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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  1. Roadie Transitioning to dirt

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  2. "better-than-entry-level" MTB for wife

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  4. New Ride-pedals?

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  5. New question here. not sure which to get?

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  6. brooks saddle - query

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  7. Noob to this Forum

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  8. I think I got a good deal?

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  9. Surly Ogre Build

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  10. Underestimated how hard downhill was?

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  11. Very Short Inseam

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  12. I'm not anti 29er but...

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  13. need help ! trying to get a bike

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  14. New to mtbr, first post

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  15. multi-tool suggestion

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  16. Bonking ... not feelin' well Tubeless losing air

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  17. Noob Guide to Geometry, Bike Fit and Handling

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  18. Need some input

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  19. chainring size

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  20. New question here. 1st MB! Advice for under $500?

    Started by rassulophoto, 01-28-2015
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  21. Advice for my fellow noobs after my first year.....

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  22. Question - FR or DH bike

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  23. hello all

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  24. Hadley Vs Chris King

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  25. Brake question

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  26. Bought my first bike last night

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  27. What's up

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  28. Offseason maintenance FS bike

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  29. FNG looking for advice

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  30. What part is this?

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  31. Trek X Caliber series

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  32. New Rider

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  33. New question here. Bicycle Center of Gravity - Does it matter?

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  34. Entry Level Drive Train - Problems/Solutions

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  35. bike size

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  36. Frame swap

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  37. Bike show

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  38. New forks or crankset?

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  39. New question here. New Bike Recommendation

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  40. New saddle suggestions

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  41. Buyers Remorse.....

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  42. Getting a new bike

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  43. New around here

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  44. This is why you have two bikes...

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  45. Handlebar height question

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  46. Best Platform Pedals Under $50?

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  47. mtb shorts?

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  48. Tire Question Please

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  49. Newish rider, old bike

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  50. Advice needed - Salsa HT of FS

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  51. 1st quality bike purchase help

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  52. "new" guy here. KCMO

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  53. Platform Pedals

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  54. What diameter wheels for 5'3", 110# female?

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  55. Torque wrench - how necessary?

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  56. New fork install.

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  57. A proud day

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  58. Pedal suggestion for new bike

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  59. Bought new bike, now what?

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  60. Stem length.

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  61. Suntour Fork Manuals?

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  62. Xc to trail

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  63. Hello Everyone!

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  64. Don't know where to start

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  65. First real climb today

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  66. Thank you for the information

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