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

    Started by SteveUK, 07-21-2006
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  4. Listen! Sticky Thread Sticky: Mountain Biking Skills Videos

    Started by Hutch3637, 09-29-2011
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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. What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    Started by Edirty6, 07-01-2012
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  3. If you want to upgrade your Suntour fork

    Started by wmac, 12-27-2012
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  4. Bad MTB Advice Cat

    Started by wmac, 12-11-2012
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  5. New question here. Educated experienced help needed.

    Started by Charello, 03-05-2014
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  6. Difference between xc and trail FS bikes?

    Started by akaHector, 02-19-2013
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  7. Try and beat this stupidity

    Started by hankscorpio, 07-30-2012
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  8. Do you like kickstands?

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  9. new to bikes, need help with brakes

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  10. 2012 Giant Yukon FX $700 VS 2014 Talon 27.5 4 $700

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  11. Quickest items to upgrade to drop bike weight?

    Started by mtnairnc, 1 Week Ago
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  12. Black socks vs White socks

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  13. What's wrong with this picture?

    Started by patmcginn768, 03-13-2014
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  14. WTH Happend?

    Started by jcd46, 2 Weeks Ago
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  15. endgame

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  16. Newb, Too many choices..

    Started by orangegsx, 02-01-2014
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  17. We the people ... New fork?? Helppppp

    Started by cybertronicify, 3 Weeks Ago
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  18. Bike Suggestions? $600-$800 29er Help

    Started by bshroyz, 03-02-2014
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  19. $1,000 to spend, looking at Airborne and Motobecane

    Started by ATL Jack, 1 Week Ago
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  20. Wheelsets.

    Started by Tay, 2 Weeks Ago
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  21. Bonking ... not feelin' well bad crash. now...I'm nervous to get back out there.

    Started by bear99, 6 Days Ago
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  22. Is my Klein Pulse Comp good enough for now?

    Started by SmellyOlWasp, 5 Days Ago
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  23. Beginner Advice - From a Beginner :)

    Started by sroc3, 1 Week Ago
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  24. At what price point do FS bikes stop being "cheap"

    Started by DaCr, 4 Weeks Ago
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  25. Help with Diamondback Response XE

    Started by andyfloyd, 04-22-2011
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  26. Beginner for MTB

    Started by Dencio, 3 Weeks Ago
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  27. Better components or better ride?

    Started by fg12351, 3 Weeks Ago
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  28. Chain sound - normal or problemo?

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  29. Restoring a MTB- TREK 4100 ALPFA

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  30. How often do you ride?

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  31. Thoughts on This Bike?

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  32. 24" mountain bike for youth?

    Started by de8212, 1 Week Ago
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  33. Xc32

    Started by solly98, 2 Weeks Ago
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  34. Put a deposit on my new bike.

    Started by peanutz, 03-15-2014
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  35. driving myself crazy here....

    Started by jmlivid, 4 Weeks Ago
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  36. Comfortable Seatpost.

    Started by Tay, 2 Weeks Ago
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  37. Whee size, your thought's?

    Started by Tay, 1 Week Ago
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  38. sram 1050 cassete moving

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  39. My LBS has this bike on their rack

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  40. Internet or LBS

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  41. Getting Back Into the Game...

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  42. Bike for college campus?

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  43. new clipless user, need some advice

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  44. Kona or Jamis

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  45. Buying first MNT Bike

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  46. Which Bike?

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  47. Idea! Analysis: Handlebar and stem length

    Started by dgw2jr, 02-07-2013
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  48. Slacker by 1.7 degrees. Worth it?

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  49. stem and handle size

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  50. Wink Newbie looking for upgrade advice.

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  51. Considering a Change

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  52. New question here. tubeless-ready tire questions

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

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  54. Giant XtC NRS 3 2002 - bad idea?

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  55. Fuel EX8 29 vs Remedy 8 650b

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  56. Clippless

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  57. EBBII or sliding dropouts?

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  58. Used Carbon or new alloy Scalpel??

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  59. Tire mounted backwards?

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  60. chain flopping around

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  61. Gravity 29point3 the one for me?

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  62. Trek 930 shx vs Raleigh M80

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  63. 1st Timer. Need lots of info!

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  64. Training on Steep Hills.

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  65. New question here. Drivetrain issues

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  66. U.S to Canada shipping?

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  67. Hello all, new to the forum

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  68. XC platform pedal

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