Before Buying a Mountain Bike
• Know what type of biking you want
This will set the standard of your bike as well as its price. Mountain bikes are not created equal. They are designed for a specific style and terrain. Your task is to determine which type of biking you will be doing most of the time. Are you going to ride on different terrains or smooth surface? Are you going to use your bike for serious off-roading or cross-country expedition? Knowing the answer to these questions will lead you to the bike you really need.
• What to look for...
Good bikes are comfortable, durable and feature-packed. While this may cost a lot, it is important to focus your find within these criteria. Comfort means everything. A bike with an adjustable seat and good suspension is a must. Durability is equally essential. Choose between aluminum and steel frame depending on the type of use. Features can add to the cost of the bike. You may want to choose which features are necessary. Again, "good" is always equated with price, at least for mountain bikes, so if your money doesn't match with the bike that you want, identify what features you can give up.
• Set your Price
Most mountain bikes are expensive. In fact, there is virtually no limit to how much you can spend on your bike. But this should not be the reason to quit your desire to conquer the mountain. With the right knowledge of what you want your bike to be, choosing the right bike is made easier. Just remember that with price comes quality. An $800 bike for example has more components and is more durable than a $500 one. Here, price really matters but if you are a first-time buyer, I suggest that you get a basic bike and upgrade as necessary. This way, you will not waste your money just in case you decide to hang your bike. Conversely, buying a $2000 bike is not bad as long as you can afford it. After all, with price comes functionality and features. The point is, set your price according to your needs and how much you can afford.
• Find a good dealer
Finding a good dealer is as good as finding a good bike. Although you do your research, talking to a dealer's representative can shed light on the things you want to clarify and things you still need to know about mountain bikes. Ask questions about the different types of bikes, its features, maintenance, maintenance cost and servicing. A good dealer is more than willing to assist you on these things.
• Look for a good deal
Nothing could be better than buying a bike that is worth more than its sticker price. If you want to get more than your money's worth, do your homework. Find as much information as you can on different bikes. Read product reviews. This will take time but is worth every minute. Another sure way to get a good deal, or even the best deal, is to buy during fall and winter. Dealers are willing to slash off hundreds of dollars to the bike's original price to dispose the last year's stocks and give way to their new designs in summer.
Instinct (or impulse) may tell you to buy certain bike because it looks good or the price is reasonable but I suggest that you evaluate and decide out everything that what we have discussed.
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