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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    saddle for badle

    I need a new saddle. I measured my sit bones with specialized and I have small-130mm. I read really bad reviews for the Alias so I was wondering what anybody would recomend as a good race sadle. At the moment I have a fi-zi-k plateau and as I pedal with high rpm's my sit bones naturally sink into the seat, which kills me.

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    I have a larger spread, so 143mm is for me I have an Avatar 143 that is great but heavy, I tried a 135 mm Alias, that was good and light but just a bit too small. I am going to try an Alias 143mm, ans I think I'll be there.

    I can't stand anything without the slit in the middle.

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    I have an Avatar and an Alias in the same size (155 in my case). Honestly, I find the Avatar more comfortable even though they are very similarly built.

    As for you in particular, everyone is different. I would start with WTB and see if you can try a couple. A lot of people find them to their liking.

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