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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    Should I pull the trigger??

    Ok guys, I'm looking to buy a FR/DH bike. I've got an absolute maximum budget of $1000. I've got a few bikes I'm looking at, some of which include a 2007 Norco A-line and a Raleigh XT3500 with a bunch of upgrades.

    The bike I'm curious about is a 2004 Cannondale Gemini 900. It's got a 2004 Boxxer World Cup fork, a manitou rear shock, and other parts that seem to be pretty quality.

    Here's a link to the ad:
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/bik/1677663246.html

    I've got him talked down to $750 for it. What do you guys think?

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    Used bikes are tricky - make sure you check it out and take a close look at the bike before committing. Check for scratches, dings, drivetrain wear, etc. If the bike looks well used cosmetically, then that may be a sign that it's been abused some and won't last: aluminum frames can only take so much before they crack.

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    My plan is to take any bike I'm going to purchase to a bike shop to have it checked out before I drop the money. When I'm spending this much on a bike, I'm going to be sure it's going to work ;-)

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    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/1675986128.html - 2005 Giant DH Team (willing to come down to $650)
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/bik/1665189803.html - 2003 Bighit Expert (~$650)
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/bik/1675678267.html - 2006 Giant Faith 2 (might be out of price range)
    2007 Norco A-line ($1000)
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/bik/1677663246.html - 2004 Cannondale Gemini (has 2004 Boxxer World Cup, willing to do $750 maybe a little lower)
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/1676183543.html - 2005 DB XTS Moto ($850, may be flexible)
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/1677869156.html - 2005 DB XTS Moto ($850, may be flexible)
    And the last bike (this is an email from the seller)
    I have a Raleigh Ram XT3500 that is a 2006 model and it was bought from a Raleigh employee for one season. I went through the bike and replaced all the pivot bearings and a new FSA bottom bracket last year. Also I ditched the crappy Hayes disk brakes and went with brand new Shimano hydraulic brakes with new 8" rotors. It has a 2007 Rock Shox world cup that was just rebuilt last season by Fluid Ride in Seattle. I took off the stickers as they were pretty scraped up. It is fitted with a Manitou 6-way swinger with 7" of travel. I updgraded the bashgaurd and chain guide to an E-thirteen and also converted it to a single ring front with a new SRAM rear shifter. It also has Synchros Stainless mental pedals. This bike is solid and has no sag or pivot give. I am looking for 1000.00 dollars firm as most of the parts are brand new from last season.

    So out of these, what do you think are good deals? I'm looking for a bike that is going to be somewhat versatile. I want something that will be good for hucking and downhill riding.

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    I don't know much about DH bikes - you might get some better answers from the DH forum.

    I got burned on a craigslist purchase, so I always advise caution when picking out used bikes. Taking it to a bike shop before buying should help though. Good luck!

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    Yep, I did too actually. Bought a HT in the dark and was really careless about it, that was a $350 mistake. But I learned from it and I'm definitely not taking chances this time around!

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    Don't know dh bikes either. I would go check out as many as you can. They may be older but maby they were hardly ridden, or beat to $h!t. Who knows. I got some killer deals on craigslist but sometimes they take a while to come around, and gotta drive 100mi or more. I would look around for a few before jumping on anything yet.

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    Yea that is probably some good advice. I've got all this money in my hand and I'm ready to buy a bike NOW, and that's what happened last time and I ended up buying a bike that wasn't nearly as good a deal as I could have got.

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    Nothing like money burning a hole in your pocket. I know the feeling. I was there a couple weeks ago. Makes it hard to sleep at times! LOL!

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    Can we seriously stop using the term "pull the trigger?" WTF is so appealing about this overused phrase?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwampDonkeyDisco
    Can we seriously stop using the term "pull the trigger?" WTF is so appealing about this overused phrase?
    yeah that "phrase" pisses me off already
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    Haha sorry, one of my roommates uses it a lot and I guess I picked it up from him.

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