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 choosing 1st bike

    Looking to by first mountain bike. New to the sport so doing as much research as possible. Father in law is an avid biker that is willing to sell his 2000 litespeed obed w/ xt components for $500. Lots of use but in good shape and is a good fit. LBS has a 2007 Specialized Rockhopper for the same price. The litespeed is a dual shock bike. I'm 6'4 and weight approx 220. Wondering if I should go with the new hardtail Rockhopper or take the top of the line 7 y/o used bike. Will ride a mixture of street and trail. Any input will be greatly appreciated.

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    hard choice

    the lightspeed with xt is a good bike, however if you weigh 220 you have to consider the suspension on the bike. Many shocks are not really made for a 200plus rider. What does the lightspeed have for shocks? Have they been checked for leaks and bushings?

    As far as new bikes go, they are all about the same in quaility at the same prices. Most bikes are easton aluminum, with either shimano or scram parts of equal quality. It will be a personal choice on which bike frame fits you the best. Try to get a decently tough front suspension because you are a little bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlepito
    the lightspeed with xt is a good bike, however if you weigh 220 you have to consider the suspension on the bike. Many shocks are not really made for a 200plus rider. What does the lightspeed have for shocks? Have they been checked for leaks and bushings?

    As far as new bikes go, they are all about the same in quaility at the same prices. Most bikes are easton aluminum, with either shimano or scram parts of equal quality. It will be a personal choice on which bike frame fits you the best. Try to get a decently tough front suspension because you are a little bigger.

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    Motobecanes Fantom Comp.

    I would like to recommend this bike. Good components and frame plus a good front fork for the price.

    Fork RockShox TORA
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
    Shifters Shimano Deore Rapid Fire
    Headset Ritchey
    Handlebar Ritchey
    Stem Ritchey Comp
    Seat Post Ritchey Comp
    Brakes Avid BB5 160mm rotors
    Brake Levers Avid Speed Dial

    Good luck in your buying decision.
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