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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    Bike for Marathon and TransAlp

    I am interested in Marathon MTB and eventually one day trying to do the TransAlp race. I have watched some videos on you tube and there is a mix of fully and hard tail bikes. I would guess the hard tails have harder time coming down hill and with lockout on the fully, there is no advantage to a hard tail. right?

    So what would you guys recommend as a few makes and models that I should look at and test ride? What is the most important criteria in a marathon bike (Weight, travel, or something else)?

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    Well if your looking for a light race bike check this one out http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/191...ntain-Bike.htm top of the line everything. XTR Drivetrain, Avid Juicy 7 brakes, FSA Carbon everything. This bike has a 500 dollar crankset
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