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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    Big Guy Needs Sturdy Freeride Bike

    I just started to ride at bike parks for DH runs last year for the first time. I rented each time and now would like to purchase a bike. I am a big guy: 6'1", 235lbs. I was looking for feedback on bikes that other big guys are riding, especially those weighing 220lbs or more. I am not looking for a specific DH rig because I do a lot of urban riding and local trails when not at the ski resorts. I was hoping to find a bike that is a decent peddler for the local trails and parks in NYC, but also can handle the times I bring it to Diablo or Plattekill ski resorts for DH runs. This will be my first full suspension bike and I would like my purchase to go a long way considering how expensive these bikes are. I have no experience with full suspension rigs to be repairing them frequently or breaking frame welds. So what frreride bikes are the big guys riding that they can reccommend as a sturdy well built bike that can handle the DH runs and jumps, but also can peddle uphill when not at the resort? I was also trying to stay under $3000.00. I need a great intro bike to this sport. Thanks for any feedback.

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    Versus Blitz is a excelent AM bike that can handle anything you can dish out & it will come back for more. Very smooth suspension, geometry that can climb & decend with plush smooth authority. Full needle bearings at all pivot points with zerk fittings for lubrication.

    http://www.adrenalinebikes.com/store...%2C%20MOUNTAIN
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    Wow that is a great looking bike. Thanks for all the input guys. The research has begun. Going to look at the enduros too 'cause they are probably really efficient peddlers with decent frames and components. I appreciate all the help.

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