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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    Raptor vs. Raven

    Which hydropack do you prefer? I am considering buying an osprey but am not sure if I should go with the Raptor 14 or the Raven 14....they seem similar-the Raven is women specific and only comes in two colors-hence the allure of the Raptor with more color options.

    Which packs do you have and what do you love about them?

    Thanks!

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    Raptor vs. Raven

    If you like looking at boobies, Raptor. Otherwise...

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