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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Forum: Beginner's Corner

  1. First Bike...Trek X Caliber?

    Started by Speedracer 64, 03-10-2014
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  2. Do you Ride Injured?

    Started by Burt4x4, 4 Weeks Ago
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  3. Cool-blue Rhythm Your Thoughts on this Bike Please?

    Started by jcd46, 3 Weeks Ago
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  4. climbing hurts lower back

    Started by coling, 03-12-2014
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  5. why is my suspension too soft?

    Started by coling, 3 Weeks Ago
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  6. Upgrade locks, need help

    Started by legol@s, 4 Weeks Ago
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  7. Upgrade or New Bike

    Started by ColaRider, 4 Weeks Ago
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  8. What does mtb mean???

    Started by adamt600, 4 Weeks Ago
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  9. New Bike

    Started by DannyC05, 4 Weeks Ago
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  10. Chain Problems

    Started by AussieMTB1, 4 Weeks Ago
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  11. Where to buy a new derailleur hanger?

    Started by Eyeshield25, 10-21-2012
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  12. Upgrading Rock Shox XC 32 TK Coil?

    Started by pcmxa, 01-03-2014
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  13. Upgrades

    Started by Tay, 03-12-2014
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  14. First experience with chain slap!

    Started by mercyNside, 4 Weeks Ago
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  15. New question here. Factory 1x10

    Started by Ecurb_ATX840, 4 Weeks Ago
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  16. New Guy Checking In.

    Started by USNAircrew, 4 Weeks Ago
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  17. New question here. Help me choose...

    Started by BadAssE, 4 Weeks Ago
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  18. New MTB some advice please

    Started by lemonadebaby, 4 Weeks Ago
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  19. Which route if wanting to go 1x9?

    Started by JustinDuke, 4 Weeks Ago
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  20. New rider

    Started by xFLYNNx, 4 Weeks Ago
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  21. New question here. Good hardtail MTB

    Started by BadAssE, 4 Weeks Ago
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  22. On the market for a new bike!

    Started by corny-ratbag, 02-25-2014
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  23. New question here. need help with upgrades.

    Started by carbonfever, 4 Weeks Ago
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  24. the Just Ride group

    Started by the other Anne, 4 Weeks Ago
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  25. Fuji and Kona bikes any good?

    Started by vps14, 4 Weeks Ago
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  26. Looking for a new bike

    Started by Chaingun81, 4 Weeks Ago
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  27. Is this bike worth buying?

    Started by ZachF510, 4 Weeks Ago
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  28. bottom bracket tool question.

    Started by Dirt_Shirt, 4 Weeks Ago
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  29. Nashbar AT29

    Started by dezzrat1, 02-28-2014
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  30. New here

    Started by ERN911, 03-12-2014
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  31. Drivetrain/Shifting Issues

    Started by tgriff, 03-12-2014
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  32. I have learnt so much

    Started by lotusdriver, 4 Weeks Ago
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  33. Seat post Question

    Started by GelatiCruiser, 4 Weeks Ago
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  34. Buying a cannondale

    Started by gibsonj45, 4 Weeks Ago
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  35. Loving my new bike but clipped in not so much

    Started by gus6464, 03-06-2014
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  36. Query on MTB seatpost maintenance

    Started by sanjayc, 03-12-2014
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  37. Is this dent dangerous?

    Started by ZachF510, 4 Weeks Ago
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  38. Issues Buying Older Bike?

    Started by DETarch, 02-18-2014
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  39. Help fixing lumpy and discs scraping?

    Started by coling, 4 Weeks Ago
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  40. Saddle Height (knee problems)

    Started by dawsonscreek, 4 Weeks Ago
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  41. Need a good frame - getting frustrated by the search

    Started by TJM, 03-11-2014
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  42. Few generic noobie questions

    Started by echos, 03-11-2014
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  43. Advice on buying a bike

    Started by evasive, 4 Weeks Ago
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  44. Tips to help a newbie out plz

    Started by RConcheiro, 03-12-2014
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  45. New question here. Secondary Brands

    Started by ncjro29, 02-26-2014
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  46. First timer looking at hardtail 29ers

    Started by DaCr, 03-11-2014
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  47. First ride in the books!

    Started by DoUEvenShredBro, 03-08-2014
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  48. Fork help

    Started by Borges21, 03-10-2014
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  49. Hydro brake noise

    Started by jones1018, 03-11-2014
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  50. Need help!!!!!! Lol.

    Started by rayrod354, 03-09-2014
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  51. first 29er setup: salsa fargo

    Started by ironsteve, 03-05-2014
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  52. Down to two hardtails

    Started by vinisousa, 03-09-2014
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  53. Upgrade 29er XC wheels on a budget?

    Started by coling, 03-07-2014
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  54. Newbie first bike questions

    Started by itsbs2, 03-09-2014
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  55. Beginner pedal alternatives

    Started by Asimo5000, 02-24-2014
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  56. Raleigh Talus 3.0

    Started by Shark11b, 03-05-2014
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  57. Hard Rock Sport VS Talon 4

    Started by AndrewS85, 03-05-2014
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  58. Second Bike Advice

    Started by Thyamine, 03-05-2014
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  59. New Components Help

    Started by solly98, 03-06-2014
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  60. First Mtn Bike. Down to two..

    Started by Fightnfire, 03-05-2014
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  61. Brand new!

    Started by MikeDUBS, 03-04-2014
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  62. Which hardtail?

    Started by vinisousa, 03-05-2014
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  63. Hello from the Bay Area

    Started by Rumblefish10, 03-04-2014
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  64. Newb from D.C.

    Started by GEBotterbrodt, 03-06-2014
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  65. 29 or 26 for newbie racing?

    Started by tcoke8, 03-04-2014
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