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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    K2 Attack Question

    I am looking to get back into riding after a long (15 year) break. I will be starting out on roads and once I'm back in shape will be riding primarily on trails. I saw a K2 Attack at LL Bean today for $499. I do not pretend to know anything about the new bikes and suspension systems. It appeared to have a sturdy frame and decent components. Right now I weigh 240 with hopes of getting down into the 210 range when I'm back in shape. Is the K2 Attack a good bike for me to get back into riding and will the full suspension bikes handle my weight? I have read the posts about hard tails, is that a better route for me to take? Thanks for your help.

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    For $500 you can go to your LBS (not L.L.Bean) and get a very nice hardtail from Trek, Gary Fisher, Specialized, or Giant. The hardtails will have slightly better components, and much better frames. If you're serious about wanting a full-suspension bike, you're going to have to save up some four-digit figures. Spending less than a grand on FS is not a *wise* idea. You'll get much more life out of a $500 hardtail, whereas that K2, fancy as it looks, will probably blow apart in a year or two. Still, it's not the worst consumer full-susser I've ever seen, but for your weight, and fitness goals, this bike is only going to slow you down and be a pain.

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    Actually K2 is certainly a step up from typical mass-produced consumer junk. They are dealt through LL Bean, REI, and even Randall Scott (for comparison's sake they appear to be priced and spec'ed along the lines of Iron Horse).

    Assuming you are considering the K2 Attack 1.0?
    The 2.0 sells at Randall Scott for $629:

    http://www.rscycle.com/s.nl/it.A/id....LAID=145431205

    And the 1.0 (brand new 2006 models) for $389:

    http://www.rscycle.com/s.nl/it.A/id....ELAID=63652584
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