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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    Idea! I have a project at hand. $600 suggestions.

    I have a project at hand. 0 suggestions.-dscf3174.jpgI have a project at hand. 0 suggestions.-dscf3173.jpgI have a project at hand. 0 suggestions.-dscf3171.jpgrebuilding my bike it has been ridin hard front dearailer busted off rear dearailer shift cable busted i want to try to get disk breaks ect.ect need suggestions for new parts no more than $530 need need tires to.

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    Use the money to buy a new/better bike, its not really worth putting anything into that bike. If you have $500 to spend you can do better.
    I used to ride to Win ... Now I ride to Grin

    While my guitar gently weeps, my bike sits there mocking me

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    you make sense but i love the frame its why i want to rebuild it plus a few of my parts are not stock as it is and are still in pretty good condition.

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    That bike looks pretty worn ,time to go bike shopping. You can't put discs on that fork or frame ,to replace the fork with something decent would be in the couple of hundred range.

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    Suggestion for a bike then?

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    I could tell you what I like, doesn't mean you would like it. What do you dis/like about that bike ? You didn't need to start another tread to ask the same question.

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    i really dont like that time to time the pedal will hit the ground a throw me off balance and that im consistently getting shift slipping no matter what i do i cant stop it.

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    honestly, any bike from a LBS (or online store) will be better. that looks like a 6-speed wally world bike with welded fork uppers and a cheap gripshift (major cause for ghost shifting). Probably weighs about 35-40 lbs. I can say this because this is the type of bike I got started on. After some trial and error, i am now on a 29er hardtail. The full suspension is nice, but handling and efficiency are much better on a hardtail (especially in this price range).

    If you're pedals are hitting the ground, probably a combination of leaning the bike over too much (BMX habbit?) and your rear shock's coil is too loose. tighten it up a couple rotations and it won't ride so low.

    For bike recommendations, look at any of the main bike brands websites and look at their XC bikes. It'll give you an idea of cost and parts. For real recommendations, tell us what sort of trails you ride, if you take jumps (how wide/high), and your height/weight.

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