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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    Shopping for a bike....

    So I've picked up that it's a good idea to start out with a hardtail. Which is fine, it all makes sense in order to build form and technique. But my question is about which bike to get? I've looked into Giant Rainier and Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc, which is better? The Specialized sounds like a better bike and company. Giant seems to be more of a soccer mom/generic bike (not trying to insult anyones choice in company, and I'm sure their top of the line bikes are really nice.) Am I right to be leaning towards the rockhopper? Are their any others I should look at before buying a bike? Should I buy one used? (I'm planning on getting a new one.) Any thoughts or help would be sweet! Thanks

    What about the Kona Kikapu?
    Last edited by QuicKsilver7537; 04-28-2007 at 12:53 PM.

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    I own a Giant bike that is built like a tank. I have the 06 Yukon and I've rode it for a year and a half. I've put it away wet, gotten it stuck in a stream with water over the handlebars,turned the discs a different color from the heat, and other dumb things. The point is I coudln't be more satisfied with my Giant. The only thing I've had to replace is one cable and adjust a few things. I would definitely recommend Giant.

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    Both are good bikes, so is the kikapu. Test ride them all and get the one you like most. Make sure all the bikes you've tried we're in the right size for you first of course.

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