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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    Friend of mine

    Hi,

    A friend of mine is starting to mt. bike just like me. He's about 140 5'10. He wants to do xc with a little all mountain. Anyways, he's been arguing with me that the Specialized FSRxc is a great bike and nothing can beat it. I'm trying to tell him that it is a nice bike but its just not worth it.I tried to tell him to look into the Giant Trance 2, but he won't listen. So i'm here right now asking for your guy's advice on what bike he should get. His price range is at most 1500 and he wants to do xc with some all mountain. It would be great if you guys could show me some bikes for him.

    Thanks,
    Sisco

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    Please help!

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    Relax

    And please don't bump this thread again. Which bike is better? The one HE likes, and ends up buying. Yes, I agree that Specialized bikes are overrated and overpriced, but so are the Giant Maestro offerings. Frankly, I wouldn't be so concerned about what he hends up with, provided that he gets the bike that's right for him. As for other options, too many to mention. Have him check out the websites of the major players and do some research on his own. If I had to make a recommendation in that range, I'd be looking at offerings from Jamis and Iron Horse. Both manufacturers have good reputations and typically represent a decent value. If he checks out Randall Scott's website, they typically run some really good deals on Iron Horse products.

    Hopefully this will open up a few more options for him.

    Bob
    'If Wal-Mart sold parachutes, who would jump?' Frank Havnoonian (quoting his father) Drexel Hill Cyclery

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