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 to MTB'ing

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    Good job! New to MTB'ing

    Hey guys, found this site when looking at bike reviews. I'm a long time BMXer, and I've decided to switch to a MTB. I don't have a lot of money for a new decent quality bike, so I'm looking at used bikes, mostly on craigslist. I have pretty much made my decision on what I will get. I found a 2012 cannondale trail 5 for $300. Does this seem like a decent price and bike?

    thanks

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    300 seems like it could be a good deal.
    I couldnt find the 2012 value.
    2011 TRAIL 5
    BBB Value:
    $302 (Like-New)
    $287 (Excellent)
    $259 (Good)
    $193 (Fair)

    Check out these guides:
    Noob Guide to Buying a used MTB
    Noob Buyer's Guide

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    Thanks for the response. I'm going to check it out tomorrow after work. As long as everything is in good shape I'll be getting it. It seems like the stock parts will be good enough for now. Ill post a pic if/when I pick it up ...

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