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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    ... and if we just ... Which bike should I go with based on these needs?

    Hello,

    new to the forum here. I want to get a bike good for heavy trails, large obstacles, something with big shocks and 29 inch tires seems to be the way to go? I dont know what else there is to it so I figured someone on the thread could point me in the right direction. Whats the difference in all these brands?

    I am looking to spend up to 750 maybe even 800 on a good mountain bike that will suit my needs for a long time. I am not planning on upgrading anytime soon, if ever. I want a durable sturdy bike that wont require an expert to maintain.

    Any help is appreciated, thanks for reading!

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    Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - 29er Full Suspension Gravity FSX 29ONE

    Found this Gravity Fx One 29 incher for 600. Says the sticker is much higher, is this a good deal? the description seems like it would fit my request

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    Not happening at your budget point new and very unlikely to find a good fs in that range used. And a used full suspension will almost always need money for maintenance.
    You can hit a lot of rocks, roots and 3' drops with a good 29 hardtail. The Marin Bobcat 29 on ebay has a good maintenance free air fork and decent drive components.
    2013 Marin Bobcat Trail 29er 19" MTB Hardtail Bike Shimano 9S Hydraulic Disc New | eBay

    Otherwise check CL and local mb forum classifieds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky4 View Post
    heavy trails, large obstacles.......I am looking to spend up to 750 maybe even 800 on a good mountain bike that will suit my needs for a long time. I am not planning on upgrading anytime soon, if ever. I want a durable sturdy bike that wont require an expert to maintain.
    Let me get this straight. So you want a bike:
    - that's inexpensive ($750ish)
    - for hard riding
    - that you don't have to maintain

    Uh oh

    Regardless of what you buy, you're going to have to maintain it if you want it to hold up well. The more riding you do, and the harder you ride, the more maintenance you'll probably need, and the more likely parts will wear out and or break. And if you're new to this kind of riding, be prepared to bang up your bike pretty good.

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    The stickers on BD bikes are ridiculous. Find a bike with an equivalent build from one of the majors - that's a more realistic number to compare to. It'll still be more than the BD price, but less than the MSRP they claim.

    $750 is fine. Buy secondhand, or get the bike in eb's link.

    Riding off-road chews bikes. No getting around that. I do most of my own maintenance; it's mostly not a big deal. I haven't torn into hydraulic disc brakes or a modern fork, but a lot of posters do that themselves too. At a minimum, I think you should be prepared to clean and lube your chain and tune your drivetrain. And, repairs on the trail - flat tires and the occasional broken chain.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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