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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  1. #1
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    HELP!!! So many decisions...oh so confusing

    Hey Folks -

    I could use some help here - I know I know not this crap again right...but I just need to get a few more opinions than the 3 I'm getting that keep my head spinning

    So I'm getting back into MTBing and I have decisions that need to be made...most importantly...NEW or USED? - I have my mind set on a NEW Kona Caldera...the $949 MSRP is about my price limit - The idea of getting a new bike over a used one seems to make a lot of sense to me...if something goes wrong a warranty may be there to take care of an issue - Going to buy a used I may get the someone who lies to me about a shotty bottom bracket or soon to be dead brake system or lame fork and it ends up costing another few hundred bucks on top of what I paid then that leads to the nickel and dimeing and in the end I could have bought a whole new bike anyways - My brother and friends are telling me the Caldera is a good bike and yet I get emails from them of these other used bikes that are a "great deal" - I'm trying to be patient and do it right but man I want to get riding

    Here are a few bikes in the area that have been brought to my attention...


    Salsa ala Carte - http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/734478565.html - I think an '07 with a RS Duke fork...says fits up to 6' but seems big for me at 5'11"?

    Yeti Kokopelli - http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/732348796.html - Again I'm 5'11" would this bike be too small?

    Kona Caldera(New) - http://www.konaworld.com/08_caldera_w.htm


    Any suggestions would be great!

    Thanks folks!

    Nick
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    The Yeti looks like a pretty good deal....but it may run a little small for you.
    It's really hard to tell without you seeing it first....but at the same time you might
    beable to resale it for a lot more if you did buy it.

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    Wait a sec, what's that address I may buy it?

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