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.
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    Good 29 tires for mountain bike?

    OK, I have my Surly Ogre frameset, and am starting to learn how to put it together. What is a good tire for commuting/dirt roads/ Something pretty puncture proof.

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    I don't think the different companies' puncture protections are all that different from one another. But, having puncture protection is better than not having puncture protection.

    With MTB tires, make sure you get tires with puncture protection under the tread, not sidewall protection. (Unless you tend to tear sidewalls, then get both. Point is, it's a different problem.)

    Any XC tire should do the job reasonably well. Get the second-tier version. If the Ogre will clear a 2.3", do that.

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