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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    Terrago or What?

    Newby here going to purchase my first new bike for 18 years, wanting a mid-range XC. Got my eye on a Giant Terrago. Does anyone have any other alternatives I should be looking at my budget is 400. Slightly worried about the forks on the Terrago, and would sacrifice the hydraulic breaks for cable discs and better forks.
    Please help!

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    Look at the Trek 4500 or 6700

    David
    I am selling an 08 Recon 351 for sale. PM if interested. 7-1/2'' Steerer Tube

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