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    Just Getting Started

    I would like to get started in the MTB scene. So for starters I need a bike. I am looking to get into some rough terrain, and trails, possably adventure races in the future. My problem is I am not sure what I am looking for or where I should look and how much I should spend. Should I be looking into a full suspension or is front suspension good enough. How about gears? How many is 24 enough, I should I be looking at 27. I don't want to go crazy expensive but I do want to be enjoyable. What about brands, and where would be the best place to find the right bike for the best deal. Should I be looking at my local bike shop, or would the internet be a better deal. What if I bought everything seperate and put it together myself.
    Any help and advice would greatly appreciated so thank you in advance.

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    Dude there are so many brands out there, and everyone says there is the best. What you need to do is go into a few bike shops and BS with the sales person, don't let them tlk you into buying anything, but let them think their going to. Ride a few different bikes and find out what you like, you may find you hate full suspension, or that you'd rather go with V-brakes instead of disc. It really all boiles down to what you like. Yes you probably will find a better deal online, but you may get the bike and hate the way the frame is set up.

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    Whatever you do, if you go to some shops and demo bikes, make sure that the shop sets the sag on the bike(s) you want to demo. You can hop on an $8K Specialized Epic and if the suspension isn't set properly it will feel likes it's sprung with rubber bands. Other than that just try them till you find something that you like. If you're going to ride hard and do some racing I'd say full suspension and disc brakes are a must and make the overall bike as light as your wallet will allow.

    Mike
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