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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  1. #26
    fly on the wall
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Quote Originally Posted by abeckstead View Post
    Here's my 4'6" 8.5 yr old on his new specialized p1 dirt jumper. He's moving up from a 20" hotrock that is setup 2x6. The 24" bikes are crap too. This I can/will atleast put a real fork on it. He can ride it now and for quite some time I hope. Lucky kid got his Xmas present today cause we are traveling tomorrow for vacation. Took him out for a quick run with it though ...

    That 2nd pic is the face of pure joy! Very nice.

    I'm putting in my vote for rigid. Of all the bikes I rotate through my stable, I've always had a rigid bike in one form or another, and ride it often. It teaches lessons no suspended bike can about reading the trail.

  2. #27
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012

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