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 mounatin biking and need advice.

    Hey guys, I have always wanted to get into the sport of mountain biking so I went out and bought my first mountain bike just to try out the sport. I bought a 2013 GT Aggressor 2.0. I haven't customized the bike yet or anything so it is all just still stock parts. The riding I mostly do is on and through the local dirt trails we have in the woods here in Northeast Ohio. Unfortunately I am the only one out of my friends that happens to like this sport. So is there any tips I could please get on how to get better or what kind of gear I can get to better myself. Also what is the best way to clean the bike and put it away for winter so it will be good to go when spring comes around. Last question I have is that the GT bike I purchased, is it a good trail bike for beginners? I would appreciate any tips or tricks that could further better me in this new sport and also make it a fun time while doing it. Thank you!

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    GT Aggressor 2.0 - BikeRadar

    "The Aggressor 2.0 sits in the middle of GTís entry-level range, losing out on the 1.0ís cable-operated disc brakes and slightly longer travel fork, but bettering the bare bones 3.0ís seven-speed transmission. It has potential as a gentle trail cruiser but the basic Suntour fork simply isnít up to the job as the pace picks up.

    Ride & handling: Potentially trailworthy machine is let down by its clunky fork. . .

    Underneath the unassuming paint and basic componentry is a thoroughly trailworthy machine.

    At least it would be, were it not for one near-fatal flaw: the fork. In common with every other bike weíve ridden thatís unfortunate enough to be lumbered with Suntourís M3010, everything feels fine at low to middling speeds and on smoothish trails. Pick the pace up and get a bit more adventurous, though, and it all comes apart at the seams.

    The fork clatters and twangs over the bumps, the harsh top-out sending unpleasant jolts back through the handlebar to the riderís hands."

    The BikeDirect Gravity Point 2 is a trail ready bike.

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    How to video's on youtube, Mastering Mountain Biking by Lee Mcormick,Park Tools or Sheldon Brown for maintence ,and here .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morbid View Post
    Hey guys, I have always wanted to get into the sport of mountain biking so I went out and bought my first mountain bike just to try out the sport. I bought a 2013 GT Aggressor 2.0. I haven't customized the bike yet or anything so it is all just still stock parts. The riding I mostly do is on and through the local dirt trails we have in the woods here in Northeast Ohio. Unfortunately I am the only one out of my friends that happens to like this sport. So is there any tips I could please get on how to get better or what kind of gear I can get to better myself. Also what is the best way to clean the bike and put it away for winter so it will be good to go when spring comes around. Last question I have is that the GT bike I purchased, is it a good trail bike for beginners? I would appreciate any tips or tricks that could further better me in this new sport and also make it a fun time while doing it. Thank you!
    Instead of putting your bike away for the winter, get yourself to Rays Indoor mountain bike park in Cleveland as many times as you can. When spring rolls around, you'll be prepared for anything the trails can throw at you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by david101372 View Post
    Instead of putting your bike away for the winter, get yourself to Rays Indoor mountain bike park in Cleveland as many times as you can. When spring rolls around, you'll be prepared for anything the trails can throw at you.
    Such good advice; I miss being close to Ray's, your riding can improve really quickly with a few trips there. I'm from Erie originally and it was worth the drive every time.

    Make sure you read the "Sticky" threads, most of your questions will probably be answered through those. My advice is save your money until you need something or break something. Ride as much as you can, and try to find people to ride with once in a while. Travel to go riding, even if it's as close as Vulture's Knob or as far as Moab or BC; a ride-road trip is one of the best experiences you'll have as a mountain biker.
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