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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    Yet another guy looking for first bike help

    I have looked around the forums as much as I could trying to take in as much info as possible before asking for advice, so here it goes.

    I live in downtown Chicago and I'm planning on buying a bike that I can hit the trails near by on my days off (There isn't much in terms of overly technical trails, and a lot of up and down). I also want this bike to be capable of the bike parks in the UP and lower michigan where I would like to hit the free ride features and take on the technical trails that they have. I basically need something to fill the void left by the lack of skiing in the summer.

    Here is the fun part, I have a hookup at Marin Bikes, where I can get a bike at or close to wholesale. I am looking to spend as little as possible for the bike that best suits my needs.

    If this bike can take the level of riding that I am interested in, I would be happy:
    MARIN BIKES**|** Mountain FRS**|**FRS XC 120 **|**East Peak 5.5

    If totally necessary I would look into this bike, but I already know it will cost more than I want to spend:
    MARIN BIKES**|** Mountain FRS**|**Quad XM 140 **|**Mount Vision XM6

    I thought at first that I wanted to get into downhill, but from what I gathered, it seems that I'm looking for a bike that I can ride trails aggressively on and get just a little bit of air on when called for.

    If it matters I'm about 175lbs

    Thanks for the help.

    EDIT: I also would be open to upgrading over time if necessary (e.g. a fork with more travel)

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    The 5.6 is mostly suited for lighter XC with a little bit of technical put in. The East Peak 5.6 has a much better component set but is still set up for XC/Trail riding.
    The XM bikes are much more suited to freeride/all mountain use.

    I have not rode the new quad link 3.0 suspension design yet, but I can tell you that the old 2.0 design was one of the best FS designs I have ridden.

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    thanks for the help. So, you think the XM would be a solid start for what I'm trying to accomplish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by actin View Post
    thanks for the help. So, you think the XM would be a solid start for what I'm trying to accomplish?
    Yes

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    You really want two bikes. Start with either one and figure out what you do most of.
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    XM is park ready. A 29er or the XC would be great for the local trails but not for the air. You can however ride the XM in both types of terrain it will just be over kill for the local rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmac View Post
    You really want two bikes. Start with either one and figure out what you do most of.
    I guess I made it look that way. I was trying to decide between the 2. It looks like I'll have to drop the money on the XM.

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    You dont necessarily need the XM, but the geometry is more set up for descending, it has more travel, and it will make it much easier to go fast while going down.

    The East Peak 5.6 is a very capable bike and will be great for XC/Trail riding. You will also be able to ride some steeper more technical terrain, but it will require more rider skill.

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