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 under 500

    Hi
    im looking at buying a mountain bike, my budget's 500. Ive looked at a few bikes already including the giant revel 0.5/1 and the specialized hardrock disc 2013, just wondering if you guys know any other bikes I should take a look at?

    thanks

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    Welcome to the Forum!

    First off, do you want to buy new or used? What is your height and weight? What sort of riding do you think you will be doing most often? For 500 quid you should be able to pick up a decent entry level hardtail especially if it is last years model. You guys have a ton of great retailers in the UK.

    Wiggle | Mountain Bikes
    Hardtail | Buy Now at ChainReactionCycles.com
    Mountain Bikes | Merlin Cycles
    Mountain Bike | Mens Mountain Bikes & Frames | Evans Cycles

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    If you want to ride off the bike paths the fork is the bikes most important component. Suntour X series forks are designed to stay on the bike paths. And both bikes you' have listed have this low level fork.

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    used on ebay.
    eg something like this.
    Giant Trance x4 Full Suspension Super Light 10 7kg | eBay

    top tier used bike > bottom tier new bike imho.

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