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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    Mountain Bike Sizing

    Hello! I am new to Mountain Biking and I just bought myself a Trek 3700 22.5" bike. I am looking for another used mountain bike to buy for my boyfriend so I have someone to ride with on a regular basis. I am 6'3" and the 22.5" feels really comfortable for me. My boyfriend is 6'7" and therefore needs the same size or larger.

    I have been searching Craigslist for a used bike for him to get for his birthday with no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions for models of bikes that come in size 22.5" or larger?

    I am looking for a relatively cheap bike since I am short on cash but I also do not want it to break right away. So far all I have done are intermediate trails and I do not forsee us getting too extreme in the near future since we are both new to the sport. Keep in mind though he is a boy and will probably be riding harder than I am because he has no fear.

    Thanks for the help guys!

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    Finding a used bike for someone that tall is going to hard. You could look on ebay , pinkbike or here . Might have save some money for something new.

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    Look for 29ers, 26ers that big are hard to come by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Epeters View Post
    Hello! I am new to Mountain Biking and I just bought myself a Trek 3700 22.5" bike. I am looking for another used mountain bike to buy for my boyfriend so I have someone to ride with on a regular basis. I am 6'3" and the 22.5" feels really comfortable for me. My boyfriend is 6'7" and therefore needs the same size or larger.

    I have been searching Craigslist for a used bike for him to get for his birthday with no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions for models of bikes that come in size 22.5" or larger?

    I am looking for a relatively cheap bike since I am short on cash but I also do not want it to break right away. So far all I have done are intermediate trails and I do not forsee us getting too extreme in the near future since we are both new to the sport. Keep in mind though he is a boy and will probably be riding harder than I am because he has no fear.

    Thanks for the help guys!
    I think I saw something like what you need on eBay a few days ago. Take a look there...

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