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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    dont know what bike to get

    hello everyone im new.

    im looking to buy a nice mountain bike, under 200 (400 dollars) must be aluminium, and must have holes for a pannier rack on the rear,

    the bikes that take my fancy are: GT Palomar, Mongoose Rockadile, and a diamondback topanger comp, (extremely hard to find in the UK, at least online..) ?

    any other recommendations or further info on these bikes would be very much appreciated

    Thanks
    Shaun

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    Try the GT Avalanche.Hope that helps!

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