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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    gracias

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhix01 View Post
    If you think your bike looks good, it does.
    If you like the way your bike rides, itís an awesome bike.


    Bikes purchased at Wal-mart, Target, Costco, or K-mart are generally not the best bang for your buck.


    I love my costco bought Northrock XC6. It looks good, it rides good and so far, it's holding up fine.

    I do like the points he makes though, other than the one that implies my precious XC6 aint no good.
    He's not saying it isn't any good, but typically the quality/price ratio just isn't great.
    Refer to "ride it 'til it breaks" or better "endure people poking fun at your costco bike, and then crush them on the trails until they shut up".

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    There should be one with 26 and 29

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    lol great post
    High Hill Monkeys - http://on.fb.me/y8mff4

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    Cool!

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    Couldn't have said it better myself

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    great info, thanx!

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    Noob reading and understanding!
    Thanks

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    Cool post.

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    Great post, thank you.

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    This was fantastic! Bravo!

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    Well said, ty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhix01 View Post
    If you think your bike looks good, it does.
    If you like the way your bike rides, itís an awesome bike.


    Bikes purchased at Wal-mart, Target, Costco, or K-mart are generally not the best bang for your buck.


    I love my costco bought Northrock XC6. It looks good, it rides good and so far, it's holding up fine.

    I do like the points he makes though, other than the one that implies my precious XC6 aint no good.
    I second that!

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    Great stuff

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    nice

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    some nice quotes

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    Good to know!

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    true that!

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    Good info

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    cool

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    Hi. I'm new.

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    Echoing previous, this should be mandatory reading. It can be easy to forget to just have fun.

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    Surly is awesome.

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    Thank you.

    After an epic ride with many 26 haters. The best I read yet. "Ride in serenity, if it takes debating wheels for you and that's how you see epic serenity .....enjoy. Riding is more than a wheel it's a life, live the life on what works for you and remember the wheel is an A-B - nothing more. Great job industry, perfect business model now let's see the 27.5 hype.. already coming take it to the bank. No welcome section but newbie to here and MTB lover!!! nothing personal just a reality ride i had today with some Bob Marley Inspiration!!!!!

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