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! First HT MTB on a budget of up to 500

    OK, so I've checked in and provided some background in the 'Noobs Check In'

    Now for the Qs and to seek some much needed advice!

    Looking for my 1st HT MTB for 500 or less - some say that'll be hard, some say it's a decent enough budget - I say I've been looking for 12-14 months now and I'm fed up of borrowing and hiring!

    So, last year it was the Merida Matts Pro-D 2011 that I missed out on and this year it was the Giant Revel Ltd 0 2013, both I'm told were decent for 499! At 5'6" with a 29" inseam I need a Small (they go so quick!). Having said that, something just does not seem right about a 15" frame.... I would have thought 16.5" to 17.5" seems about right?

    In my budget, seems I'm reliant on the sales or suppliers that will discount heavily on 2014 models.

    My options at the moment are:

    Giant Talon 27.5 '3' 2014 - 500 (rrp 625)
    Talon 27.5 3 (2014) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | International

    Corratec X-Vert Motion 2013 - 449
    Corratec X-Vert Motion 2013 | Chain Reaction Cycles

    To be honest, I'm not completely hooked on either, but after a long search I just want to find something that's decent enough!

    Help!

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