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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    Aug 2012

    My, new to me, Ibex 03 Ignition-2!

    I'm new to MTB. I rode BMX bikes as a kid and LOVED going anywhere on my bike. I wanted to get back to riding and having fun, so I went looking for a used bike to start out on. I found this Ibex 03 Ignition-2 on CL listed for $250. It is the perfect size for me. The guy who owned it is an engineer who took very good care of it, only used it on trails, "no jumping or stunts" and hadn't used it in years. I checked it out and offered him $175. He just wanted it out of his garage, so he took it. I love it so far! It's all stock components, so I know it's entry-level stuff, but for $175, I think I got a really good deal.

    Last edited by DropkickMurphy; 08-21-2012 at 08:00 PM.

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