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 flynbryan19, 03-05-2012
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    Started by madbadger, 08-28-2014
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    Started by Montanadan, 09-26-2014
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  11. Pedals

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  12. Noob With A Broken Bike

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    Started by Brad.Sandman94, 09-23-2014
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  14. Newbie back into it

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  16. Scalpel for a beginner?

    Started by Figman5000, 09-19-2014
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  17. I concede

    Started by Montanadan, 09-21-2014
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  18. need advise...

    Started by pdxdownhill, 09-22-2014
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  19. Idea! What should i do?

    Started by masterkike, 09-23-2014
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  20. Trail Etiquette: What to do?

    Started by Rogue426, 09-20-2014
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  21. Hello! Seeking help!

    Started by Stumperjumper Comp, 09-22-2014
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    Started by Kulharin, 09-13-2014
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  23. What kind of bike do I need?

    Started by NtrLvr, 09-07-2014
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  24. First race - Lost motivation

    Started by ThaiMTB, 09-20-2014
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  25. A little advice on parts needed

    Started by cc2287, 09-15-2014
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    Started by OleScottyC, 09-19-2014
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  27. Buying my first MTB. Help needed

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  30. My first OTB!

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  31. Do Suntour Coil Forks Squeak?

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  37. Recomendations on 29ers under $500

    Started by Yankees24, 09-10-2014
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  38. Forte campus pedals

    Started by sepulvd, 09-14-2014
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  41. New question here. Need help buying new mountain bike

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    Started by Ronald Brown, 08-24-2014
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  48. Felt 7 Series and Q24/Q24D

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  49. What is a 'compact chainring'?

    Started by alaskadude, 09-13-2014
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  50. Chain or boutique for servicing?

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  51. Chris King Bottom Bracket

    Started by nadama, 09-11-2014
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  52. 3x7 to 1x conversion?

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  53. New question here. Crank arm leinght...

    Started by etboost, 09-11-2014
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  54. Advice on a Raleigh M60

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  55. New question here. New Here, need help

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  59. New question here. Need some MANITOU Match info

    Started by etboost, 09-08-2014
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