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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    I hate to do it, but should I buy this bike? *Update*

    Sorry to clog up the forums with another of these threads.

    LBS has a pre-owned , not leftover, 2013 Giant Talon 29er. Rock Shox (not sure of exact model) w/remote lockout, X7 drivetrain. It's probably the stock stuff that comes on the bike?

    I didn't have time to test ride it today but assuming it fits, is it a good deal at $850?

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    $850 might be a little steep for pre-owned (aka USED) but it looks like a good machine. Compare to other bikes in the price range.
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    $850 isn't a horrible deal for a 1 year old, pre-owned bike that retailed for $400 more, but most LBS have a little wiggle room when it comes to their used/old inventory. BBB values the bike in like new condition for $657.00 but this is from a retail shop. If they offer some kind of free maintenance then $750-800 would be a warranted price range. Even more so if you count as the original owner to receive the warranty which is something the LBS could probably work out for you.

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    You do have to do the math...

    If the shop normally sells last year's models for 20-25% off, (not sure how much shops discount), the price is $844 with 25% off the $1,125 retail.

    You have to figure that it is last year's model and used. You will want to know the original specs of the bike before you walk in to make sure nothing was swapped out in their favor.

    It may still be a decent deal, but I would offer less or get some stuff thrown in.

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    That would be a good price for a year old clearance, but not for a used bike. Its not a bad price, just not a good price.
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    Asking isn't selling price. Ride it on the grass, etc. and just take 650 cash with you. That is your price to get the deal done. Be prepared to walk, at least around the shop and let them think the deal may be lost. XC30 is an ok fork. The Raidon air fork on the 600 Marin Bobcat is a two levels better. It compares to a Recon Gold.

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    TLDR: I offered $750, they countered with $800 and I went for it.

    I'm still a n00b to this stuff so although I had no problems buying a used bike from a shop as my first "real" mtb, I wasn't going to buy one privately. I know that meant spending a little more than I should but at least I know it was gone over by people who know what they're doing. This bike seems to fit the bill for what I was looking for, which was an entry level, "real" bike that should last me several years and not need upgrading right away.

    I looked it over didn't see a mark on it. I really feel that if it was used it wasn't much. I rode it around and even though a parking lot and the grass nearby isn't a trail I got that "oh yeah, I like this" feeling. I visited several shops and rode several bikes over the past few weeks but didn't get that feeling from any of them. I wasn't even sure what it was supposed to feel like, but I felt right at home on this thing.

    At any rate, overpaid or not, I am happy with what I have and it's going to be a huge improvement over the Wal Mart bike I'm upgrading from.

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    Pics or it didn't happen.

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    Pics, and hopefully GoPro video, coming soon

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    Congrats on the bike.

    Good job!

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    Nice bike and even nicer with a better fork, you'll enjoy it.

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    I hate to do it, but should I buy this bike? *Update*-img_20140610_165254631_zpshi6az50j.jpg

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    Read all about it and share your stories here.

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    Nice Job man! she's hot!
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    Nice bike. Congrats on the pick up. Now go ride it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakester View Post
    Nice bike. Congrats on the pick up. Now go ride it!
    a pick up...? I thought it was a bike...
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    Big fan of all things Giant. Go get it dirty!
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