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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    Beginner needs opinion on which to buy, from trek 3500 up to trek 3900, some GT etc

    Complete noob when it comes to bicycles. I only know difference in normal, disc, hydro brakes.

    Anyway I will be using the bike for:
    - Mianly around city, long distance
    - Some light off road trail once in a while
    - Some mediocore off road trailes at least once a month

    I live in a small European island without many shops and options.

    Down here is list of bikes I can buy with my bidget:

    Micromania Biker [β]

    Micromania Biker [β]

    Micromania Biker [β]

    Micromania Biker [β]

    Micromania Biker [β]

    Micromania Biker [β]

    Micromania Biker [β]

    Micromania Biker [β]

    Micromania Biker [β]

    Micromania Biker [β]

    Micromania Biker [β]

    Which one you think is the best for my needs? I was thinking the cheapest option trek 3500 disc 2013 but friends told me it has tiny disc brakes and only 21 speeds which is not good.

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    21 speeds means a freewheel, more means a freehub. A freehub is more serviceable. Test ride the different models in and out of ditches and off the parking lot surface for a little more info on which feels good. Test ride some 29s.
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    Good SLX components.
    Have a friend in Italy you can visit? Shipping is too much to Cyprus.
    Canyon | Mountainbikes | Grand Canyon AL 29 5.9
    Much better fork.

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    The Cicli Elios will be at store in couple of weeks no need for shipping.
    Cicli Elios Alu Hoop Disc Hydro 29er (2013) seems great with 27 speed and hydro..

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    More gears doesn't mean a better bike .In ways more gears are worse ,thinner gears and chains wear out faster .

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    More gears doesn't mean a better bike .In ways more gears are worse ,thinner gears and chains wear out faster .
    Thats good to know, any suggestions from the above list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    More gears doesn't mean a better bike .In ways more gears are worse ,thinner gears and chains wear out faster .
    That has been proven to be false. 10/11 speed parts last longer than 9 speed.

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