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 first bike under$800...

    Been asking around and I see it's not an easy task and opinions vary but want to know what's the best mountain bike I can get for about $800? I'm 6'0 tall, 220 lbs., and inseam is 32 inches...

    I'm looking for something I can ride around on the street and tough enough that can take a few trails... No hard jumping or anything just some strolls through some trails and tough enough for riding around town...

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    The best bike is the one that fits,and that you like for whatever reason. At what ever price point bike are very much the same.

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    If you KNOW what fits you, you can order an Airborne or a BAMF or the like and get really good bang for your buck. But definitely start out test riding some bikes for comfort and (most importantly) fit.

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    I'm 6'1, 185lbs with a 32" and ride a 19" to 19.5" frame, but with a lot of these new styled frames, stand over height isn't that big of a issue so its always good to go out to a LBS and just try a few out.

    Jenson is having some solid deals though...

    Focus Black Forest 4.0 26" Bike 2012 > Sale | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop

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    Thanks guys... Wish it was easier than car buying. Lol

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    For that price look to see if there's any good used bikes in your area

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