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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    Advice when looking at a used Full Suspension Kona

    I found a pretty solid looking deal on craigslist for a 2011 Kona Tanuki.

    The price for the bike on the listing is $700 so it is a hard deal to pass up.

    What should I look for if I go to examine this bike? Are there items that would be deal breakers?

    I am going to take a look tonight to see if it is worth buying but I'd just like to know what to look for.

    Thanks.
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    If the frame is clean and the bike is complete, that's a pretty good deal. The AF2 rear shock can be a weak point, for sure, but you can find good deals on a Fox or RS air shock all day long on ebay as a replacement.

    I have a Dawg (predecessor to the Tanuki) and it is a great riding bike. Fun and durable.

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