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 Post. Noob question

    I've been bit by the mtbr bug! I've been trolling this site for awhile and there's so much great info here. More than I can even process at my stage.

    I picked up a Marin Pioneer Trail for $270 new, out the door. Definitely an entry level but it's worked great so far and thought it was a pretty solid deal. I can already tell this is something I'm going to really enjoy doing and it's got me thinking. I've seen some great deals on bikes on some websites brought up in these forums plenty.

    So my question is: Is my bike requisite some upgrades, or should I give it another season, ( I live in Minnesota, not quite sure I'm ready for fat tires in January ) and look for a nicer bike all together.

    I realize there isn't a cut and dry answer, just looking for some general feedback. Thanks.

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    I'd just wait for any big upgrade, that said if you want to personalize your ride with some blings like grips, and even saddle, why not. The rest just wait til it breaks and keep up with the forum, time will do the rest for your next purchase/upgrade decision.

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    After about 2 months of riding my bike every other day ~500miles, I was starting to see where I needed to spend my time and money upgrading. Mimi is ride, ride it along enough to find it's weaknesses.

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    I agree with what mimi said.

    Unless I purchased a good frame with low-end parts, I would save my money and upgrade to a nicer all-around bike instead of just upgrading components. However, upgrading grips or a saddle can be relatively inexpensive depending on what you want to get, so it may be worth doing those.

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    Ride your bike you have now...and save up for a nicer all-around bike....think of the bike you have now as your bike you learned to Mnt Bike on...get comfortable with the sport and then grab a upgrade...thats what I did...Goodluck tooo ya!

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    Thanks for the advice everyone!

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