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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    is this bike better than my raleigh mojave 4.0


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    My 2 pennies...

    The Giant that's listed as "a couple years old" isn't going to be a huge improvement. Unless you consider around a decade as "a couple of years, I woldn't consider that bike.

    The GT seems pretty solid. I don't know what the msrp was for the bike, though. It's a better bike than what you have now. One thing to be aware of: It has a rigid fork, so you'll have no suspension. If your budget is $500 (asking price of the GT), you may want to consider heading to a local bike shop and looking around to see what you can get from them.

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    If you looking for a better bike, not that the Giant is a bad bike, but just forget about that one. The GT you have posted is a fully ridged 29R. Whole different type of riding style. You either swear by them, or swear at them. The GT is overall a more expensive bike than what you have now. But you might not like the ride it gives you. The real ? is, what is wrong with the Raliegh? Have you out grown it, is it failing and falling apart? It is a entry level bike, but not a bad bike by any means.

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    i feel i bought a frame that is a bit too big for me. I am hoping i found the bike i am after, it is a specialized 2009 comp 29er with discs, has front suspension. and only has like 100 miles on it, for 500 bucks

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    sorry it's the rockhopper comp 29er disc

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    Cool...

    Quote Originally Posted by polock
    sorry it's the rockhopper comp 29er disc

    If it fits you, it sounds like you have a great bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken in KC
    If it fits you, it sounds like you have a great bike.

    I agree

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