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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  1. #1
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    Jun 2011

    Ellsworth Joker?!?!?

    Hey guys I am new to the forum but have lurked for a while.. I am in need of some help!!

    I currently own a Jamis Dakar XC 2009 and am looking at getting and Ellsworth Joker with some upgrades (fox vanilla rear shock, marzocci drop out fork) but it has the original swing arm

    Worth getting? I am planning on trading a guitar that's worth about $1000.

    Thanks guys, Brad!

  2. #2
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    Aug 2006
    Not really, for a grand you can find much better used bikes. Giant Reign, Santa Cruz Blur, Cannondale Prophet or Rush, etc. Joker is a very heavy bike. I have a Moment and even that's heavy.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2006
    Yeah, I owned a Joker before, and I'd pass on that.

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