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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    Heavy Newbie needs advice

    I am 6' 375lb and was looking at a Breeser Thunder Comp, do you think that is a good buy? I am new to mountain biking and I am concerned about buying a quality MTB that will hold up as I lose this weight.

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    Post in the Clydesdale section for more opinions.

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    Did you test ride it?

    There was a story on fatcyclist.com (kind of an ironically named site, actually, it's a blog by a guy who's been super-fit for years) from someone who started somewhere around your weight.

    The two biggest problems are supposed to be that you may have trouble with wheels, and if the bike has a coil fork, you won't be able to get the right spring.

    Did you test ride it? Did you try some others?
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    No I haven't test ridden any, I need to do more research...sometimes I feel like these salesmen are blowing smoke up my tail. I'd like to read about others experiences and learn from first accounts.

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    My friend is about your size and has been riding a windsor off bikes direct for 3 seasons now and nothing has fallen off or broken and he rides it pretty hard, we do a lot of technical rooty trails with a lot of obstacles.

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    Re: Heavy Newbie needs advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete-Rocka View Post
    No I haven't test ridden any, I need to do more research...sometimes I feel like these salesmen are blowing smoke up my tail. I'd like to read about others experiences and learn from first accounts.
    They might be. Hop on a bunch of bikes and see if you start to develop some general impressions.

    What kind of riding do you want to do?
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