Ten Tips For
Every New Buyer
A no-crash course
1. Read our tests.
We pack a great deal of information into our bike tests.
Even if you are not interested in the bike being tested, you
can gain valuable information on components and bike
usage by reading the test.
Trust MBA: If someone claims our advice is misguided, be wary.
We are in a unique position that gives us a leg up on most
Racing bias: Racers get paid to ride the bikes and the equipment
they use, so there is a built-in bias to their recommendation. Don’t
believe us? Wait until they switch teams and switch loyalties.
2. Don’t trust the blogs.
Message boards and blogs are very entertaining. Trouble is,
there is misinformation out there, and industry insiders pushing their products may post much of the info anonymously.
3. Demo ride.
Check bike companies’ websites for the location of their
demo fleet and go try them. Nothing beats seat-of-the-pants
buying decisions. Do your best to demo a 27er this year.
You’ll understand why we like them.
Demo-li-tion: Once you have narrowed your search for a new
bike, find out if their demo fleet is making an appearance near you,
or at a destination you want to ride. The proof is in the pudding.