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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Thread: Which ones????

  1. #1
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    Apr 2010

    Cool-blue Rhythm Which ones????

    Hi all,

    need to get on bikes - the whole family!!

    After I got rid of the "69.99 Special" - I am looking into serious bikes to start.

    However, this is quite a steep learning task - bikes came a looooooooooong way, ....I'm finding out!

    Here is what I narrowed it down to:

    Cannondale F4
    Giant XTC2
    GT Avalanche 1.0 Disc
    Rocky Mountain Trailhead XC ('09)
    Trek 6500 or 6000

    (if I can get a Ladies specific version, I will get that one for my wife....)

    I am looking to buy 2 (same type, different size of one of the above models) for me and my wife and little later another one for my son.

    As an option I consider a Diamondback Sortie 1 ('08) for my boy (on sale for 1/2 price)

    I would like to hear your experiences with any of these bikes and if you have recommendations - better so!!

    Thanx all!


  2. #2
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    Join Date
    May 2009
    All pretty nice bikes. Try to ride each one and see which one you like. Also try a Scott Scale 70 if you have a dealer near you. It's in that price range. As for your wife, she might like the way a different bike feels so don't assume you are getting a smaller version of your bike for her. You might be able to get a deal if you're buying 2 (maybe 3) bikes at one time.

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