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 rider needs some bike advice

    Hey everyone, I'm a new rider and am shopping around to find a good all around first bike. I'm in the 1k price range but am willing to go up a little for something worth the money. I am focusing on a hardtail for simplicity factor and that I don't plan on doing any serious downhill riding. I will mostly be riding trail and don't think I need the FS. That being said, I went down to my local shop to check out some bikes. The two that really caught my eye were the giant xtc 2 29 for $1100 http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/....2/5730/36261/ and the Felt Q720 on sale for $750 http://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2010...ries/Q720.aspx

    I'm not bike savvy so a lot of my information was coming from the sales guy who IMHO seemed knowledgeable. He informed me that the felt was a new brand but provided alot of bang for the buck. The giant had slightly better components and was a better bicycle when you looked at everything on it as a whole. He also stated that the 29 wheels make trail riding and clearing obstacles easier.

    Now what I ask of you knowledgeable folk is what do you think of those two choices for a guy who wants to buy something quality that I can grow into without breaking the bank. OR...is both rides blow them what would you recommend (within my 1k ish price range) and why. Thanks for your replies and for reading through this wall of text

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    of those two i would go with the Giant but if you are willing to look around take a look at this Trek 6700 Disc, its a very nice bike in my opinion but it all comes down to what feels better for you,

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ries/6700disc/
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    I checked out the trek online, it looks nice but a little out of my price range. I found some info on the cannondale F5 http://www.rei.com/product/796393?pr...:referralID=NA and was wondering of that is better than them all for a decent price. I know the webpage is REI so it can probably be found for cheaper. What do you think?

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    The cannondale looks pretty decent to me... check around with your LBS and see if they have any 09's left over, good savings can be had that way.
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