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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    Looking for Advice on 1st Real Bike.

    Looking at getting back into biking, don't want another cheapster from the mart lol

    I have no idea what's what anymore and was wondering if anyone could rank the following bikes in terms of components or which is just the best over-all.

    Or even better if anyone could find a better one, all of the ones I've listed are $700-1k I believe. I'm not going to be doing any extreme trail riding, will be on roads and paved/gravel/dirt trails. I just want something, not top of the line or bottom, but something that will last and not be prone to breaking down gear wise.

    http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...CATID=2&Y=2011
    http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...CATID=2&Y=2011
    http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...ATID=49&Y=2011
    http://www.devinci.com/bikes/browse_8#8_27_118

    I just chose these ones because they're canadian and would probably be easier to get, but if you know of anything better gear wise in the same range let me know.

    I'm leaning towards the 29 soul or trailhead most likely, but would like some advice from actual riders to make me feel better lol.

    Thanks, if I missed anything let me know, I'm 6'1, 250ish.
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    I would definitely say (out of that list) the Trailhead has the best specifications by far. Rocky Mountain is not only Canadian, and based in your province but makes some good solid stuff. That would definitely be my first choice. Not only that but it looks like "Oak Bay Bikes" (click 'Ok' in the link and then scroll down) in Victoria has a demo centre, so you can actually go try those bikes out and see what you like best. Like many will say fit is the most important. So ride the ones you like and see what feels the best. Take advantage of the close proximity of some great companies in the industry, you ought to have great local support for Rocky Mountain there!
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    I've got a Devinci from 2002...I was looking at the Cameleon when I found mine used. Great bikes, the Cameleon was at the top of my list and being Canadian is a bonus!!

    As tpm7 said though, Rocky Mountain is great as well. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them, just test ride as many as you can to get a feel for size etc...

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    Rocky Mountain makes some great bikes so you can hardly go wrong if they are in your price range and readily available where you are. I'm going to offer my standard advice: go to a bike shop and test ride as many bikes in your price range as you can. Different manufacturers bikes fit differently even in the same size, and often times even within a manufacturer's different models the bikes may fit differently. You need to pick a bike that fits and feels the best, that should be your criteria above all other considerations. When I bought my first bike I actually bought the least expensive bike in my price range because it fit and rode the best and I couldn't have been happier with my decision.
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    What about this, saw on jenson for $899 (30% off)
    http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...ATID=49&Y=2011
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...9+Bike+11.aspx
    Better equipment then the trailhead or soul 29 I assume. I asked the shop and they said they they could get a trailhead but prefer 29's for around here, 29 was my close 2nd choice anyway, so hopefully i can wrangle a deal on a vertex 29 from them

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwn66 View Post
    What about this, saw on jenson for $899 (30% off)
    http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...ATID=49&Y=2011
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...9+Bike+11.aspx
    Better equipment then the trailhead or soul 29 I assume. I asked the shop and they said they they could get a trailhead but prefer 29's for around here, 29 was my close 2nd choice anyway, so hopefully i can wrangle a deal on a vertex 29 from them
    That sounds like a good deal, I just built up a Vertex 26'er myself. It's a beautiful frame and for $899 that's a great price for the bike (Paid ~$250 for the vertex frame itself). I can't comment on the ride yet as I'm in the middle of finals at the moment and forcing myself to studying not ride it. But it's a great bike. That's a good deal on Jenson but the frames are pretty big. I'd see if you can get a deal from your LBS like you said. You might pay a bit more but you'll have local support of a shop.

    I can't comment on the whole 29er thing as I've never ridden one. All I know is 26 works great for me. The only time I've ridden 29 was when I took my SS road bike onto some light double track... not advisable.
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    Well, so much for jenson, can't ship it, guess im stuck paying jacked up prices. They want $1600 instore for the vertex 29, trailhead is $1250 that's a 700 and 400 mark-up for a bike made in my backyard, meanwhile someone in New York can get them cheap, lol... Whatever.
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