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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    complete novice w/?'s

    i posted this in what bike to buy but think i can get alot of help in both area's so i just wanted to post a link. thanks
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    If you are looking at best bang for the buck check out Ibex, you will be hard pressed to find better.

    http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/ALP-650-Details.html

    http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/TR-COMP-Details.html

    http://www.ibexbikes.com/contact_us.html

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