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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    Arch pain when riding

    Hey all just got a 2013 Marlin 29er and notice when riding it I get pain in the arch area of my feet, any idea what can be causing this?
    Also never had an issue with this on my rockhopper or revel.

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    Ok, maybe a little too obvious but have you considered putting an arch supports in your shoes?

    If I understand correctly you haven't had this problem before and now you are wondering what's going on. Maybe nothing bad is going on -- you are just sitting differently on your new bike and it triggered a different pain. If you had switched from platform to clipless then there might be a foot positioning issue. But I assume you would have mentioned this change.

    Wear well-fitting shoes, preferably made for mountain biking and get arch supports if you have arch pain.

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    Yeah it's strange same shoes as i was using on my other bikes didn't know if it was because it was a 29er or not. You might be right about the bike has me in a different position I am going to try sliding my seat back some as I feel a bit crowded with where it is.

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