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.
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    NOOB in need ..Please help me out !!

    Hey guys , I am new to the forum and I would love to get back on the trails. Since my bike got stolen I kinda sat for sometimes but I really wanna get out baaaaddddd...
    Since I am on a tight budget (300-350) here are the bikes I am looking at :

    2009 or '10 Specialized Hard rock
    ****NICE SPECIALIZED BIKE**** - $225

    2011 Raleigh Talus 2.0
    2011 Talus Raleigh Mountain Bike - $300 (Edmond, OK)

    Gary fischer Mamba (unknown year)
    Gary Fisher Mamba Mountain Bike - $120 (oklahoma city)

    I hope to hear from the sellers soon so I can test ride them .. Let's do this and thank you in advance

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    If you gotta have one NOW ... Get the Mamba, and plan on selling it later.

    Then when you recoup a few more dollars, start looking at the $400 range, or just keep looking.

    Example - Fuji Bikes | MOUNTAIN | MOUNTAIN SPORT | NEVADA 29 1.9
    $450 NEW ... And I'm sure you can find a used one, or something very close to it, for $300-400 if you keep looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdrums View Post
    Hey guys , I am new to the forum and I would love to get back on the trails. Since my bike got stolen I kinda sat for sometimes but I really wanna get out baaaaddddd...
    Since I am on a tight budget (300-350) here are the bikes I am looking at :

    2009 or '10 Specialized Hard rock
    ****NICE SPECIALIZED BIKE**** - $225

    2011 Raleigh Talus 2.0
    2011 Talus Raleigh Mountain Bike - $300 (Edmond, OK)

    Gary fischer Mamba (unknown year)
    Gary Fisher Mamba Mountain Bike - $120 (oklahoma city)

    I hope to hear from the sellers soon so I can test ride them .. Let's do this and thank you in advance
    personally seems like a lot of money for either of those bikes...be patient and wait for a good deal.....I bought the same specialized hardrock for just over $100 and it is in super clean...but it is also SUPER HEAVY, and the front shocks aren't good at all...you'll need to upgrade...look around for a better deal!

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    2011 Raleigh Talus 2.0 Mountain Bike Medium/18in Black

    $204.99 - BCMultisport.com

    Free Shipping on Orders over $75
    I gotta agree with islander... Overpriced !!!

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    Ok I will keep looking

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    Hey guys so I bought a Diamondback sorrento sport 2002 for 80 bucks .
    http://images.craigslist.org/3Gf3Fd3...04127f10b2.jpg

    http://images.craigslist.org/3L83M93...651c3d1f39.jpg

    bike specs :

    TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing 7005 aluminum w/replaceable derailleur hanger
    Fork Brand & Model 191 RST Omni CL, 2.5" travel
    Fork Material Triple-clamp

    Components
    Component Group Mountain Mix
    Brakeset :ProMax linear-pull brakes, ProMax linear-pull levers
    Shift Levers SRAM 3.0
    Front Derailleur Shimano TY-10, top-pull/clamp-on 31.8mm
    Rear Derailleur SRAM ESP 3.0
    Crankset Apex FCM50, 24/34/42 teeth
    Pedals Wellgo resin
    Bottom Bracket Sealed cartridge, 102mm spindle
    BB Shell Width 68mm English
    Rear Cogs 7-speed, 13 - 28 teeth
    Chain :KMC, 1/2 x 1/8"
    Seatpost :Aluminum micro-adjust, 27.2mm diameter
    Saddle Avenir Super Soft
    Handlebar Steel, 30mm rise
    Handlebar Stem Steel
    Headset 1 1/8" steel

    here is a video of the trail i will use it on
    Arcadia Lake Mountain Bike Trail - YouTube

    What can i do to make it trail ready please ? Thank you

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    NICE...at least you have a bike to pedal around now! Wash it, pump it up, oil it, and go jump it!!! Have FUN!!! Cheers! -Nick

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    AWESOME thank you !!!!! much much excited

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    So Fuji is a good starter bike?

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    ...All clean and ready for the trails tomorrow

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    Hey man, great choice! can't go wrong for 80 bucks! (: Happy riding!
    Short guy on a big bike.

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    Not a bad bike for $80 and realistically every bit as good as the other bikes listed.

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    Thank you very much I'm pretty happy with the way it rides

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    I wish I could find a $80 bike!

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