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. Sticky Thread Sticky: Mountain Bike Ride Packing List

    Started by mfranklin01, 06-20-2007
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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. 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. 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

    Started by hankscorpio, 07-30-2012
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  9. Idea! Analysis: Handlebar and stem length

    Started by dgw2jr, 02-07-2013
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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. Quickest items to upgrade to drop bike weight?

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  15. Newb, Too many choices..

    Started by orangegsx, 02-01-2014
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  16. $1,000 to spend, looking at Airborne and Motobecane

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

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  18. Better components or better ride?

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  19. new to bikes, need help with brakes

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  20. WTH Happend?

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  21. $1100 what to do

    Started by WoodyBoy74, 12-31-2013
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  22. At what price point do FS bikes stop being "cheap"

    Started by DaCr, 4 Weeks Ago
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  23. Beginner Advice - From a Beginner :)

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

    Started by cybertronicify, 4 Weeks Ago
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  25. Rove Ti sizing

    Started by mntandem, 10-20-2013
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  26. endgame

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  27. My LBS has this bike on their rack

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  28. Put a deposit on my new bike.

    Started by peanutz, 03-15-2014
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  29. How often do you ride?

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  30. Wheelsets.

    Started by Tay, 2 Weeks Ago
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  31. Is my Klein Pulse Comp good enough for now?

    Started by SmellyOlWasp, 1 Week Ago
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  32. Beginner for MTB

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  33. Clippless

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  34. What the heck did I just do?

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  35. new clipless user, need some advice

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  36. Chain sound - normal or problemo?

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  37. Buying first MNT Bike

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  41. Getting Back Into the Game...

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  42. stem and handle size

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  43. XC platform pedal

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  44. Whee size, your thought's?

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  45. Comfortable Seatpost.

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  46. Considering a Change

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

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  48. CO2 Inflators?

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  49. Delusional?

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  50. Looking to buy first bike

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  51. Internet or LBS

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  53. 26 HT and 29 FS

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  54. Kona or Jamis

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  56. First bike narrowed down to 2?

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  57. What to do about these pedals

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  58. Thoughts on This Bike?

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  59. Suspension corrected forks

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