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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Thread: Sizing help

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    Sizing help

    I am a 6'3 230 lb novice with 32in inseam.

    LBS has a demo 2005 Prophet 1000 for way, way cheap. Problem is, it is a Large. Others have told me that I absolutely have to ride an XL if I go with cannondale due to my size...are they right?

    I tested it out and I didn't feel like it was tiny, just maybe a little more compact than the other bikes I have tried (mostly 21in FS bikes).

    Any insight would, as always, be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stingraybass
    I am a 6'3 230 lb novice with 32in inseam.

    LBS has a demo 2005 Prophet 1000 for way, way cheap. Problem is, it is a Large. Others have told me that I absolutely have to ride an XL if I go with cannondale due to my size...are they right?

    I tested it out and I didn't feel like it was tiny, just maybe a little more compact than the other bikes I have tried (mostly 21in FS bikes).

    Any insight would, as always, be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.
    Size matters, some manufactures size their bikes differently. If you felt cramed you can try a longer stem but if you are not comfortable no deal is good. You might want to check out Garry Fisher, their Gennisis has a longer top tube that acomidates tall people better.

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