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 guy needs your opinion!

    Looking to get my first bike. Wondering which one of these bikes would be the better bike?

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ne_300HT07.htm


    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/hay1000.htm


    Thanks for the input!
    Craig

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    I would go with the Dawes, mostly because it has disc brakes. There not great disc brakes, but there probably just as good as the V-Brakes on the Moto. The Dawes gets the +1 because of the disc hubs. You could remove the rotor and caliper spend 90 dollars and get a set of Avid BB7 disc brakes. The stock cables and levers would be fine with them.
    Big Foot Blue KHS XC704r

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    Look like similar components. It would be nice if you could ride one and see which fits better. Maybe check out local bike store at bikes in this price range.

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