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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    Opinions on 2004 Trek Fuel 95

    I am looking for a good used dual suspension bike, primarily for XC type riding here in CO (probably 80% of it's use), and occasionally some fun downhill (Winter Park! maybe 20% of it's use), and wanted to find out what all of your opinions are on the 2004 Trek Fuel 95...
    I need to go take a look at it more closely, and see if it fits me well, but the price seems reasonable ($650), if it's a good bike. Thanks!

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    It was a $2500+ bike new so yes, it's a good deal. No, I wouldn't do any sort of DH on that bike. It's designed for XC so it's not meant for any serious drops and without a warranty, you'd be screwed.
    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    "It's amazing how people can make bicycle riding seem so complicated on the internet."

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    True, no warranty would be bad if i break something... But I really can't find a new dual suspension bike that I want, for under $1000 Which is why I was looking for something used, that could do double duty if it had to (almost all the riding will be cross country type trails around Boulder / Golden / Lyons). My 19 year old Stumpjumper didn't break! But I couldn't go as fast as I wanted because of the fork...

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    How about a 2007 Rocky Mountain ETSX 70 ?

    Don't think I can get the price at or below 1000, but one for sale that looks to be in great shape from the photos, a 15" frame though, so might be too small..

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