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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    Started by Clifton J, 10-16-2014
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    Started by dougv, 10-17-2014
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    Started by HippiGlass, 10-14-2014
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  20. Dumb BB height question

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  24. Poor man's road bike???

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  25. Noob after some clarification

    Started by JohnnoM, 10-11-2014
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    Started by kaze, 09-29-2014
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  28. Do i need to relube my chain after cleaning my bike?

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  30. New guy here!

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  31. Why Mountain biking is > than road biking.

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  32. Flat Pedals- Shoe recommendation

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  34. ~$500 bike. My work gives me $500 benefit for a bike

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  35. rock shock reverb ?

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  39. 2015 Reign or Trance?

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  40. Bike build - Question 1 - Headset

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  50. Mark Twain Learns to Ride....

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  51. How does this compare to single-track?

    Started by corwin1968, 10-01-2014
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  52. Insanely annoying squeak

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  53. Pacer conversion

    Started by redtoad, 10-04-2014
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  55. FS bike on EBAY! Good deal or not?

    Started by hawks, 09-24-2014
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  56. Is 3X10 better for speed than 2X10?

    Started by NtrLvr, 09-30-2014
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  57. New question here. What is this?

    Started by etboost, 10-02-2014
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  58. New to forum! Couple questions!

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  59. Hello fellow forum members!

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  60. Bahstin noob heah

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  62. stem length: Please educate me?

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