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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    First Mountain Bike Purchase

    I am looking to purchase my first entry level 29er mountain bike. Have done some research, and being in Canada with a limited my selection I have narrowed my search to the following. Could you please let me know your recommendations and why (will help me understand better).
    Many Thanks!!

    Marin Bolinas Ridge 29er 29er Hardtail

    $550

    Frame Marin double-butted 6061 aluminum
    Fork SR Suntour XCM-LO-29, 100mm-travel
    Rims/Wheels Alex TD-25
    Hubs Formula aluminum
    Spokes 14g stainless-steel
    Tires Geax Saguaro, 29 x 2.2
    Crankset SR Suntour XCR
    Chainrings 44/32/22
    Front Derailleur Shimano Acera
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio
    Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 9-speed: 11-34
    Shifters Shimano Acera
    Handlebars Marin double-butted aluminum
    Tape/Grips Marin extra dual-density
    Stem Forged aluminum
    Brake Levers Tektro HDC 300
    Brakes Tektro HDC 300 hydraulic disc, 7/6-inch rotors
    Pedals Aluminum
    Saddle Marin Comp mountain
    Seatpost Aluminum micro-adjust


    DiamondBack overDrive

    $450

    Frame Overdrive 29" Butted 6061-T6 Aluminum w/ Formed Top / Down Tube, machined headtube, forged drop outs w/replaceable hanger, for V-Brake
    Fork SR Suntour XCT 100mm travel, 28.6mm stanchions
    Rear Shock N/A
    Cranks SR Suntour XCC-202, 22/32/42t
    Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
    F. Derailleur Shimano TX50 dual pull, Top swing, 34.9
    R. Derailleur Shimano Altus 7spd
    Shifter Shimano EF-51 Easyfire 7spd
    Brake Levers Shimano integrated lever
    Brakes Promax Alloy Linear
    Gear Shimano HG20 7spd Cassette (12-28t)
    Rims 32h Weinmann SL-7 Doublewall
    Tires WTB Wolverine Comp 29x2.2
    Pedals MTB Resin 9/16"
    Handlebar DB Lazer Series 31.8mm low rise
    Stem DB AL6061 Ahead 7° 31.8mm
    Seatpost DB Lazer Series Micro Adjust 30.9mm
    Seat DB Race saddle
    Headset Integrated FSA Drop-in ACB upper, Zero Stack lower internal cup and cartridge bearing, 1 1/8"
    Colors Black
    Chain KMC-Z51
    Hubset (F) 32h SL-7 Alloy QR (R) 32h SL-7 Alloy Cassette QR
    Spokes Black 14g Stainless Steel
    Grips DB4L 135mm Kraton
    GT Karakoram 4.0 29R Satin Black 2013

    $599

    Specifications:

    · Frame: NEW 29" Hydroformed 6061 T6™ Aluminum Frame, w/ Triple Triangle™, Replaceable Derailleur Hanger, Disc Brake Mounts, and Zerostack 1 1/8" Head Tube
    · Fork: SR Suntour XCT-MLO w/ 100mm Travel, 29", Steel Stanchions, Aluminum Leg, Post Mount Disc Brake, Mechanical Lockout, QR
    · Crank: SR Suntour Nex-T102-Pb, 42/34/24T
    · Bottom Bracket: Tange Sealed
    · Rear Derailleur: Shimano, Alivio, RD-M430
    · Front Derailleur: Shimano Altus, FD-M190
    · Shifters: Shimano Sl-M310, Rapid Fire
    · Cog Set: Shimano CS-HG31-8, 11-32T, 8-Speed Cassette
    · Rims: Alex TD19, Double Wall, 32H
    · Hubs: All Terra Alloy Disc, W/ Quick Release
    · Brake: Tektro Novela Cable Disc, W/ 160mm Rotor



    GT Timberline 1.0 Chrome 29R 2013

    $499

    Specifications:

    · Frame: GT Tachyon compact geometry Speed Metal™ aluminum frame with Butted and hydroformed (TT,DT), Internal cable routing, forged drop-outs, all braze ons, replaceable derailleur hanger
    · Fork: SR Suntour XCT w/ 80mm Travel, 29", QR
    · Crank: Suntour XCC T102 42/34/24T
    · Bottom Bracket: Cartridge Sealed
    · Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera, RD-M360
    · Front Derailleur: Shimano TX51
    · Shifters: Shimano EF-51 EZ Fire Plus, 8 Speed
    · Cog Set: Shimano CS-HG31-8, 11-32T, 8-Speed Cassette
    · Rims: Alex Ace 24, Double Wall, 32H
    · Hubs: Alloy QR
    · Brake: Promax Forged Caliper Cable Disc W/ 160mm Rotor

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    The recommendion is buy the that fits you ,within a price range bike are a lot alike.Test ride them if can .Choose which one because you like it,for any reason.Read the header on this page.

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    I'd drop the 7 speed freewheel bike, the freewheels are difficult to maintain.

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    not sure if you have any around you but you could also check out REI.com they have quite a few nice bikes in your price range as well. You can usually find a coupon code or if you sign up to be a member i believe you can save quite a few bucks.

    Also, check out your LBS and ride them all. ride them twice even and pick the one the feels the best to you.

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    Could someone please let me know what is a better bike from a technical standpoint? Thanks!

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    GT all the way. Honestly I am a complete noob and just got in to mountain biking. I just ordered the GT Timberline 1.0 29er. I found it for 399. Keep shopping and try to find a good deal.

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    In my experience GT makes a great bike for the money at entry level mtb's.

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