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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    Questions about 29er

    Hey all. I am looking at buying a new bike but am confused about the 29er sizing. I am 5'10 with a 32' inseam. I was looking at the Norco Charger 9.1 29er Charger « Cross Country « Mountain « Bikes « Norco Bicycles

    I have a good deal with a friend for his bike which is a 15" frame. He is 5'8 and he says it will fit me. After doing some research it seems that it should fit but I think it will be to small. It doesn't need to be a perfect fit I am wondering if it will work. Any input for me?

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    Sounds small. For him, too. At your height, you'd probably ride a 17" or 19" frame.

    That's just a guideline, though. The companies aren't consistent about their sizing and individual riders have different preferences.
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    5'8" myself, short inseam, longer torso. I ride a small in a 29 er.
    2013 Specialized Carbon Camber Pro 29er (Warranty frame and other stuff)
    2011 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29er

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    I'm 5'8" and ride a large (19") but should be on a medium (18"); test ride it to determine if you fit but if you feel tight or cramped step away and don't even consider putting a longer stem and a setback post.

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    it really depends on preference, I'm 5'11 and ride a 15'' and a 19'' and i really do prefer a tighter cockpit.. internet fitting is a ballpark but liking may vary, try the bike before u buy it

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