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 on this FS bike?

    A guy I know just got a 2005 Jamis Dakar Sport, but it's too big for him. It's stand-over height is 30.94" and my inseam is 32". I'm 5'11" 215lbs (but losing some more weight, ideal weight is 200-205lbs) and a beginner rider. For right now, I will probably stick to trails and perhaps graduate to doing more downhill stuff next year seeing as my ski pass gets me free access to the lifts.

    He said he'd sell it to me for $625 shipped, which is a little more than I want to spend, but it is a FS bike. Is that reasonable price or even a decent bike for me or my ability? Do you think I can work him down? He said he worked at a bike shop and got it off of clearance at a good price.

    Here are some specs...
    -Manitou Splice Fork adjustable from 100 to 130mm.
    -Fox Float rear shock
    -Deore shifters/drivetrain
    -Avid BB5 disc brakes
    -Fire X crank.

    Thanks.

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    shocks, pegs... lucky!
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    through a quick search this is what i've found:
    http://www.bicycleblowout.com/Bikes/JamisDakarSpt.htm
    The kids love spinning their wheels... it's the best ;-)

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    shocks, pegs... lucky!
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    doesnt hurt to try to talk him down
    The kids love spinning their wheels... it's the best ;-)

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    Any opinions on the bike?

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    Thats a good price if it was from a shop or "authorized" kind of place..

    I would pay like 500 if its from "some guy"
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