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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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: MTBR Glossary

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

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

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  3. If you want to upgrade your Suntour fork

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  4. When are dropper posts "needed"?

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  6. Fezzari, how good is this brand

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  11. A few clipless newbie questions

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  13. 1st Bike, help with dropouts?

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  15. Why do pros turn the front wheel during jumps?

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  16. Help with Diamondback Response XE

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  18. New question here. Newbie Tire Pressure Pinch Flat issue

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  19. 26er XC Riders Forum?

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  20. My first 100+ miles of trail riding

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  21. 1x10 29er convert help.

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  30. Noob Helmet question

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  31. New to MTB, first flat.

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  35. Good job! Get a Kona or not get a Kona ?

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  51. First 20 mile ride...

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  52. just got my first bike

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  53. head tube angle / advice

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  54. New question here. Beginer with a decent bike....

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