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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    My bike progression story

    My first real Mtn bike was a 2010 Hardrock that I picked up off CL for $250. I ended up picking up a set of wheels tires and bb7s off cl for $150, and a new Bomber fork for 130$. Sold the old brakes, wheels, tires and fork and made about $200 back. It was a great bike and got me hooked. Sold it for 550.
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    The next bike was my first transition into FS. 2005 Enduro Expert in brand new condition for $700(DEAL!). I loved it but it was too large. I put it on CL and sold it for $1300 in hours.
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    Then I went into a bike limbo. Went through multiple bikes buying and selling on CL/ebay trying to find something that I liked. (Motobecane Fantom Elite DS, Ibex Asta Pro, Bianchi SASS, a couple road bikes. I couldn't find a bike that I really liked, but at least I made money off of each transaction.

    It finally occurred to me to buy a Frame that I liked and build it up with parts that I liked. So I hit ebay and found this :
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    3.3 lbs and looked amazing!
    Built it all up to be a super fun trail bike:
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    Nothing quite like building your own bike up. I slowy upgraded it with carbon this and that, brakes, wheels, saddle, etc.
    Rode it for a year, and loved every minute of it but started getting into so much more technical riding and had an itch for a full squish.
    Found this Mount Vision on CL for $700
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    Loved it right away. The suspension design works amazing. I guess thats what happens when a former formula one suspension designer designs for your bike. I took the parts off my Stumpy that I wanted on the Marin (XT wheelset, XTR brakes, Thomson Masterpiece Seatpost, Selle Italia Carbonio Saddle, carbon bars, etc) and swaped the parts. Then I sold the Stumpy for $1000 (Lots more than I was hoping for) and here we are today:

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    This is my favorite sport/hobby. I also picked up a Monocog 29er which is a great compliment to the full suspension 26er. It took me a while to find exactly what I wanted for bikes but I am pretty dang content and satisfied with what I have now.

    -Moe

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    TL : DR
    I like riding bikes. Now I have the bikes I want.

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    Great progression. Thanks for sharing!
    2009 Stumpjumper Comp HT.
    An old Trek 820 ST.

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    Re: My bike progression story

    Good lord you go through some rides! They're nice though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GelatiCruiser View Post
    Good lord you go through some rides! They're nice though.
    I figure that as long as I am buying them used I probably wont lose much money on them(or I will make money), and I get to have a blast on the bikes!

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