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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    New question here. Specialised Hardrock Sport vs Scott Aspect 50

    Hi,

    I am currently looking at getting a starter bike for trail riding and some single track cross-country trails, nothing too technical. I am looking for a good basic bike that will be reliable. In the price range I am looking, a Specialised Hardrock Sport and a Scott Aspect 50 appear to be my best choices. I know Specialised has good components and has a good rep. I don't know much about Scott bikes. Another consideration is that I will want to sell my bike in a year's time when we move, and want something with good resale value that people will want.

    Any options or advice? Are there other bikes that would be worth looking at?

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    Specialized Hardrock is a nice bike and even nicer with the disc brakes. Why sell it when you move? Take it with you. Don't know about Scott bikes.
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