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 trail riding, getting a 11 Trek Marlin

    New to the trail riding Where I live have some pretty awesome trails and complicated rock/dirt sections. I have been walking them some with my dog but it has given me the urge to get on a bike. So far I have looked at a Raleigh and a gt 29er but decided to look on Craigslist.

    Found a 11 Trek Marlin for 275 and looks like I am picking it up tomorrow . Amy thoughts on how it is for a good starter bike?

    From what I read I need to get a seat and brakes asap.

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    Good price if it's your size. It takes a few rides to get toughened up to any seat.
    The suntour fork is designed for bike paths and easy trails. No adjustable rebound damping(pogo) over multiple bumps at speed. Also flexy. If you have the receipt for the bike you can get a Raidon air fork for 175 from Nick at Suntour. There is a thread in this section with a review on page 5.
    Random Bike Parts has a $240 RockShox Recon Gold air fork which is 1.5lbs. lighter. No receipt needed. The swap is easy--
    Suspension fork upgrade installation - YouTube
    Brakes to look at are SLX.

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    It is my size thankfully, I will check about a receipt but I doubt he does.

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