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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    which brand bike will you choose for yourself?

    which brand bike will you choose for yourself?
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    I would like to buy one.

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    Specialized seems like it would be a good company to own. Buy them and then let me have free bikes.

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    Have owned Schwinn, Diamond Back, KHS, Santa Cruz, Cannondale, Norco, Leader, Specialized, Kona, Trek, Gary Fisher, Jamis and Giant but the last bikes have all been Giants (NRS, Reign X and Talon); having said that when the time to purchase arrives I don't buy based on brand loyalty, I buy by part spec, fit, price and appearance.

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    It depends on how much money you have to spend.
    Converting to dollars, over about $1,000 there is nothing that you will buy new that will be truly bad.

    Everybody will have their favourite, mine is Kona.

    Under $1,000 is a bit of a minefield, and you will need to be careful, but in my opinion you should be looking at hardtails (front suspension only) at that price, if buying new.

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    I ride a Rocky Mountain so I'd go with that, but if I were to go buy a new bike right now, it would probably be a Yeti.

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    Each brand sortof has a nitche or thing they do best, depends on what you want to use it for(bike....duh, right?! Lol!)

    I like steel frames, so I tend to go with Surly, All City, and Salsa. They make good stuff for reasonable in the frame material and specs I want. I am not crazy about Treks or Specialized stuff only because they are super common around here and I don't like seeing my bike every block(I do have a Trek cargo bike though....I got it cheap on CL).

    So I like:
    Steel for frames
    Not seeing mine on every block
    Decent specs for price
    Decent availability for quick delivery since I always have to order my bikes since I am short and tiny,nobody carries short and tiny in stock unless it is mommy hybrid crap.
    2010 Surly Conundrum
    2012 Pugsley
    2012 Felt Brougham
    2013 Salsa Colossal
    2013 All City Nature Boy
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    I 've bought a Fisher,Merlin,Trek,Santana,Ibis,Intense,and Santa Cruz and been happy with them all.

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    Norco, Cannondale and Giant, all been great and I just ordered a new Norco.

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    I've own/have owned a lot of bikes, including Specialized, Turner, Intense, Diamond Back, Trek, Access, Sinister, Haro, Premium, Redline, Hutch, GT, Aztech, Kona, Jamis and Litespeed.

    The ones I really drool over though are made by a friend of mine in New Hamshire tho. One of these days, I'll have a custom steel ride from Wraith Cycles. Ridiculously nice bikes.

    Wraith bicycles is dedicated to building chromoly steel Full suspension bicycles for DH (down hill) trail or all mountain, custom made for the individual and not the masses.

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    Brand?? Hm,...it all depends on the type of you bike. I ride XC in the PNW. So we deal a lot with roots and rocks...mostly when they are wet. We do lots of uphills and downhills.

    So after riding on FS, HT, rigid, 27sp, 9sp, single speed...

    Probably if given the opportunity, I would like to try a Pivot Mach 5.7.

    Otherwise, I'm happy to hit the trails with my Dialled Bikes Prince Albert (steel hardtail). Of course, my brand new Dialled Bikes Alpine just came in (higher grade steel, made for longer travel fork) so I'll be building that up and riding that for a while.
    Just get out and ride!

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    Kona. The shop that sponsors my team gives us a good price.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    I look to find the frame at a good price that works best for my style and level of riding on my particular trails. I do that for each component. I've got all the components now so I'm looking for a frame. And maybe some wider rims next. I need a 29 hard tail. The Trek Superfly 9.6 and Pivot Les are what I'm looking at.

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    We still do not know what budget the OP has.

    Without that information it is hard to recommend anything really.

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    It's a nonsensical question. About the only thing knowing budget would do is eliminate a couple boutique brands. It's more fun to give smart-ass answers anyway.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Re: which brand bike will you choose for yourself?

    Shouldn't buy a bike on brand, should know what type of bike you'll need.

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    One of each.

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    I love my Orange Crush.. it is the best bike for me as it is comfortable and does not aggravate and existing injury but lets me still have fun and ride anywhere even jump a little too... lol Plus I can get back into riding again after a few years off due to the injury...




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    Quote Originally Posted by alexas gaudet View Post
    which brand bike will you choose for yourself?
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    I would like to buy one.
    Seven Cycles, or Kent Eriksen. Buy one of each

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