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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    Motobecane 450HT or Airborne Sabre? Your feedback please...

    Good evening everybody; glad to be here. I am shopping for an entry level bike mostly for paved road type riding, an occasional dirt road or a light trail. Money is tight so I am considering the following two options:

    BD Motobecane 450HT ($320)
    -Fork Longer Travel SR Suntour SF12-XCT-V4-DS-26-100mm
    -Front Derailleur SRAM FD-3.0-A1 TOP PULL / Rear Derailleur SRAM X4 long cage
    -Shifters SRAM X4, 8 Speed Triggershift (24 speeds total)
    -Brakes TEKTRO Novela Mechanical Disc Brakes
    -Brake Levers TEKTRO ALLOY BLACK LEVER for Disc
    -Tires Kenda Blackwall 26 x 2.1

    Airborne Sabre ($250)
    -Fork Suntour XCT with 80mm travel
    -F Derailleur Shimano TY10 / Shimano Tourney TX-51
    -Shifters Shimano Acera ST-EF51 EZ-Fire Plus, 21-Speed
    -Brake Levers Shimano ST-EF51
    -Brakes Tektro Novela Sport Mechanical Disc
    -Tires KENDA 26 x 2.1" Front/Rear Specific

    I'm about 6' 190lbs. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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    Have you thought about cross bikes? They would probably be much more efficient for the type of riding you want.

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    I'd probably go with the Moto because the stuff on the Airborne is 1999-level stuff, vs 2002 level stuff on the Moto.

    My commuter bike has a Moto frame I bought for $30 off of Ebay years ago. I think it is a 450HT frame too, but it is way old. It's been fine, but it does flex a lot for an aluminium frame. Nothing else on the bike is Moto related.
    - The only thing that keeps me on a bike is happiness.

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    Airborne Skyhawk?

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