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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    Iron Horse Warrior 3.0 for first bike?

    Found this on CL for $350, good deal? Any sub-par components or things that might need to be replaced since this is a 2007 model? I don't know anything about Iron Horse.



    Frame & Fork
    Frame Construction TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing Material Aluminum
    Fork Brand & Model Marzocchi MZ Comp, 100mm travel (owner says he replaced these with Rock Shox actually)
    Fork Material Aluminum/magnesium, single crown
    Rear Shock Not applicable

    Components
    Component Group Shimano Deore
    Brakeset Shimano Deore Mechanical w/ 6" Rotor brakes, Shimano Alivio levers
    Shift Levers Shimano Deore RapidFire
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Crankset FSA Dyna Drive, 22/34/44 teeth
    Pedals Alloy Platform
    Bottom Bracket FSA Powerdrive
    BB Shell Width 73mm English
    Rear Cogs 9-speed, 11 - 34 teeth
    Chain Shimano CN-HG73
    Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust
    Saddle WTB Pure V Sport
    Handlebar Alloy Riserbar
    Handlebar Extensions Not included
    Handlebar Stem Ritchey V2
    Headset 1 1/8" integrated Zero Stack

    Wheels
    Hubs Alloy disc
    Rims WTB SX-24 w/ Eyelets, 32-hole
    Tires 26 x 2.10" WTB Weirwolf

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    Components seem pretty decent. Hows the condition? $350 seems a little high for an entry level bike thats five years old.

    Fit should be your priority. You should ride it first.
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    Bought my son one. It can take a beating
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koppuh Klyde View Post
    Components seem pretty decent. Hows the condition? $350 seems a little high for an entry level bike thats five years old.

    Fit should be your priority. You should ride it first.
    Says he rode it less than a dozen times so i'm presuming pretty good, and I could probably bring down the price a little He says he paid $600 for it. And yeah i'll definitely test ride it, he says it's meant for 5'10"-6'0" and i'm 5'9" 165lbs (need about a 19" frame right?).

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    Decent bike and price. Yeah, 19" would be on the big side but I'd think somewhere 17, 18, 19"s, depending on the bike's geo, and yours.
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    Wouldn't shortening the seat-post have a similar effect to having a shorter frame? Because I always see mountain bikes with their seats a mile in the air...

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    Prob not a bad deal

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