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

    Started by David C, 08-12-2011
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  3. Listen! Sticky Thread Sticky: Mountain Biking Skills Videos

    Started by Hutch3637, 09-29-2011
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Mountain Bike Ride Packing List

    Started by mfranklin01, 06-20-2007
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Cleaning and Maintenance Guide

    Started by SteveUK, 07-21-2006
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  1. Road Cycling Help

    Started by 16k-rpm, 06-16-2014
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  2. Yo

    Started by 250racer, 5 Days Ago
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  3. Help a noob choose a bike

    Started by 330ZHP, 3 Weeks Ago
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  4. New question here. New and in Need

    Started by 68to177, 4 Weeks Ago
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  5. Another new bike thread

    Started by adrenalinejoe, 4 Days Ago
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  6. cannge one chainring or all?

    Started by alaskadude, 2 Weeks Ago
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  7. Do I grease a Cane Creek Headset?

    Started by alaskadude, 2 Weeks Ago
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  8. Tires Depth Thread

    Started by Albert2420, 2 Weeks Ago
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  9. Downhill v. Enduro

    Started by amd241997, 4 Weeks Ago
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  10. ... and if we just ... NOOB from Miami !

    Started by AnthonyPedals, 2 Days Ago
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  11. New question here. What did I just buy?

    Started by Augur, 4 Weeks Ago
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  12. Used Bike Question: Trek 6000

    Started by AWDV8, 1 Week Ago
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  13. Need Help With Accessories

    Started by Batb0y94, 2 Weeks Ago
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  14. NOOB from Utah...

    Started by bbentley392t, 3 Weeks Ago
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  15. Rutty hardtail

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  16. Thank you

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

    Started by BigAzn87, 1 Week Ago
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  18. New question here. A great bike for exercising?

    Started by bikeN00b, 2 Weeks Ago
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  19. Tube size to tire question

    Started by BillClinton, 2 Days Ago
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  20. What tire pressure do you run?

    Started by BillClinton, 2 Days Ago
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  21. More Forks Please....

    Started by bklynjames, 06-02-2014
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  22. Front vs. rear wheel upgrade

    Started by bluntrager, 3 Weeks Ago
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  23. New question here. [PICTURE] What mountainbike is this?

    Started by bov, 4 Weeks Ago
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  24. where can I get a crankset???

    Started by bpkred, 2 Weeks Ago
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  25. First endo

    Started by breaks911, 2 Weeks Ago
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  26. Getting back into riding

    Started by brianv1980, 3 Weeks Ago
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  27. New to mountain biking

    Started by BSG1, 2 Weeks Ago
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  28. Good job! New Guy with an Aquila

    Started by BTRut, 3 Weeks Ago
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  29. $20 Tubless Shrader Valve "Brew" = It Worked

    Started by Burt4x4, 04-25-2014
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  30. Need Help deciding on a new bike

    Started by Cobra632, 5 Days Ago
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  31. Total newb here ...

    Started by cookiexd40, 1 Week Ago
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  32. Trek 3500 2012 suspension?

    Started by crazysquirrel, 3 Weeks Ago
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  33. Trek 3500 2012 stuff

    Started by crazysquirrel, 20 Hours Ago
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  34. The Search

    Started by db440, 4 Weeks Ago
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  35. First post... need some suggestions

    Started by DirtViking, 2 Weeks Ago
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  36. Constantly upgrade bike, or just buy a good bike?

    Started by domster26, 3 Weeks Ago
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  37. What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    Started by Edirty6, 07-01-2012
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  38. Kicked off a trail ????

    Started by emptyhead, 1 Week Ago
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  39. X-Caliber v Rockhopper

    Started by falconpunch79, 1 Week Ago
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  40. Entry level bike for my girlfriend.

    Started by FireinMTB, 06-08-2014
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  41. Novices Please Take This Poll

    Started by Fleas, 2 Weeks Ago
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  42. Introducing the Noob from Dallas

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  43. The proper gear/shifting gears

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  44. Upgrade to entry bike

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  45. Secure bike

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  46. Upgrading to shadow plus

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  47. stem length: Please educate me?

    Started by flynbryan19, 03-05-2012
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  48. K2 Proflex 5000

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  49. First ride! Trek Superfly 5

    Started by Fsrbikr98, 05-17-2014
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  50. Good job! New guy from BMX into MTB

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  51. Poll Poll: Professional opinions requested

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  52. Santa Cruz Shipping??

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  53. first post

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  54. Just bought a Crave comp

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  55. New rider looking for a new bike.

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  56. questions about stem selection

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  57. Looking to get back into MTB

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  58. MTB internet attitude?

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  59. Best Mountain Bikes Under $1000

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  60. Protecting the chainrings

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  61. Help Identify this bike?

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  62. Crankset Help.

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  63. We the people ... Marin Bobcat 29er

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  64. Bike name does anyone do it.

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  65. Used bike inspection before buying

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  68. Hardtail Options for Next Year Around 2-2.5k Budget

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  69. First Fit Results at LBS: Long Legs

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