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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    Can someone tell me the major difference?

    Brand new at this and thought these were some cool deals. Trying to keep it under $700 for my first bike... 2013 Diamondback Overdrive 29er Mountain Bike - Mountain Bikes or this one 2013 Diamondback Overdrive Sport Mountain Bike - Performance Exclusive - Mountain Bikes

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    The frame is basically the same, but its the components that make up the difference in price. A big difference is that the Sport comes with hydraulic brakes while the non-sport comes with mechanical ones. Other than that, the difference from the Sram X4 derailleurs to the Shimano Acera is probably isn't that big of one, at least not that you would be able to tell. The only other big difference is the front shock. They look the same but the Sport has the Suntour XCR-Lo and the non-sport has the Suntour XCT. Both are on the lower end of the SR fork tree. The XCR-lo gives you ability to adjust the rebound where the XCT doesn't. The XCR-Lo also gives you the option of locking out the fork.

    If you go with the Sport ($549.99), I'd much rather go with the Airborne Guardian 2.0 which is $599.99. Airborne Bicycles. Guardian 2.0

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    The more expensive bike with XCR-LO forks has a little larger stanchions too. Couldn't hurt
    Last edited by DennisF; 10-03-2013 at 08:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisF View Post
    The more XCR-LO has a little larger stanchions too. Couldn't hurt
    Forgot about that too.

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    awesome, thanks for the help and suggestions. i've read threads all day, just signed up today, and i keep seein that airborne guardian. gotta be a reason its be recommended by a lot of folks here. thanks again

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    Isn't one a 29er and one a 26" bike? That's a fairly big deal.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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