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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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: MTBR Glossary

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  3. Listen! Sticky Thread Sticky: Mountain Biking Skills Videos

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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Mountain Bike Ride Packing List

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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Cleaning and Maintenance Guide

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  1. Which Bike?

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  4. Difference between xc and trail FS bikes?

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  5. New bike decision

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  6. Do you like kickstands?

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  7. Question about shifting

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  8. Help with Diamondback Response XE

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  9. Gravity 29point3 the one for me?

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  10. Trek 930 shx vs Raleigh M80

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  11. $1,000 to spend, looking at Airborne and Motobecane

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  13. New question here. tubeless-ready tire questions

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  14. 1st Timer. Need lots of info!

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  15. What Bushing Size?

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  16. Suspension corrected forks

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  17. What the heck did I just do?

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  18. stem and handle size

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  19. Upset Help! hubs freaking me out

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  20. Bike Suggestions? $600-$800 29er Help

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  21. Do you Ride Injured?

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  22. Black socks vs White socks

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  23. Saddle/Seat Post..Non-Dropper

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  24. Fuji Bikes

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  25. Continental MT King 2.4

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  26. Recommendations for a bike.

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  27. New question here. Educated experienced help needed.

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  28. Kona or Jamis

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  29. Intro + HELP NEEDED!

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  30. Upgrade or New Bike

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  31. climbing hurts lower back

    Started by coling, 03-12-2014
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  32. why is my suspension too soft?

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  33. Is this bike good?

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  34. Good price for a Kona?

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  35. Getting Back Into the Game...

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  36. Wiel Carbon MTB frames

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  37. We the people ... New fork?? Helppppp

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  38. Purchasing a new mtb

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  39. At what price point do FS bikes stop being "cheap"

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  47. Idea! Analysis: Handlebar and stem length

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  48. New question here. Factory 1x10

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  49. What did You do today on your mountain bike?

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  51. Noob - Which bike?

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  53. Where to buy a new derailleur hanger?

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