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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Forum: Beginner's Corner

  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

    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. New question here. Rear Sram XX compatibility question

    Started by 0000, 1 Week Ago
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  2. Another noob checking in.

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  3. Helping picking out a bike?

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  4. Ideas on this Gary Fisher?

    Started by alazamboozle, 2 Weeks Ago
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  5. Smile Retro FS Tire Question

    Started by alphamikefoxtrot, 5 Days Ago
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  6. Tires, Rims, Sizes, Types, ohh my!

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  7. feet in the air question

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  8. How about a FAQ?

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  9. Learn How To Track Stand in one day!

    Started by anthonyi, 08-21-2011
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  10. New/Back to the Sport

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  11. Difference in Components

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  12. Need a saddle reccomendation

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  13. New to mtbr, first post

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  14. New question here. How to adjust the Recon silver's

    Started by BMW M 2 ISF, 04-16-2012
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  15. rear derailleur broke....

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  16. Mtb question and advise

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  17. Preporation for a climb

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  18. Question about Mavic Crossride

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  19. Breakthroughs and milestones

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  20. Handle Bar width?

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

    Started by Edirty6, 07-01-2012
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  22. Norco Nitro 9

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  23. New question here. Another recommend a bike for me thread

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  24. 4 Entry Level Bikes - One Choice?

    Started by GoKnights, 4 Weeks Ago
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  25. Narrow width shoes for flat pedals?

    Started by gsa103, 2 Weeks Ago
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  26. Nra pit

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  27. Seat height?

    Started by iowamtb, 05-22-2014
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  28. What to upgrade?

    Started by ironmaidenfan, 3 Weeks Ago
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  29. saddle question

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  30. Beginner ? about helmets

    Started by jkrugles, 3 Weeks Ago
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  31. problem with gears

    Started by jpmantica, 1 Week Ago
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  32. gear problems pt2

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  33. good investment?

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  34. Shifters; Shimano vs Sram

    Started by JumpRefusal, 04-20-2013
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  35. Unsolicited beginner advice

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  36. WD-40 chain cleaner??

    Started by Landon Klausing, 3 Weeks Ago
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  37. Troubles

    Started by Lightyear, 1 Week Ago
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  38. Idea! Best Mountain bike under $500?!

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  39. Buying used

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  40. 29er or FS

    Started by Mark092974, 2 Weeks Ago
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  41. Platform Pedals

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  42. Good entry level bike?

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  43. What are people's opinions on group sets?

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  44. DMR Vault really that good?

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  45. New question here. possible bent crank arm?

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  46. Clip less pedals

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  47. Advice on bike for my wife

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  48. New England Noob

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  49. Is my frame too small??? (pictures)

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  50. MTB for Commuting?

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  51. Jamis Komodo vs Kona Kikapu

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  52. Cool-blue Rhythm The Flow

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  53. Help me a beginner buy a new MTB:)

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  54. Help me choose a new bike

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  55. Cannondale Fan

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  56. Question on Rudy Project Sunglasses

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  57. New poster,Hello and a question

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  58. Need help with my bike

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  59. Climbs - sit or stand?

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

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  67. new and need help with tires

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