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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    Scott Aspect 29 trail vs Cannondale trail 6

    Im looking at these 2 bikes. Need the expert opinion of this forum. What are you're guys thoughts?

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    Both have forks without rebound dampening adjustment. They are ok for bike paths and dirt roads. Bumps and speed mean pogoing. In that price range the Airborne Guardian is spec'ed better with a fork to go off road.

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    Eb, I'm not sure I understand what that advice means - can you explain a little more?

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    The forks have a coil spring that compresses with a bump. The coil spring should be matched to your weight. A well adjusted rebound dampener slows it's return so the wheel can follow the bump and maintain steering control while the frame remains stable. Then you can ride over things without bouncing out of contact and out of control.and have to slow down a lot. Here's a video of a good fork through a fun but difficult trail.
    .Manitou Tower Pro Review - 29er fork test - YouTube
    On a bike path you don't need to have the same degree of control to avoid things or encounter as many connected bumps in as broad a range. The Suntour forks would be overwhelmed at a lower speed. You have to brake more and bring your speed way down
    Skill can compensate for some fork performance, but as always for me, its hard to develop the skill using the stuff that you need the skill to make work.

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    What if k doesn't plan to ride fast?

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    That's why a demo day is a good experience and opportunity to see what you like to do. It's hard to plan for and spend money on an activity without doing it. You can think it's too hard or not fun on underperforming equipment.
    It might seem like you wouldn't go on a trail like shown in the video. Those are built by people not to get to someplace in a quick an easy way like a road. Skill and fun and a challenge only.
    This trail is close by and I ride it often.(not me)--
    Stony Creek- Fall Season 2009 - YouTube

    On speed. No one is out there enforcing restrictions, cause there aren't any- except personal safety and consideration for other trail users. You can go as fast as you want.
    Last edited by eb1888; 08-23-2012 at 03:46 AM.

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    Hey K, Flip a coin - they are pretty much the same. Looks like you are buying local - is there a price difference? I'd like to know a little more about you to understand if these bikes are appropriate for your goals.

    What are you trying to accomplish? Where will you be riding? Would you consider buying a bike online? Are you budgeting for accessories like a helmet, gloves, padded shorts, bike transport method, pedals, water bottle cage and bottle?

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    For me, it really comes down to comfort. Ride them both, and pick the most comfortable one. I love my aspect 29.

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