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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    Aug 2006

    height:bike ratio

    is there a site or thread somewhere that tells ou the right size (small, med. / 17", 19" etc.) bike per the riders height??? I'm 6'0" and my girlfriend is 5'6" what would be a recomended starting point for figuring out what is the right size for us??? sorry for the totally noob question. but i'm almost not sure where to even start I know about what size (toptube ") for bmx bikes but mountains seem to be an entirely different animal to me right now.

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    the Top Tube is the key still. If you can nail that, then the frame size falls into place.

    Check out Sheldonbrown.com (bike fit area) and also Colorado Cyclist bike fit area, both are very good.

    In a nutshell, seated, you should feel comfortable; not too upright, not too far forward. Take your time, nail the fit, it's the key.


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    Aug 2004
    There are also manufacturers that offer a general guideline to sizing bikes.

    Like for example companies like Yeti or K2 or Transition will say that if you fall into a certain height range, then a particular size would fit you.

    Obviously a test ride will either confirm that it feels good for you or if it doesn't feel good for you.

    Just go to the various websites and see if they have a sizing link for a particular model or range of bikes that you are interested in.

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