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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  1. #1
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    Looking for a new bike... What are your opinions on the Motobecane 450ht?

    Hi there! I'm fairly new to mountain biking, but a friend and I have really started getting into it during the past couple months. Currently, my only bike is a 13-year-old Gary Fisher Tarpon. I've had it since I was a kid and have always taken good care of it. It still works fine, but it has a 13" frame, and I'm 5'7", so I think it's time to upgrade to a bike that fits me. I'm a college student, so money is a little tight, but I'm hoping to find an affordable bike that will perform well and last a long time.
    What do you think of the Motobecane 450ht? (link: Save up to 60% off Mountain Bikes - MTB - Motobecane 450HT) It seems like a quality bike for the price, but because I'm a noob I would really appreciate some other opinions.

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    Well, it looks alright for the money, $320 is not much at all in mountain bike pricing.

    The saddle looks a bit "unisex" and the tyres are not very aggressive looking. But it has a SRAM drivetrain and at least you've heard of SR Suntour who make the front fork. The fork will most likely be just a spring, but it will be better than nothing.

    I would say if you want a new bike for that money, and you do not expect it to cope with hardcore off-road, it should be alright.

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    College is a great place to look for a bike. College communities often support a bike shop right on campus and another one nearby, dealing in used bikes.

    You probably need to move up two sizes. But maybe only one. I think test riding is in order, which is something you don't have to give up, within your budget, by going to a used bike shop.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    That is, if you are happy to buy a used bike.

    If that is the case then a whole new range of options open up.

    But care is needed when buying a cheap used bike.

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