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. New guy. Buying advice

    Hey everybody my name is Josh. I'm just getting into riding so I was shopping around for some bikes. Wow they are expensive lol. I don't really have a good budget. I was at most expecting to pay $400-$500. I know I get what I pay for but that is only what I can dish out for a bike. I'm not going to be hitting any hardcore trails. Mostly street riding and some regular trails when I have time. So I was just wondering what is the best bang for my buck. I went to my LBS and they offered me this Fuji nevada 29er(I think its a 1.9) for $390+tax. It was originally priced at $430 i think. I don't know if that's a good deal or not. The site isn't letting my post the picture if the bike from my phone but Ill try again when I get home. Let me know guys! Thank you!

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    I would look in the used market if you want bang for buck.
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    Thanks for the reply man. I've been looking on Craigslist and I haven't been able to spot out some good deals. But at the same time I don't know so much about bikes so I don't know what to look for. I'm down here Miami man.

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    I saw a Giant Revel on Craigslist also in really good shape it just doesn't have disc brakes which I don't really mind but the shocks I heard suck on those. I could maybe get that for $250 but I don't know if its worth it either

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    If it doesn't have disks its more than likely a pretty old bike. For 250, I would pass.

    Some might argue, personally I wouldn't buy a MTB without disk brakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarteaga View Post
    I saw a Giant Revel on Craigslist also in really good shape it just doesn't have disc brakes which I don't really mind but the shocks I heard suck on those. I could maybe get that for $250 but I don't know if its worth it either
    That doesn't really sound like a good deal. Keep looking on the used market man. I am sure something better will pop up.

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    Windsor cliff 4900 from bikes direct. It's $309 and comes with components equal to a bike at your LBS that costs $700+.

    I bought one last week and I'm loving it. It actually comes with the 100mm rockshox xc28 forks not the dart2 listed on the websites.

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    Oh no way that sounds pretty cool man. Thanks for the tip!

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    I'm also looking for a 29er. I noticed that one was a 26.

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    So I found this bike on Craigslist but I don't know anything about it and I can't find anything online about it. Could this be a good deal?


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    Did you see the claimed price,for something that you can not find anything about?The specs don't tell you enough about the bike , I would stay away.

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    Yea exactly that's what I thought. It's apparently at cycle kind but I've never heard of that. I found a 2012 specialized hard rock with rox shocks for 550 obo as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG99 View Post
    Windsor cliff 4900 from bikes direct. It's $309 and comes with components equal to a bike at your LBS that costs $700+.

    I bought one last week and I'm loving it. It actually comes with the 100mm rockshox xc28 forks not the dart2 listed on the websites.
    Correction - SOME of the components will be the ones you find on more expensive bikes. Bikes Direct is just clever and they know where many people won't be able to notice cheaper parts. Which, IMO, is oftentimes where you want better parts. You have to take the bikes BD sells for what they are. Ignore the marketing BS on that site (all of their "compare to" numbers are BS, so ignore that stuff) and just look at the detailed lists of what the bikes come with. If you are unsure about a part, research it individually. It might take you awhile, but you will learn from it.

    The biggest issue you will run into on inexpensive bikes (from ANY manufacturer) will be that a LOT of the parts will be house-branded or re-branded stuff it can be difficult to find information about. Hubs are terrible for this. Formula makes a lot of these kinds of hubs, but you won't see Formula's name on any spec lists in a lot of cases. Some other hub mfr's do the same.

    You have a workable budget to find yourself an entry level hardtail. Don't limit yourself to the used market just because of that. There are a lot of douchebags and thieves, especially on Craigslist, who misrepresent what they have, and ask for way more than it's worth. That encrim thing is a prime example. Bad English, exaggerated claims ($15,000 my ass), crappy pictures, and in a few cases, obviously poorly assembled (wtf is with the head tube/stem area? is that idiot using threaded headset parts on a threadless system?). I googled it and encrim looks to be just a trademarked name for a proprietary carbon fiber layup. I think that bike is stolen because the seller doesn't know ****.

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    With where your understanding is, you would be best served going to a bike shop that has bikes in your budget, and choosing one that fits (and you like the way it looks). In Miami, you are unlikely to encounter anything as a beginner rider that is going to tax the entry level suspension you will find on these bikes. And if you ever develop the skill to start pushing the capabilities of the bike, it'll be upgrade time. If you can find something with a rigid steel fork, you might even find that it does everything you need, since you say you'll mostly be on pavement. The marketing people just have most people convinced that suspension is necessary. It's nice, if you're riding in a way and in a place that would benefit from it. But you can get a lot of comfort out of big tires at a lower pressure than the markings on the side of the tire might suggest.

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    Thank you Nate I really appreciate the info and the time you took to write that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarteaga View Post
    So I found this bike on Craigslist but I don't know anything about it and I can't find anything online about it. Could this be a good deal?


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    for one thing the seller has the name of the bike incorrect..its not an encrim...its a cycle king...I think its out of England..but who knows...the best thing to do in a situation like this is google the thing...and that way you can get some sort of feel for the bike you are looking at...ask bike guys in your community...but everyone has their own type of bike they like..but I would try and stick with well known brands...Trek/Specialized/etc...with your budget..I'd try and find something used...a hard tail...something with decent components.

    Yep..I found the website...and its not carbon fiber bike its aluminum.

    Alloy Frame MAC-705-A- - Product - Cycle King Ltd.

    looks like someone purchased the frame and maybe put it together themselves or had someone to do it and they maybe didn't know what they were doing...also I noticed they didn't take enough pictures...they took 3 pics of the stem..which is strange...also the bike looks like its a 1X9..(the crank on the front is 1 gear and the back gears are 9)...and most bikers have more gears than that..esp starting off as a beginner....I feel like someone is just trying to unload a POS bike onto someone else...JMO...I'd stay away from this.
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    I second the opinion to go used but watch out for people asking way too much for their bikes, people that don't know much about what they're selling, and people that choose not to tell the whole story about what they're selling. If you don't want to deal with any of that, find a local bike shop that has '13 models on closeout. You should be able to get a new decent hardtail with mid level components in your budget with no problem.

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