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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    How to learn more about a specific bike.

    There's a bike listed for sale that we're interested in. It's a Raleigh MT200 but is not listed on the Raleigh website so it's difficult to learn more about it. Does anyone have any advice? How does one know if the suggested price is reasonable?

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    Beat me to it.

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    check out BikePedia too
    -Brandon

    2000 Gary Fisher Aquila - RaceFace Ride Cranks, Duro Miners, SRAM chain, Avid FR5 levers, Avid SD5 brakes.

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    Thanks for the links! The listing says the bike is "new" but I can't find any evidence that that particular model was made after the mid-90s... so either the seller is dishonest or clueless. :-(

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    It could be that it is"new" as never been ridden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    It could be that it is"new" as never been ridden.
    That's true! I find it hard to believe, as it seems to be a guy who is selling many bikes on Craigslist and I doubt he bought all of them new decades ago and has been saving them all this time. So it seems more likely to me that he is trying to say the bike looks reasonably new. Still, my assumption is that things like the tires etc can't be in fantastic condition after so many years.

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    Tag sales are a better place to find those bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTRut View Post
    check out BikePedia too
    +1 for Bikepedia. Greatest cycling resource available in my opinion.

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