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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    Best Bang for the Buck?

    I am new to mountain biking and this forum. I've been a couple times on local trails here in Missouri and at some camps I have been to. I am soon to be 15 and about 6 foot and I was looking for a bike at or under $500. I was looking at the Forge Sawback 5xx, Specialized HRXC disc, and Specialized Hardrock Sport or any 3 series Trek bikes. I want a quality bike that will take a couple falls and use on trails and gravel roads, riding about once or twice a week during the summer.


    Forge Sawback 5xx- http://www.forgebikes.com/saw5blu.asp
    HRXC disc-http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=32283
    Hardrock Sport-http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=32576
    Trek series-http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/2008/mountain_hardtail/

    Thanks

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    Under 550 is a tough class especially since your 15 your gonna beat a bike good so you definitely dont want a lightweight bike. If you could possibly scrape up 200 more the Alpine 650 would stand a better chance otherwise the 550 which is still a little over but the frames are strong. The 450 will work but if your DJ'ing an havin a blast the better components will hold up longer, but ya gotz ta get whatz within the budget.

    http://www.ibexbikes.com/Stacks/Series_Alpine.html
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    I own two Forge Bikes, the Sawback 5xx and the M Street. Both are a great "Bang for the buck". You will find the frames are 6061 aluminum and the quality is right on. The components alone on this bike is almost three times the price. Checkout the other reviews on the Sawback 5xx, I don't think you can go wrong.

    Forge Sawback 5xx 17" Silver

    I would also suggest researching for additional savings by googling target.com coupons for an extra 10% off.

    Welcome and best of luck.

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