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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 purchase

    Just getting back in to riding again. Looking to purchase decent quality bike. Found a Marin bobcat 2011 for $300. Is this a good buy? Not to familiar with marin

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    seems like a good buy to me.
    2011 Marin Bobcat Trail - BikePedia
    check to make sure components match up. often seller's lie or are mistaken about the year. sometimes they swap out cheaper components as well.

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    Re: Newbie purchase

    Or.... would I be better off with a 2000 trek 6500 zx?

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    Kind of a wash. 13 years is a long time for bicycle suspension, and with the Trek, you'd need to be ready to maintain the wheels and brakes in a period setup. But the service life on the stuff on the Marin won't be brilliant if you ride a lot.

    A good fit is really more important. So maybe the sizes of the bikes can make your decision for you. Or buy the cheaper one, the less chewed up one, the prettier one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pm
    Is the Marin bobcat a good quality brand to start off with?
    Nothing wrong with the company. Marin has been around a long time, they just never grabbed a lot of market share.
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    and 13 year bicycle is almost never worth it. especially for a newbie.

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