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 to This

    Hey i am new to this site and have been looking at threads and talking to people trying to figure out what i should get. I'm 18 and about 5'7 200 lbs. i used to ride when i was a kid and decided to get into it again. i really dont know much but i am trying to get a bike to ride trails and other stuff. i have about $850 and am almost likely gonna get the Rockhopper disc but am deciding about the 29er or not. Is that a bad idea? anyone please aha.

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    The Rockhopper is a good bike. My son and I each have one, and I'm in the process of building up a Rockhopper 29er frame that I bought recently over eBay. If a Rockhopper feels comfortable on you, then have no qualms about buying one.

    I don't know how much I can help on the 29er versus 26er question. But FWIW, I'm close to your height -- 5' 8", and I very much like the 29er wheelsize, as does my 12-year-old son (5' 5"). That Rockhopper 29er frame that I'm building up will be my third 29er, and most of my riding these days is on my 29ers. My strong advice is to go to your local bike shop and see whether they have any 29ers in stock that you can test ride. Try for yourself. Then decide for yourself.

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