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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    Thanks for posting this! I'm 13 and new to mountain biking and I was worried about my new bike. Today I got a 29er hardtail bike as a Christmas and birthday present combined. It's a Rocky Mountain soul 29er and I was worried that it might not be that good. Although it felt like a great bike it was different than what I had before and I got really worried about weather or not it's a good bike. But i'm adjusting to the changes and because of this post I now feel good about the bike I have and i'll ride it like crazy from now on.

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    nice post well said.

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    I've read all this for 20 minutes, huh. It was interesting.

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    good stuff!

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    nice work!

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    I really enjoyed reading this

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    love this

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    great post

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    good stuff!

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    Good advice all around.

    I've been out of the sport for many years (I still recall my John VS Ned debates with high school friends) and have recently started to ride again! Loving it!

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    LOL some are pretty funny

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    Excellent post

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    Well put!!!!!!!!!

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    Vintage Cannondale MTB w/ 26" & 24" wheelset

    What do you all think about vintage Cannondales Mountain Bikes that have 26" front wheel and 24" rear??? Supposedly they claimed to be better traction uphill with the smaller rear wheel.

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