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.
mtn. biking 101
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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  39. Trading my bike, need help.

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  41. Advice on what computer to get

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  42. Do I need high volume floor pump?

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  43. 1st set of SPD MTB shoes - any recommendations

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  45. New question here. Granny Gear is getting heavy

    Started by G'ref, 10-20-2014
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  46. Bike build - Question 6 - Tools

    Started by drabina, 10-27-2014
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  47. Lots of questions from a Newb

    Started by blaze182, 10-26-2014
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  48. Help with Headset Sizing

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  49. Help...new to disc brakes.

    Started by HTswede, 01-24-2014
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  50. torque question

    Started by Minimaltread, 10-25-2014
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  51. Clunky gear changes?

    Started by idividebyzero, 09-26-2014
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  52. 5mm QR Skewers VS. 9mm & 10mm?

    Started by mike444, 10-21-2014
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  53. Rebuild or Buy new

    Started by steve.1067, 10-19-2014
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  54. Help upgrading front fork.

    Started by biker&wheeler, 10-23-2014
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  55. would you buy a demo bike?

    Started by Nakkoush, 12-06-2012
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  56. Winter Clothing For Biking

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  57. Right time for a tune-up?

    Started by Montanadan, 10-20-2014
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