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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    What is an Internal Gear Hub???

    Ok, I've searched the web and this forum for the answer I want but can't find anything...I'm relatively new to off road biking but I've been a serious roadie for years...so...be gentle...

    In the next few months I'll be building up a Surly Troll to meet my off road needs...(it will never seriously touch the road by the way)...

    During my component research I ran across something called an "Internal Gear Hub"...I have absolutely no idea what these are AND how they function on off road bikes...can someone take a little time to explain what they are, how the operate on a bike, and what their advantages would be?

    I literally have no idea what these are...

    Thanks!!

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