Check out what riders are
riding on the trails you
frequent. Can 5000
riders be wrong? Are all
those smiling 29er
riders faking it?
Face the facts: We try to pack our bike tests with a lot of information. Even if it is not a brand you are looking at, reading the test
can help you choose the “right type” of bike.
4. Don’t cheap out.
Don’t limit yourself to inexpensive bikes because you are
new. Expensive bikes are lighter, easier to dial in (because
tuning is done externally) and more fun to ride. If you can
afford an expensive bike, go for it.
5. The sweet spot.
It appears that $3500 is the sweet spot for 2013 dual-suspension trailbikes. That means trailbikes within 10 percent
of this price offer the best value.
6. Good for both of you.
Don’t be surprised if the bike shop tries to bump you up
to the next price level. They are doing you a favor.
7. Location, location, location.
We can’t tell you what bike will work for your neck of
the woods without taking a ride with you. A good bike
shop is a great ally for steering you toward the best bike for
your riding destination.
8. Follow the leaders.
If there is a popular riding spot near you, visit the trailhead at 8 o’clock on Saturday or Sunday morning and look
at what the riders are riding.
9. Talk smack.
You will find most mountain bikers love talking about
their bikes. Ask a rider how long he has been a mountain
biker, how long his rides are and why he rides his particular bike.
10. Don’t ask racers.
Racers are usually sponsored and will shamelessly plug
their sponsors. Good for them; maybe not so good for you.
Bonus tip: You can trust us.
If you speak to a bike-shop employee or a rider and they
claim our advice is misguided, be very wary of this “expert.”
We get to ride a lot of bikes—more bikes than anyone at a
bike shop, in a bike company, on a race team or at your local
trailhead. This gives us a unique perspective that most other
riders never get. Take advantage of us! Our goal is to make
you a mountain biker for life. ;
Go for it: Don’t let anyone tell you it is necessary to “earn the
right to ride an expensive bike.” If you can afford it, you will
have more fun on a lighter bike with external adjustments.