, 1 Week Ago
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  30. stem length: Please educate me?

    Started by flynbryan19, 03-05-2012
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  31. Yo

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  32. K2 Proflex 5000

    Started by Foxhound221, 05-09-2014
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  33. my first ride

    Started by robinsoncr, 6 Days Ago
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  34. Kicked off a trail ????

    Started by emptyhead, 1 Week Ago
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  35. Need Help deciding on a new bike

    Started by Cobra632, 5 Days Ago
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  36. Introducing the Noob from Dallas

    Started by flyboy718, 5 Days Ago
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  37. Novices Please Take This Poll

    Started by Fleas, 2 Weeks Ago
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  38. Noob Buyer's Guide

    Started by wmac, 09-02-2012
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  39. Help Identify this bike?

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  40. Noob Guide to Geometry, Bike Fit and Handling

    Started by wmac, 11-30-2012
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  41. If you want to upgrade your Suntour fork

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  42. Santa Cruz Shipping??

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  43. What grease to use?

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  44. Questions about Forks

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  45. New rider looking for a new bike.

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  46. Poll Poll: Professional opinions requested

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  47. Question About Flats

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  48. Crankset Help.

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  49. Good entry level bike?

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  50. Just bought a Crave comp

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  51. New patch kit for every flat?

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  52. First post... need some suggestions

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  53. Looking to get back into MTB

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  54. Entry level bike for my girlfriend.

    Started by FireinMTB, 06-08-2014
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  55. Digging My POS Motobecane

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  57. Constantly upgrade bike, or just buy a good bike?

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  59. Bad MTB Advice Cat

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  61. super noob here

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  62. cannge one chainring or all?

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  64. questions about stem selection

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