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. pushed my luck too far

    Started by joel787, 05-24-2014
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  2. Kona Wo brake change

    Started by mserf3, 06-09-2014
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  3. Should I buy this?

    Started by tqbf, 06-08-2014
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  4. What I learned

    Started by Bruce in SoCal, 06-08-2014
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  5. Best rims for the money

    Started by hc720, 06-08-2014
    • Replies: 15
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  6. Finally....

    Started by rayrod354, 04-25-2014
    • Replies: 13
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  7. Broken crank?

    Started by Geoff Smith, 06-08-2014
    • Replies: 3
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  8. Looking to get a new bike

    Started by lostinneverwhere, 06-08-2014
    • Replies: 4
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  9. Bike build questions

    Started by NHN8, 06-08-2014
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  10. spoke nipples

    Started by velo99, 06-08-2014
    • Replies: 4
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  11. Topgun vs. Zoom fork

    Started by bluesoleli, 06-06-2014
    • Replies: 3
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  12. Constant pedal switching

    Started by jojemoruga, 06-07-2014
    • Replies: 14
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  13. Got my new bike

    Started by Hardeho, 06-06-2014
    • Replies: 16
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  14. Beginner Bike for Gunnison, CO?

    Started by jngsnk, 06-06-2014
    • Replies: 6
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  15. Hard Rock vs Rock Hopper

    Started by dondford, 06-07-2014
    • Replies: 6
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  16. Need help with fork install on new bike assembly

    Started by Pol4k, 05-17-2014
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    • Replies: 39
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  17. Clipless Practice?

    Started by Billinsd, 05-31-2012
    • Replies: 5
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  18. Why go with wire bead tires?

    Started by jbl_91762, 06-05-2014
    • Replies: 15
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  19. Newbie needs advice

    Started by dondford, 06-06-2014
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  20. 2013 Trek 4300 made in where?

    Started by Maroof, 06-05-2014
    • Replies: 6
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  21. Road Bike Freestyle

    Started by Limar Helmets, 06-06-2014
    • Replies: 1
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  22. Gear cable guide

    Started by arthurdent, 06-05-2014
    • Replies: 3
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  23. Building a full suspension mountain bike.

    Started by patmckman, 06-04-2014
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  24. First time building bike

    Started by bnice00, 06-04-2014
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  25. Help choosing Pedals?

    Started by Trail_Blazer, 06-03-2014
    • Replies: 14
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  26. New GT Timberline

    Started by tazer, 06-03-2014
    • Replies: 6
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  27. Heavy Newbie needs advice

    Started by Pete-Rocka, 06-05-2014
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  28. Advice for a Build

    Started by surfwanton, 06-03-2014
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  29. Was my trek 3500 worth it?

    Started by sebastien1122, 06-04-2014
    • Replies: 9
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    • Replies: 4
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  30. shopping for first bike

    Started by DMR921, 06-03-2014
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  31. Stand over height

    Started by johnC, 06-02-2014
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  32. Bike Purchase

    Started by glamis450r, 06-01-2014
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  33. 1st clipless ride

    Started by jones1018, 05-31-2014
    • Replies: 6
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  34. Cool-blue Rhythm Rest...Rest....Rest.

    Started by sroc3, 06-02-2014
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  35. Beginner in the need of help

    Started by MaddArab, 05-29-2014
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  36. Hub axel in mm?? what is this?

    Started by alaskadude, 06-02-2014
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  37. What bike?

    Started by tristanbikes, 06-01-2014
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  38. Tips on riding thru sand?

    Started by Truck_Norris, 05-28-2014
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  39. UST Rims?

    Started by Tay, 06-02-2014
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  40. Avid Elixir R Brakes failure problem

    Started by mamram, 06-02-2014
    • Replies: 3
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  41. How Does This Deal Sound?

    Started by Shakenbake158, 06-01-2014
    • Replies: 5
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  42. noob, saying hey

    Started by Cavedad, 06-02-2014
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  43. Under seat packing

    Started by Karrack, 05-27-2014
    • Replies: 13
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  44. Try and beat this stupidity

    Started by hankscorpio, 07-30-2012
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  45. 2008 giant xtc 1

    Started by ToonArmy8, 05-31-2014
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  46. The beginner's dilemma.

    Started by DivineDark, 05-29-2014
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  47. Good job! clip less first ride

    Started by joel787, 06-01-2014
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  48. Help Identifying this bike?!

    Started by Binnie, 05-31-2014
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  49. New Rear Shock

    Started by tqbf, 05-31-2014
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  50. Body Pain - Adjustments Needed?

    Started by chachbear, 05-30-2014
    • Replies: 13
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  51. New question here. Help choosing suspension type?

    Started by Redlincoln, 05-30-2014
    • Replies: 7
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  52. Replacing pedals - threading

    Started by bjames, 05-31-2014
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  53. Tire replacement

    Started by tqbf, 05-31-2014
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  54. Variety of problems after new bike

    Started by GTgiant, 05-31-2014
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  55. Getting back into mtb

    Started by coohwhip, 05-30-2014
    • Replies: 1
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  56. Got my first bike... Now what?

    Started by carajean, 05-20-2014
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    • Replies: 51
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  57. Which bike ?

    Started by velo99, 05-30-2014
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  58. Bike constantly drops chain

    Started by linvillegorge, 05-29-2014
    • Replies: 13
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  59. Tubeless tires

    Started by 54pillager, 05-30-2014
    • Replies: 1
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  60. Help with cleaning/noise issue

    Started by Penguin665, 05-29-2014
    • Replies: 4
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  61. Fork and Disc Brakes Thoughts???

    Started by H20Trail09, 05-21-2014
    • Replies: 18
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  62. UST - is this true?

    Started by Tay, 05-30-2014
    • Replies: 1
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  63. Seat issues

    Started by tacorobot, 05-28-2014
    • Replies: 11
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  64. We the people ... Marin Bobcat 29er

    Started by jokaankit, 05-09-2014
    • Replies: 13
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  65. Trek Warranty??

    Started by Bonney, 05-29-2014
    • Replies: 10
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  66. Just saying Hi!

    Started by kforseth, 05-29-2014
    • Replies: 6
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  67. do u guys ride in the rain/ mud?

    Started by joel787, 05-26-2014
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