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. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Cleaning and Maintenance Guide

    Started by SteveUK, 07-21-2006
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: MTBR Glossary

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  5. Listen! Sticky Thread Sticky: NOOBS!...read this.

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

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  2. 1st Timer. Need lots of info!

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  3. 2012 Giant Yukon FX $700 VS 2014 Talon 27.5 4 $700

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  6. 24" mountain bike for youth?

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  8. Idea! Analysis: Handlebar and stem length

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

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  10. Bonking ... not feelin' well bad crash. now...I'm nervous to get back out there.

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  11. Bad MTB Advice Cat

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  12. Beginner Advice - From a Beginner :)

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  13. Beginner for MTB

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  14. Better components or better ride?

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  15. Bike for college campus?

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

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  17. Bike trailers?

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  18. Black socks vs White socks

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  19. Building/ buying a bike

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  20. Buying first MNT Bike

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  21. chain flopping around

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  22. Chain question

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  23. Chain sound - normal or problemo?

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  24. Clippless

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  25. clueless noob ;-)

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  26. CO2 Inflators?

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  27. Comfortable Seatpost.

    Started by Tay, 2 Weeks Ago
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  28. Complete noob

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  29. Considering a Change

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  32. Delusional?

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  33. Difference between xc and trail FS bikes?

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  34. Do you like kickstands?

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  35. New question here. Drivetrain issues

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  37. EBBII or sliding dropouts?

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  38. EC44 headset to Replace ZS44

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  39. New question here. Educated experienced help needed.

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  40. endgame

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  42. First bike build. Is it O.K?

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  43. First bike narrowed down to 2?

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  44. First real mtb in 20+ years.

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  45. Fixed cleat?

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  46. Front Chain Not Shifting Properly

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  47. Fuel EX8 29 vs Remedy 8 650b

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  48. Fuji Bikes

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  49. Getting Back Into the Game...

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  50. Ghetto Tubeless Issues Part 2

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  52. Good price for a Kona?

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  53. Gravity 29point3 the one for me?

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  54. Handlebar change help.

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  55. Hans Damf & Nobby Nic - PSI rec.

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