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 new bike

    1) Budget <$1000 Cdn. (not including accessories such as helmet, gloves and other accessories).
    2) Local shop recommended Jamis Durango 15" for $850 Cdn.
    3) Riding will be trails in the hills. Will be used for Adventure Races.
    4) Preference would be for a hardtail.
    5) Age 35, weight 170lbs, height 5'8".
    6) Prefer to buy locally (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) for after sales services.
    7) Do you want people to offer you alternative suggestions to issues such as budget, bikes already considered, and sources? Yes please.

    Thanks for any assistance!

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    For that sort of money almost anything from any of the 'big hitters' would be a good choice e.g. Specialized Rockhopper (uber classic) or a Trek 6000. What lack in 'originality' they make up for in proven quality. The Rockhopper, for example, has been a benchmark since I started biking 20 years ago!
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    What about these bikes? (the Rockhopper doesn't seem to be sold locally)

    Gary Fisher Piranha
    Trek 6500
    Jamis Durango
    Rocky Mountain Trailhead

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyshot44
    What about these bikes? (the Rockhopper doesn't seem to be sold locally)

    Gary Fisher Piranha
    Trek 6500
    Jamis Durango
    Rocky Mountain Trailhead
    If your tall you might like the GF, they run long. I like the Trek, but you have to ride it.

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    I just got the Jamis a few months ago and love it!
    >>>>>>>>JAMIS<<<<<<<<

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