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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Thread: new build!

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    new build!

    hey guys just order a med parker from and tora fork from jenson. This is gonna be my first build im so pumped! if anyone has any ideas for deals or advice on best way to do this that would be awesome!

    also gonna be my first bike with rear suspension, I heard this bike is a good transition from hardtail

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    Possibly consider buying a Bikes Direct bike and swap the parts over and whatever is left sell on ebay. I almost did that with my build that I am working on except I needed too many specific clyde friendly parts so I would have had to sell off more than I wanted to mess with. Otherwise, research, and look, look, and look some more for the best deals and be ready to spend more than you intended. My $1000 budget build is up to about $2500 now last time I checked.

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