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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    27.5 inch wheels
    '12 Giant Trance X1, Mavic Crossride Wheels, StansTubeless, SPD Pedals

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    Different wheel sizes

    So I know most bikes have 26" wheels.
    I know a 29er has 29" wheels.
    I know a 69er has a 26" in the back and 29" in front.
    Can someone explain what a 650B is please?

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    It's a 27.5 inch wheel, there is a whole thread dedicated to it. Good info. http://forums.mtbr.com/27-5/

    I have a 650B Neo Moto 2.3 tire waiting on a shop that I can try a 650B on the rear. If it fits I'll swap both wheels, if not I'll run a 650b front.

    It's basically a compromise between 29 and 26. Rolls over things better than a 26, but not as sluggish as a 29.

    Nice thing is if it fits, you don't need a new bike.
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    That is pretty much what I expected. Thanks for the clarification.

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