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 choice for first DH

    So I think I've narrowed down my bike choices to:
    2004 Tomac 204 Magnum -$950
    2005 Norco a-line-$1200
    2005 SC V10-$1300
    2004 Cove peeler-$1000

    I come from a BMX background and intend on doing some collegiate racing. $1300 is the most I'm willing to spend (what I just sold my dirt bike for). I'm leaning toward the tomac, but I've read bad thing about the rear hub-- high maintenance and hard to replace. Also, the tomac is local and I've ridden it, where as the others would need to be shipped to me. What do you think?

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    You might want to put this in the DH forum. Throw in what components they have and/ or maybe a link to their ad. They'll know best over there.

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    OK thanks, now at:
    Best choice for first DH

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