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.
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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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    Introduction and N00B questions

    Hi all,

    My name is Peter, im from the Goldcoast, Australia and just getting into MTBR (fortunate enough to live near some wild tracks).

    So i'm sort of stumped at the moment as to what bike to go for, i used to do a fair amount of BMX/ Dirtjumping and am currently weighing up what sort of bike is going to be a decent all rounder for downhill, XC and a bit of jumping as well. I'd love to able to buy a bike for each type of riding lol but i think that will have to wait.

    Currently looking at a Specialised stuntjumper comp 29'er (hardtail) and after reading the endless FSR vs Hardtail topics i find myself even more confused lol, what are peoples personal experiences (with this bike if possible) and is it going to be a half decent all rounder?? Or should i go with a Specialized FSR??

    Any help would be great

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    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    Thanks

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    Drop the Spec Stumpy. 71.5 degree steeeep head tube angle is last gen and twitchy on fast downhill. You should post in the All Mtn section for a bike in the same price range.

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