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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    New question here. Need buying advice!PLEASE help:)

    Hi everybody!
    I am saving for a new bike.I am planning on buying a mini DH bike or a bigger suspension AM bike.I am planning on getting the bike next year.I will have obout 2200-2800$.I am a begginer and currently have a hardtail with 120mm of travel.I really love DH and whant to get a DH capable bike that doesnt have more than 180mm of front travel.I dont know if when I am going to buy the bike get a 900-1500$ bike and learn the basics on it and then in a year or two buy a entry level DH bike after selling the previous one.Or should I just go and buy the more expencive DH bike?
    P.S Iam only 14 but know quite a bit obout DH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    Thanks sooo muutch

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    Any DH trails (actual downhill, lift accessible, something you would need a full blown DH rig on) near you? If not, you'd be much better off with a 5-6" travel trail/AM bike. Another thing to consider, will you be using the bike as more of an all-purpose go up/down/everywhere bike, or strictly DH?

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