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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    Newbie looking at a 2 options for first bike, can't decide!

    Got 2 bikes I'm looking at for a first bike, any help/advice you could provide would be great. Pros/Cons of each, which is better deal, etc.

    2007 Rockhopper Disc - $550

    2007 Fisher Marlin - $400

    Thanks!

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    I just purchased an 08 Rockhopper from a nearby LBS. I test rode a Hardrock Sport, Disc, Rockhopper, and Trek 4000 series. Out of all those I felt the Rockhopper was the best. I enjoyed the smooth shifting, lightness of the frame, and the overall feel of the bike.

    I think you're going to get people here suggesting the Rockhopper Disc and/or other models besides the two you listed. Really you just need to go test ride both and see which one you like best. It doesn't matter if the components are better on one if you hate how it feels under your body. That is going to be the most common reply .

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    +1 to test riding buy which ever fits better

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