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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    Med or Small frame?

    I am just getting into Mtn Biking and am looking at the Cannondale Prophet 600. At 5ft 7in I am not a tall man and Most of my height is in my torso, The med frame feels good for riding position but my crotch clearance when standing is minimal. I clear it flat footed but there is not much room there. Am I better off going with a small frame to get the crotch clearance or should I be fine on the Med frame?

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    It depends on what your comfortable with, I personally like a bit of clearance but ive seen people that dont think is that important.
    I would try out the smaller size and see if it feels right, but looking at the Cdale site it dosent seem that there is much of a size difference.

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    Haha, actually yeah. Now that you mention it, it looks like I am stuck with the same standover clearance with either frame. Guess I will go with a med. It felt real comfy when I was riding it.

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    you could always go for the petite

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    the size of the top tube is more important than standover height I'm 5'7" ish with a long upper body and feel most comfortable with a 22" top tube.

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