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 "real" bike

    Not really new to biking (plenty as a kid/teen/early 20's), but never did anything serious. Now, reconnected with an old hockey teammate and some other guys, and would like to do some trail riding, forest service roads etc, ride with girlfriend etc.


    I"m 6' 140(!), but don't really like the huge feeling of what I am on now. Riding it on some dirt trails is alot of work, whereas when I borrowed my dads 17.5" Haro full suspension bike (can't recall the model) and rode to the trail, around the loop, back trough town finished off climbing the hill to get to his house and still felt like I could do more. It was touch over 2.5 hrs from start to finish.



    Leaning towards Fuel EX5 (found some decently priced used ones) as I like to jump things (mx background coming out). There is a '09 Stumpjumper PRO FSR for 1600, but that may not be what I need this early on. Currently riding 90's Giant Rincon SE 19.5". I work valet @ casino so I walk at least 3/4 of my day and not someone who is way out of shape.

    Budget is $1000-1500. I thought I would start out there and maybe next spring when I have more riding under my belt see where I am at.

    Hope that is enough info. Ready to buy something now but wanted to check here. Thursday gf and I are going to the closest town with good bike shops. She is ready to move out of the walmart bike and I will talk to them too, but I was hoping to pick up a lightly used bike that new would be out of budget.

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    What kind of riding are you gearing towards? Will you be riding technical/rocky areas or are you more concentrated on flat fire road type rides?

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    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakester View Post
    What kind of riding are you gearing towards? Will you be riding technical/rocky areas or are you more concentrated on flat fire road type rides?
    Whatever terrain I can put my tires on, but would like to ride hills, singletrack whatever. Just ride!!

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    I like a lot of specialized bikes, but I'm wary of the house brand shock and the Brain set-up adds complexity that I'm not sure I'd want to have to deal with maintenance-wise. You'll be able to find something sweet used in your price range that you'll be able to progress on though. What part of the country are you in?

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    First "real" bike

    Check your local Craigslist. Lots of older high model specialized bikes for pretty cheap.

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