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.
mtn. biking 101
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. Listen! Sticky Thread Sticky: NOOBS!...read this.

    Started by CHUM, 06-17-2011
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: MTBR Glossary

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  1. Question - FR or DH bike

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  6. I must be simply stupid

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  7. New question here. Bicycle Center of Gravity - Does it matter?

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

    Started by spec4life, 08-27-2008
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  11. Noob to this Forum

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  12. FNG looking for advice

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  14. bike size

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  15. Frame swap

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  17. New forks or crankset?

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  18. New question here. New Bike Recommendation

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  19. multi-tool suggestion

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  20. New saddle suggestions

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  21. Buyers Remorse.....

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  22. Getting a new bike

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  23. New around here

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  24. This is why you have two bikes...

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  25. Handlebar height question

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  26. Roadie Transitioning to dirt

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  28. Best Platform Pedals Under $50?

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  30. Tire Question Please

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  31. Newish rider, old bike

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  32. Advice needed - Salsa HT of FS

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  33. 1st quality bike purchase help

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  34. "new" guy here. KCMO

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  35. brooks saddle - query

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  36. Platform Pedals

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  37. stem length: Please educate me?

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  38. What diameter wheels for 5'3", 110# female?

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  39. Torque wrench - how necessary?

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  40. New fork install.

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  43. Bought new bike, now what?

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  44. Stem length.

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  45. Suntour Fork Manuals?

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  48. Hello Everyone!

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  49. If you want to upgrade your Suntour fork

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  51. First real climb today

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  52. Thank you for the information

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  53. Hello, and noob mistake im trying to fix

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  54. New question here. im 28. I wanna start downhilling\freeriding

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