BUYER’S GUIDE 2015
HOW TO NAVIGATE
THE BIKE SHOP
Making sure nothing is lost in translation
You couldn’t imagine spending $1000
on a bike.
What to ask: “Could you show me
26-inch-wheeled aluminum hardtails
for around $500?” Don’t worry about
drivetrains, because at this price, it will be
a 3x9. Don’t look at dual suspension at this
You are serious about mountain biking
and are willing to spend up to $1900,
because that’s how bike companies seem
to price their bikes.
What to ask: “Could you show me 29-
and 27.5-inch-wheeled aluminum hardtails
priced between $1000 and $1900 that
have either 2x10 or 3x10 drivetrains?”
Feeling a little confused and overwhelmed by all the wheel sizes, drivetrains and color choices? Let’s strip it down to the basics and make this super simple. Find the rider description that best fits who you are, walk into the local bike shop stocked to the
rafters with new mountain bikes, and ask the question just as we’ve spelled it out for you.
Armed with our simple cheat sheet, you can march into any bike shop and speak the
language that will get you the bike of your dreams.