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.
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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: Mountain Bike Ride Packing List

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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Cleaning and Maintenance Guide

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

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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: MTBR Glossary

    Started by David C, 08-12-2011
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  1. ... and if we just ... Your Entry Level MTB (Pics and Upgrades)

    Started by spec4life, 08-27-2008
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  2. If you want to upgrade your Suntour fork

    Started by wmac, 12-27-2012
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  3. I must be simply stupid

    Started by old an still faster, 01-25-2015
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  4. stem length: Please educate me?

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  5. I'm not anti 29er but...

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  6. Noob Guide to Geometry, Bike Fit and Handling

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  7. New Bike Help Please?

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  8. "better-than-entry-level" MTB for wife

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  9. Buying bike. Aluminum or carbon

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  10. Roadie Transitioning to dirt

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  11. Underestimated how hard downhill was?

    Started by jack33102, 01-25-2015
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  12. New to mtbr, first post

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  13. New question here. 1st MB! Advice for under $500?

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  14. 15 trek superfly 5 Vs 14 Scottsdale 735

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  15. multi-tool suggestion

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  16. Dawes Haymaker 1500

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  17. Alivio to Deore Crank

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  18. Project Yard Sale..

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  19. Cool-blue Rhythm Disc brake scrape on new bike

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  20. SR Suntour Abuse

    Started by Deartist7, 1 Week Ago
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  21. New question here. First trail bike

    Started by jonjx, 3 Weeks Ago
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  22. Riding position articles?

    Started by burbskate, 2 Weeks Ago
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  23. Looking to get another bike

    Started by sbeedy01, 01-20-2015
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  24. Got plantar fasciitis!

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  25. New Ride-pedals?

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  26. The proper gear/shifting gears

    Started by flyboy718, 07-28-2014
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  27. Winter Maintenance Sticker shock

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  28. Deal or not a deal? Used bike.

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  29. Very Short Inseam

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  30. Buying an unknown MB brand off Ebay?

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  31. Shimano saint pedals?

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  32. Noob looking for buying advice

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  33. I think I got a good deal?

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  34. First mountain bike/commuter

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  38. Need some input

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  49. Shimano M355 or M446?

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