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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    Started by mfranklin01, 06-20-2007
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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)

    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

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  4. Bad MTB Advice Cat

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  5. Help with Diamondback Response XE

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  6. Giant XtC NRS 3 2002 - bad idea?

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  7. Difference between xc and trail FS bikes?

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  8. Try and beat this stupidity

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  9. Idea! Analysis: Handlebar and stem length

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  10. New question here. Educated experienced help needed.

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  11. 2012 Giant Yukon FX $700 VS 2014 Talon 27.5 4 $700

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  12. Do you like kickstands?

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  13. What's wrong with this picture?

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  14. Newb, Too many choices..

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  15. Quickest items to upgrade to drop bike weight?

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

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  17. First Bike...Trek X Caliber?

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  18. Black socks vs White socks

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  19. WTH Happend?

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  20. $1,000 to spend, looking at Airborne and Motobecane

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

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  22. We the people ... New fork?? Helppppp

    Started by cybertronicify, 3 Weeks Ago
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  23. Beginner Advice - From a Beginner :)

    Started by sroc3, 1 Week Ago
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  24. new to bikes, need help with brakes

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  25. Better components or better ride?

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

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  27. Rove Ti sizing

    Started by mntandem, 10-20-2013
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  28. clueless noob ;-)

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  29. My LBS has this bike on their rack

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  30. endgame

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  31. Put a deposit on my new bike.

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  32. Beginner for MTB

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  33. Wheelsets.

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  34. Fixed cleat?

    Started by jackspade, 03-04-2014
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  35. Clippless

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  36. What does mtb mean???

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  38. Do you Ride Injured?

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  39. Chain sound - normal or problemo?

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  40. Upgrade or New Bike

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  41. climbing hurts lower back

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  42. Restoring a MTB- TREK 4100 ALPFA

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  43. new clipless user, need some advice

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  44. Is my Klein Pulse Comp good enough for now?

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  45. Fuji Bikes

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  46. Training on Steep Hills.

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  47. stem and handle size

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  48. why is my suspension too soft?

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  49. Buying first MNT Bike

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  50. Whee size, your thought's?

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  51. Comfortable Seatpost.

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  52. Slacker by 1.7 degrees. Worth it?

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  53. Entry Level Forks

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

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  56. Cool-blue Rhythm Your Thoughts on this Bike Please?

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  59. Considering a Change

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  60. Internet or LBS

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  62. First bike narrowed down to 2?

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  63. Kona or Jamis

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  64. Thoughts on This Bike?

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