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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    forge edgmont new bike

    hey there. i've read all the good stuff about the sawback

    how would this bike compare to trek or specialized low end beginner bike.??

    i would primarily ride 75% street. 25% fire road / dirt roads. would this be suitable for my situation

    thanks in addvance

    opps heres the link http://www.forgebikes.com/edgemontsport.asp

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    If you can stretch your money alittle you'll be sooo much better off picking up something from your LBS. You can test ride and get something fitted to you, that being said, Forge bikes look well specd. for the money, but I don't know how they are to deal with if you have some kind of warranty issue. Good luck and check out a few LBS for 08 or older leftovers, you might score a sweet deal.

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    you said you plan to ride 75% street, and 25% fire road, gravel, etc. This means 0% on off-road trails, singletrack, etc? That bike looks like it is suited just fine for the riding you plan to do, and could probably even handle some light singletrack riding. I definitely won't argue against buying a bike from your LBS (you should at least check them out), but that bike should be fine.

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    I own the Forge Sawback 5xx and M Street. Forge customer service is excellent and their bikes are well made. The components on the bike are very Forge, good specs at a great value. If you go to the Forge site they have the specs and size measurement listed:
    http://www.forgebikes.com/edgemontsport.asp

    If buying on the web is not your preference, I would suggest the Giant Boulder or Trek 3700or 3900.

    PS: If you buy the Forge please post pictures so we can get a good view.

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