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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    For all your "Buying a Bike" questions...

    I found this very informative guide to buying your first mountain bike snooping around the net. It's a must read for everyone looking to buy their first beginner bike. Enjoy!

    Make sure it fits
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    I dunno. I always read these fitting recommendations that talk about 3-4 inches crotch clearance. I have short legs and I'm sure I'd have to get a kids bike to achieve this. I ride a medium size bike and I have less than zero standover clearance but feel totally comfortable in the saddle. The top tube length is great and if anything i feel like I could be stretched out a little further. So a small would be too cramped IMO. Also despite all this standover height stuff I always read about online in the real world, every bike shop I've ever walked into has always recommended medium saying that small would be too cramped.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

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    You arent going to get 3-4 inches crotch clearance on an xc bike...more like 1 inch. As long as you dont crush yourself when standing overvthe bike, you are fine.

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    Also, just noticed that the article said you need 3 or 4 inches of crotch clearance to get an appropriate tt length. Totally bogus - there is no standard proportion between seat tube and top tube length.. at least not in the range of 3 to 4 inches crotch clearance.

    I stopped reading after that...

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    I'd settle for noobs giving us at least some info about themselves. Height, weight, age, what kind of riding do they want to do, experience, degree of fitness, where do they ride, are there any trails they've ridden that they could use to describe what they want to do, that sort of thing. Usually, it's "Hi, I'm new here, what should I get and what size?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shibby View Post
    You arent going to get 3-4 inches crotch clearance on an xc bike...more like 1 inch. As long as you dont crush yourself when standing overvthe bike, you are fine.
    When you have 'balls of steel' like myself it doesn't really matter. The softer aluminium frame will most likely come off second best.

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