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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    Help with bike choice.

    I accidently posted this in the General forum. Meant to post here.

    First of all, can someone give me their opinion of whether or not to go to a 29" tire bike? My riding will consist of:
    Trail Riding - 70%
    Jumping - 10%
    Road - 20%

    I'm new to this so I don't know if getting a 29 is needed??

    BTW, trying to stay under 1K.

    Rockhopper Comp Disc $940

    A1 Premium Aluminum frame, disc only, double butted TT and ORE DT, externally relieved head tube, internally relieved BB shell, reinforced disc mount, forged 3D dropouts
    RockShox Tora 302 SL fork, 100mm, Mag lower, coil spring, alloy steerer, 32mm Cro-Mo stanchions, rebound adjust w/ lockout and preload adjust
    Specialized 3D forged alloy stem, four bolt, 31.8mm, 7 degree rise
    Avid SD3 forged alloy "V" brakes
    Shimano FC-M442-8 crankset, Octalink Spline, 9-speed
    Specialized Hi Lo disc hubs, 32h, CNC flange and disc mount, polished races, alloy QR
    Specialized Fast Trak tires, 26x2.0", 60TPI, aramid bead


    Full Specs Here

    This is the bike i was most interested in. They didn't have one in stock.

    Rockhopper Comp Disc 29 - $1050

    Full Specs Here

    They didn't have any in stock.

    The same place also sells Trek but I don't know much about Trek so wasn't sure what would compare.


    Anotehr store has Cannondale or Haro. I don't know much about either but the sales guy recommended Cannondale.

    The F4 and the 29'er 4

    Full specs on F4. $899


    Full Specs on 29'er 4. $999

    Neiteher were in stock in my size.


    There is one other place that sells Giant but were less than helpful at that store.

    I'm not necessarily stuck to these brands (Specialized, Cannondale, Trek) but that's just what is sold around here.

    Any advice on what would be the best overall deal?

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    Stick with the 26" wheels for your first bike. More versatile, and more parts available (though the 29" market is fairly large and still growing).

    Of all those bikes your looking at, just go with the one that fits you best. They're all comparable as far as components go, and as you've noticed, some shops are more helpful than others. The best shop will help you find the right size, and the right frame for your intended riding styles, and they will also help you adjust everything properly.

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    The most helpful shop was the cannondale shop. Plus, it's +right down the road from my house.

    As I said. the non-29" he suggested was the F4. It is under my budget so that's good. But something just tells me the 29" would be the way to go. Just a feeling though. They had neither in my size.

    The 29" one was larger but he said I could ride it and just adjust the seat to test it out (until they get my size in). I'm gonna have to ride on both to make up my mind .

    If I do ride a larger one then what can I expect to be different as far as one sized right? Will I just be stretched out farther to the bars or will there be a difference in foot position, etc.?

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    I have an 2008 Rockhopper Disc and really like it, but I'd go with a 29 next time....I'm a bit over 6' and 190 lbs. I like the Gary Fisher Cobia in 29er...

    http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/series/twoniners

    Specialized Rockhopper 29er looks nice, but I haven't ridden one....yet.

    http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=34097

    http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=34096
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natedogz
    I have an 2008 Rockhopper Disc and really like it, but I'd go with a 29 next time....I'm a bit over 6' and 190 lbs. I like the Gary Fisher Cobia in 29er...

    http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/series/twoniners

    Specialized Rockhopper 29er looks nice, but I haven't ridden one....yet.

    http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=34097

    http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=34096
    I completely forgot the Specialized shop carries GF. I did see 2 cobias but I thought I read somewhere they have had issues with the frames breaking??? I might be mistaken but I think I read it a few places.

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