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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    Any thoughts on Gary fisher +2 sugar

    Looking to purchase my my first fs bike. Anybody have thoughts on GF sugar?
    Looking at a 2003 sugar +2 with low miles.
    Listed for $500
    here are the specs.


    frame: Aluminum. Medium. Adjustable 2.8" or 4.1" travel
    Wheels: 26" bontrager race disk tubeless
    rear shock: fox float R
    fork: fox talas 85-125mm
    brakes: Avid BB7
    shifters: Shimano xt
    front derailleur: shimano xt
    rear Derailleur: shimant xtr
    crankset: bontrager race 22/32/44

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    I think people broke them. But at that price and spec, you could break one, buy an inexpensive hardtail frame to build up with its parts, and still be ahead. Does it fit you and ride well?
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Thank you for the response. Bike fits perfectly and rides super well. Drivetrain and suspension are in prestine condition. The owner is an avid biker who takes a lot of pride In Maintaining his bikes. I really appreciate the input and think I am going to go on it. Will be a great fit for me and my ability at this point.

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    Sweet. Let us know how it goes.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    I don't always buy into that low mileage thing personally. If the owner is truly an avid biker, and maintains his stuff, the mileage really won't matter. He will have replaced worn parts as needed. Good luck with it, and post pictures once you get it.
    '13 FELT TK3 48:15
    Fixed gear - but not a hipster
    2014 miles - 1785/2500

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