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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    Thoughts on this deal?

    I honestly have no idea if this is a good deal or not. Bike is probably 10 years old. Seems pretty cheap though. Any opinions?

    http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/bik/1678956477.html

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    It doesn't seem like a worthwhile purchase to me. It's old, and probably heavier than you want. I'd look for hardtail.

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    Don't do it. Suspension technology's come a long, long way since then. If you're going to buy a used duallie, look for something made since 2005-2006.
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    When you're not paid to ride.

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