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.
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    Trek fuel EX8 frame blemish. Good or bad?

    I have a 2008 Trek fuel ex8 with a 1/2 in. scratch/gouge on the left chain stay about 2 inches from where the axle is. its down to bare metal, and I can see a couple of scratch lines in the aluminum. It didnt go through, but do you think that it could crack or something? Its not dented, and its not a place that will dent under pressure. I could try and post a pic, but what do you think?
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    id post a pic and let people look at it, how did it happen? did you buy the bike with the scratch?

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    I seriously doubt you have anything to worry about. Cracks in the frame are usually caused by fatigue at high stress points: where the tubes meet/weld areas. Because Aluminum is a fairly soft metal, scratches are inevitable when you ride (unless you ride in a pillow store). Unless the scratch is significant (more than 1/32" deep) I'd just get some touch-up paint (optional) and keep on riding!
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    I really doubt the scratch is 1/32 in deep, but you can see the indent. Its actually only a quarter inch.I bought it w/ the scratch knowing the size etc. The bike was 1600 w/ some nice upgrades too, so Im not stressing it.

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