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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    Newb, need help picking out a bike

    Looking to get into mtn biking, but not sure what bike to start off with. I live in CO, so there is a lot of terrain to choose from. What I've read so far, I'm interested in picking up a hardtail.

    Regarding my riding experience, back in the day, I used race BMX(sponsored for a few seasons by a local bike shop and Kuwahara) and ride vert. I have also worked in a few bike shops building and repairing bikes, so I could build a bike if that would be my best option.

    I've been searching through craigslist, but there is so much to choose from. I prefer picking up used, because I know I will end up replacing/upgrading after a few months.

    Thanks

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    My friend rides a Specialized HRXC and says it's a mos-def good bike.I'd reccomend a GT Avalance 3.0 Disc but it depends on how much your spending.I spent 500$ on it.

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    Go to your LBS and ride some bikes. Everyone seems to like the feel of different bikes- thats why there are so many different kinds . I rode a bunch of different bikes at a bunch of LBS's and settled on a GT Avalanche 2.0 disc. I wanted a Canondale F5 at first, but they didn't have any in stock and recommended the GT. I like it a lot.

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    Thanks for the info. Checked out a few bikes and really like Gary Fisher. Now just need to figure out which model

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