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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    Mongoose Tyax Comp or Elite?

    Okay so I know mongoose produces wal-bikes and quality mt. bikes, is this one of the quality ones? And does anyone know the frame quality?

    The components on this Elite look too good to be true at this price:
    Mongoose Tyax Elite Mountain Bike

    And then there's the Comp model:
    Mongoose Tyax Comp Mountain Bike

    Is the Elite worth the extra money? I'd say I'm around a Medium so if I got the Elite the closest size is Small. I'm 5'9 160lbs and did bmx so I think it might be alright? But I also heard that people like their Tektro Novelas better than their Dracos and the XCM is still a quality entry fork compared to the XCR? Plus I like the Comp colors better. I'm torn...
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    are you stuck at that price point? you might want to look at bikesdirect and take a look at what they have, there are several bikes at bd that are at or just above that price range that have a bit better component level.

    bear in mind you get what you pay for, and a 400 dollar mtb isnt going to take the abuse a 2400$ mtb will. it will, however, serve you well as an entry-level bike to get in and familiar enough with the sport to determine whether or not you would ever want to drop a few grand on another bike, so long as you dont ride it to death in a month or two
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    Yeah I check bikesdirect every day(in my $400 price range), and I think this seems to be a better deal.... I think...

    And yeah i'm fine with entry level, especially since i'm a broke college kid haha.

    Edit:
    And of course nashbar has to entice me:
    Nashbar AT-3 Mountain Bike
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    for my $600 id take
    Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - Motobecane 700HT

    over either.

    edit: misread. was looking at msrp of those mongoose not $400

    for $400 these arent bad
    Mountain Bikes - MTB - Motobecane 600HT if you can fit a 17

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    The Elite is worth the extra 50 clams but fit is priceless so go with what fits

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    Yeah I'm leaning towards the Elite for it's components, and maybe I could get a Sette Reken frame to replace the stock one because I've heard great things about the Reken. How do you know if a frame is compatible with a setup?

    And I still don't get this:
    Quote Originally Posted by Slozomby View Post
    for my $600 id take
    Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - Motobecane 700HT

    over either.

    edit: misread. was looking at msrp of those mongoose not $400

    for $400 these arent bad
    Mountain Bikes - MTB - Motobecane 600HT if you can fit a 17
    Moto 600ht-
    Tektro IO disc brakes
    Rockshox Dart 2
    Shimano Deore LX RD
    WTB Velociraptor tires
    Cheap/heavy stem, seatpost, etc.

    Moto 700ht-
    Same as above except Deore XT RD and different mech discs.

    Tyax Elite-
    Tektro Draco Hydro disc brakes
    Suntour XCR-LO
    SRAM X.5 RD
    Kenda Block 8 tires


    Doesn't the Elite trump the both of them almost everywhere?

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