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 bike...ideas???

    ive been looking for a bike for about 2 months now, doing all sorts of research on the different models. I like to do trails and mountain stuff but i am confused on what bike is best for me. I am taller at 6'5'' and i weigh about 240 so i need a bike that can handle me and the trails. Does anyone have some helpful suggestions? thanks

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    Do you have a budget? Do you prefer a full suspension or hardtail? Normally you get more value with a hardtail. These questions will help us narrow the search. As for a quick answer given your dimensions, I would look at the Giant XTC or the Trek 6700. Welcome!

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    i have looked at some and will spend up to 400 for a new or used hardtail. i owned an iron horse a while back full suspension and it was bumpy to me. i just bought it because i needed a bike not because i knew what i was doing.

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    Go test ride some stuff in your price range and see what feels best. Thats what I did, I remember seeing a nice raliegh in that range I am sure someone will chime in on good bikes in that range for your needs.
    XC, Road, XXC, Endurance, Mtn, All-Mtn, Cross, Gravel, just go have fun on 2 wheels!

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    thanks, i have looked and tested a few, im afraid i have expensive taste, haha thanks for the info tho

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    With $400 you're somewhat limited on quality as well as comfort.
    My advice is to test ride a few new bikes in your price range and above...then buy used in your price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdsukid
    i owned an iron horse a while back full suspension and it was bumpy to me. i just bought it because i needed a bike not because i knew what i was doing.

    what HI did you have? the reason i ask is i have been one for a good while now and i love my 'cheap' HI full sup.


    oh and giants are well priced and the hardtails look pretty sweet with that top tube bend... i dont know the model right off hand thou.
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    You definently need to go to the lbs and sit on some bikes. You would be better of buying one from the shop since you are new to the mtb scene. This way you will have a support system, ussually a bike shop will give at least one free tune up with a bike purchase. If you know or find out what brands your lbs carries that would be helpful in order to suggest bikes.

    Realisticly though most bikes in this price range are fairly simular on the spec. sheet. It is more about how you feel when you sit on the bike because each manufaturer has a little diff. geometry.

    Personally i dont think you can beat the spec hardrock as an entry level bike and it is carried by a multitude of bike shops. Check out the sport it is right on your budget.

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