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 a noob with used bike evaluation

    I am hoping no to get some feedback on selecting my first fs bike. Last year I moved from the city tom an area with lots of mountain biking trails. Lots of single track with foothills. Also very close to true mountain single track. Last summer I bought a used trek 6000 hard tail which has served me well. Have become hooked on riding. Now looking to upgrade To a fs bike. Have noticed a few used bikes on craigslist. Wondering if I could get some opinions.


    Used specialized comp 2006. $700
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    Any thoughts on this bike would me be greatly appreciated.

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    The first thing ,is it your size?That bike looks good in the pics.What components does it had?The problem with older bikes is that some things aren't availble ,shock bushing/bearing most likely.Check bike blue blue and ebay for prices.

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    Thanks for the reply. The bike is my size. According to blue book bike may be priced slightly high. I have also been looking at a Gary fisher +2 sugar. 2003 but has very low miles on it. Specs are as follows.
    $500 (which is less then blue book amount)
    frame: Aluminum. Medium. Adjustable 2.8" or 4.1" travel
    Wheels: 26" bontrager race disk tubeless
    rear shock: fox float R
    fork: fox talas 85-125mm
    brakes: Avid BB7
    shifters: Shimano xt
    front derailleur: shimano xt
    rear Derailleur: shimant xtr
    crankset: bontrager race 22/32/44

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