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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    Ross Zion Canyon- decent bike or no?

    Hello,

    Pardon my newbie-ness here, I am a new biker (well I rode in high school and college, but that was 16 years ago).

    I am currently riding a beat up old Huffy mountian bike that I got for 10 bucks. Gets me around, but it is heavy (38 pounds!) and one of the sprockets is giving out. Time to upgrade.

    A friend at work has a Ross Zion Canyon bike that he bought back in 1997. It has never been assembled and is still in the box just like the day he bought it. He is selling it for $200. Says he paid around $800 for it back in the day.

    Would this make a good bike? Or is Ross a not so good brand?

    Thanks for your input.

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    I am not familar with it but this is what i found. Sounds like $200 used is high but new possibly worth it considering its a friend & still in the box.

    http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Bike_har...ct_76710.shtml

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    I worked in a bike shop that sold Ross bikes in the 90's and it was not a good brand. Not as bad as huffy but not very good. Most of the Ross like retailed for around 250.00 I can not imagine a Ross going for 800.00. And I certainly would not pay 200.00 for a 9 year old bike especialy a Ross.

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