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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  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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  9. I concede

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  14. How does this compare to single-track?

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  16. Do i need to relube my chain after cleaning my bike?

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  17. stem length: Please educate me?

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  18. Best Mountain Bikes Under $1000

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  19. How good are RST front forks

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  20. My glorious return to mountain biking!

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  21. Trail Etiquette: What to do?

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  22. New question here. Of these bikes, which do you recommend?

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