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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    Pulled the trigger on a new bike

    As some of you know, I have been riding an old beat up 15 year old Nishiki Pinnacle for the last year. I finally pulled the trigger and bought a new bike. I didn't have the budget to go to the step I wanted, but I definitely think this is an upgrade and a half on what I did have. I went with the Diamondback Overdrive 29er.

    It was last year's model and they had it on sale for a $100 cheaper. But ultimately price isn't why I went with it. I just loved the feel of it, it fit me to a tee. I looked at a Trek Marlin, Wahoo, Felt Trail 9 and a Specialized Hard Rock. I didn't like the feel of the Specialized and Felt. I found the Wahoo didn't have double walled rims, so it went out. I was pretty set on the Marlin because I had tested it and loved its feel. The Diamondback for me felt just like the Marlin did, maybe even a bit better, and it was $180 cheaper. Had to pull the trigger on that. Plus, the LBS gave me a deal where I paid $55 bucks and get free repairs and tuneups for a year. Thought that was a good plus.

    I can't wait to ride it on the trail tomorrow.
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    You're not one with nature until you eat it.

    Bike: 2011 Diamondback Overdrive 29er

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    Looks nice!

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    Nice! Excellent Choice!

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    Nice.

    One of the Overdrive models is probably the only product from Diamondback that I'd spend my own money on, on purpose.

    Let us know how it rides.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Nice choice. Now you have to ride to often and hard to take advantage of the repairs and tune ups! Do you need any more incentive

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    Looks good! How heavy are those bikes?

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    Not sure of the weight. But it feels similar to me to the other bikes I tried out.

    And very good point Echo.
    You're not one with nature until you eat it.

    Bike: 2011 Diamondback Overdrive 29er

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    I'd love a 29'er. Good for you!

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    Nice looking ride!

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    Good for you!

    Just don't read that yellow sticker on your forks

    I was bummed when I read mine...

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    Nice color scheme

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