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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    First MTB in 10 years

    Well, I just wanted to stop in and say hi. I just bought my first bike in 10 years. I used to be in BMX pretty hardcore in junior high and the beginning of high school, but then cars and girls became more important. I've had some friends wanting me to get into XC riding with them and I finally gave in. I bought a 2008 Motobecane 400DS. It's not the best, but it will serve it's purpose to get me back in the door. Stats on the bike:
    [SIZE="1"]Fork RST CAPA T7 80mm TRAVEL - adjustable
    Crankset TruVativ Aluminum Triple 22/32/42T 175mm
    Pedals ATB Beartrap
    Front Derailleur Shimano Acera
    Rear Derailleur Shimano ALIVIO Long Cage
    Shifters Shimano Acera 8 Speed STI Triggershift
    Cassette/Freewheel Cassette 12-28T 8 Speed Hyperglide
    Chain 8 Speed Z72 Narrow
    Hubs M-Wing DiscSpecific Aluminum (black)
    Spokes Stainless Steel
    Rims WEINMANN SP-17 - Double Wall Aluminum CNC sidewalls
    Tires WTB Velociraptor Blackwall 26 x 2.10
    Brakes TEKTRO IO Mechanical Disc Brakes
    Brake Levers SHIMANO for Disc
    Headset Tioga Alchemy Ahead Threadless Sealed 1.125 inch
    Handlebar M-Wing Comp Aluminum Riser
    Stem M-Wing Comp Threadless Aluminum 1.125 inch
    Tape/Grip WTB Black Palm Pillow
    Saddle WTB Speed V with comfort groove
    Seat Post M-Wing Aluminum Micro-Adjust
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    I've got to go to my LSB and pick up a helmet and gloves and I'll be set. I plan on riding FDR park (rated the best in the midwest by most riders) here in Dubuque and heading to Levis Mound this summer in northern Wisconsin. It's about 2 miles from where I go every summer to fish. Should be a good time. I've already learned alot lurking here for 3 days. I hope to get alot more info and help in the future.

    Pic of the bike:
    Last edited by iadubber; 05-04-2007 at 09:06 AM.

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    Ride hard dude.

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    S*it Happens!
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    Hey, I’ve seen you before. That is a nice bike and I like the color… For the money, you did well! I took your photo for my website. Lets us know how it rides.

    Congrats!!

    Fred.
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    Welcome. I'm new around here myself after taking about 10 years off. It's a great sport to get into.
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