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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    Love it!

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    I'm a 100% noob and was trying to get my "5" post mark to post a new thread asking what bike is best. But instead, I'll run to my local Trek shop, test out a few in my price range, then run to the ***** Sporting Goods, try out a diamondback, then make my decision on what feels best to me (:

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    Classic! What a great and informational post. good read
    Bone stock 2012 Trek Cobia

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    first post!!

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    Very true. I'm getting back into biking after 15 years off, my bike is over 20 years old. Was the best money could buy at the time. No suspension, suspension hadn't been invented when I bought it! But I used to do downhill races on it, go up and down proper mountains. If it could do it then it can do it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by binka View Post
    Very true. I'm getting back into biking after 15 years off, my bike is over 20 years old. Was the best money could buy at the time. No suspension, suspension hadn't been invented when I bought it! But I used to do downhill races on it, go up and down proper mountains. If it could do it then it can do it now.
    nope.
    there was suspension bikes back then just about that time or maybe earlier.
    remember that dual'shock at rear suspension bikes, like a motocross?
    super heavy.

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    A+ enjoyable Thanks

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    good to know stuff. thanks!

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    thanks very informative

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    My friend that's been a longtime rider has a similar attitude to the original post. I hope that's the norm for the local riders, but I aim to find out either way.

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    If I knew how to post a thumbs up, I would

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    Can't argue with that brotha!!

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    Classic!

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    Not wanting to offend anyone, just posting so I can get to ten and put an image of my Trek 9900 that I want to sell in the classifieds....

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    Sorry, looked for a place to advertise my bike for sale. Need to post a few more times to add a photo.

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    10/10 would read again

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    As a member of a few different forums this is the first I've seen a post like this. Priceless. Oh yeah, noob here.
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    That **** is hilarious, love the diplomacy!

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    Great post!

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    It's informative AND funny. I'm pretty new to this hobby and this post more or less summed up what I've been trying to discern after days of sifting through threads, trying to make sense of countless opinions.

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    I read this and it made me feel more dum

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    Good read. Glad I stopped in.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by next View Post
    I read this and it made me feel more dum
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    I feel like learnt a bit.. and had a damn good giggle. thanks

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