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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    Is any 29" rim considered a 29'er?

    I just started riding a Specialized Crosstrail, very new to biking... would it be considered a 29'er?

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    29er is a general term with reference to wheel size. The Crosstrail has a 700c, so technically, it is a 29er.

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    29er is the term for a 29" rim, it is also equivalent to 700cc on the road bike world.

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    My old Karate Monkey was a 29er but had a stock wheelset rims listed as a 700c x 22.5. Exact same wheelset my Salsa Casseroll had on it and it was a road bike(700c x 41 tires).
    Only thing I noticed was that the 29er WTB tire for the Monkey fit very loosely around the bead & rim. I always worried it would burp or blowout if I hit it just right. I usually like tires to fit the rims better than that. But it worked!
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    thanks all. I'll start referring to it as a 29er from here on...

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    29er is a marketing term. While 700C used to refer to something specific, it has drifted. Both refer to a rim with a 622 mm bead seat diameter, but to my mind, 700C implies road and hybrid tires while 29er implies a mountain bike.

    OP, you can call your hybrid anything you want to. It's a free country. But you'll confuse everybody else.
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