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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    Kona Five-o vs Norco Bigfoot

    Hey guys! How are you all doing?

    I am wanting to buy my first mountain bike and have been looking at some local used ones.
    I have ridden BMX bikes for 10 years but these last two years I have hardly touched my bike so I want to get into something that interests me as BMXing no longer does. For the record I am currently 230lbs 5'8" but my weight has been dropping tons since I started dieting 3 months ago.

    I will be using the bike for some light downhill and a bit of XC. Next year I will be selling my car, moving to a new city and biking to college everyday. Because I will be using it to commute and I am a BMX rider I feel that hardtail is probably the way to go for me. More in my price range too.

    I am interested in two local used bikes right now and was hoping to get an opinion on the two.

    Canadian bikes at Canadian prices:
    2009 Kona Five-0 for $550 (hardly used, open to offers)
    2009 Norco Bigfoot for $450 (upgraded bars and pedals)

    Since I don't know much about mountain bikes I have mainly been comparing bikes based on their front forks. Both bikes have Marzocchi forks which I have read are good.
    The Kona has Marzocchi 55-RS 140mm travel
    The Norco has Marzocchi DJ 3, 120mm travel

    I'm leaning towards the Kona just because of the 140mm travel. I would assume higher travel is usually better??

    The other thing I have been comparing are the brakesets:
    Kona has Hayes Hydraulic Stroker Ryde V7
    Norco has Avid Juicy 3
    Both are very good from what I have read.

    What opinions do you guys have on the two bikes? Which one would be a better buy? I like the fact that the Kona has been hardly used and some of the specs seem better.

    Which one has better hubs, crankset, bottom bracket?

    Sorry for my newbness!
    Last edited by danpluso; 08-22-2012 at 04:09 PM.

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