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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    Fuel EX 5.5 or Rush 6Z.

    I went to my LBS yesterday to look around for a Fuel Ex 5.5. I love the body style on that bike, but the worker pointed me to a Rush 6z which he said was probably better. I couldnt try out either of them since they dont carry either in store. Anyone tried either of these bikes? If so, share your opinions please. They are both in the price range i want to stay in but I really dont like the red or blue color that the 6z is offered in.

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    Personally, I have last years Fuel EX 5 and am happy with the bike. I am going to be replacing the rear-suspension though. Don't know what the upgrades from the 5 to the 5.5 are.

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