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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    New question here. Fezzari Lone Peak or 2013 Dawes Haymaker 1500

    I am a noob to MTB and looking for help with my first purchase. I am trying to keep my budget under $600 and have narrowed my search to Fezzari Lone Peak or 2013 Dawes Haymaker 1500. Both sell for $499. I really like the look and reviews of the Fezzari but the Dawes appears to have higher quality components.

    I will be using the bike for trail riding. Nothing too serious around where I live in Frisco, Texas.

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    Have you checked CL to see if there are any good used deals that you could get for a first bike?

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    I checked the other day but did not see anything in my budget that appealed to me.

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    Fezzari Lone Peak or 2013 Dawes Haymaker 1500

    Also consider the Airborne Guardian. The guy i ride with has one and he really likes it. Great spec for a $599 bike.

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    I am 5'8". Thanks I will look into the Airborne.

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