Buying A Bike | The Complete Guide To Buying An MTB

Buying A Bike | The Complete Guide To Buying An MTB

What bike should you buy? Doddy explains the key differences between Cross Country (XC), Trail, All-Mountain / Enduro and Downhill (DH) and tells you what to look out for.
Buying a bike is a big decision. Get it right with our buyer’s guide. In this video, we take you through the key differences between bikes and explain the things that you should be looking out for when you make this important purchase. Details such as wheel size (27.5″ or 29″)? Full suspension or hardtail? Frame size? Demo Days? Online or the local bike shop?

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50 Comments

  1. Dorel Gradinaru on October 5, 2020 at 3:45 am

    Can somebody recomend a good trail bike for 1250 euro budget?Thanks.



  2. Robert Mc on October 5, 2020 at 3:46 am

    1:20 XC Bikes a.k.a. Cross Country Bikes
    1:55 Trail Bikes
    2:31 All-Mountain Bikes
    3:35 Downhill Bikes
    4:18 Breaking the Mold
    4:46 Wheel Sizes
    6:15 Hardtail or Full Suspension
    7:19 What Size?
    9:20 Demo Days
    12:23 Budget
    14:26 Asking Other Riders
    15:40 Online or Bike Shop?
    17:51 Bike Shop
    20:44 Cycle to Work



  3. Michael Zak on October 5, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Be careful about the ride to work scam, the bike is more of a lease than financed purchase, its not cheaper and at the end of the term you either return the bike to the loan company or you will have the option to buy it out right which on a £1000 bike is about £350, so calculate how much you have paid plus that end surcharge and theirs you true figure.

    My friend was going to do this and after reading through the terms it worked out a £1000 bike would cost you £60 a month for 12 months which is £720, good deal but the buy out at the end of the agreement is £350 so the total £1070, so not cheaper at all.



  4. Robert Norton on October 5, 2020 at 3:48 am

    Best presenter in @GMBN



  5. Rich Tomlinson on October 5, 2020 at 3:48 am

    Great summary. Looking to upgrade the Bossnut. This was helpful info 👍🏻



  6. gork4 on October 5, 2020 at 3:48 am

    I don’t really go much to my local bike shop because I can only see there XC bikes that I’m not interested on. I’m actually interested on buying online a base capra or a commencal clash origin online. Can bikeshops order a bike that they didn’t originally have for me, so they can help me out setting it up? Or do I have to choose from their selection of bikes? (I’m also womdering if they can order a bike from a company so I can demo it, but I don’t think its really possible)



  7. John Reese on October 5, 2020 at 3:48 am

    Just the information I was looking for! Thanks!



  8. Bobocean342 on October 5, 2020 at 3:48 am

    The only problem is there’s no bike left to buy



  9. krfrench55 on October 5, 2020 at 3:49 am

    Finally!! A comprehensive video to simply things for people new to the hobby at the entry level price point. Thanks!!



  10. Hail_ Kraidoz on October 5, 2020 at 3:53 am

    ahhhh yes, cool chad



  11. justin walters on October 5, 2020 at 3:53 am

    thanks I pre ordered a Norco fluid 1 ht 29 2021 model and was thinking did I make the right choice and after watching this video HELL YEAH I DID great video GMBN keep them coming



  12. Jorge Silva on October 5, 2020 at 3:55 am

    Really nice (and clarifying) video!!!
    I only have one question:
    why all these big bike brands have their bikes "out of stock" these days?



  13. Nev Waterson on October 5, 2020 at 3:55 am

    Re demo bikes… In my experience in NZ they always demo the highest spec’ed bike, which feels awesome, but usually not in most peoples price range. And if you want to compare to their cheaper models it’s frustrating.



  14. Tank Tang ke on October 5, 2020 at 3:56 am

    In my country, we are mostly urban, very little Parks and mostly buildings so mountain bikes is not so popular over here but the good thing is there always in stock for mountain parts/bike



  15. Clint Rhodes on October 5, 2020 at 3:56 am

    no one around here has bikes and ETA is April next year 🙁



  16. kwlambright on October 5, 2020 at 3:57 am

    An update now. The marlin 6 I ordered was told two more months so I upgraded to the marlin 7 as the upgrades I was already planning were on the marlin 7 or close enough where when it gets here it’s done



  17. Defectiveresistor on October 5, 2020 at 3:59 am

    My last bike was a Gemini DH back in 2005, would love to get back into biking, but my nads are not as brave these days.



  18. Sandeep Jagtap on October 5, 2020 at 3:59 am

    I recently got a hard tail and learned few lessons. 1. Check front suspension and opt for air suspensions with tapered steer tube 2.Make sure you have front and back thru axel instead of quick release 3. Get a bike with Dropper post or one which you can upgrade to dropper post 4. You will upgrade handle bar, suspension, pedals, grips 5. Leave some money for accessories like helmet, lock, lights etc



  19. Pete Puebla on October 5, 2020 at 4:02 am

    This is my new favorite channel. 👍🏼



  20. Paul Seminara on October 5, 2020 at 4:03 am

    0:17 seconds in the guy is at the very least, quite dated…………there is NO supply of bikes. None.



  21. roger floyd on October 5, 2020 at 4:03 am

    Do not support your lbs



  22. Peachy PM on October 5, 2020 at 4:09 am

    Doddy, great piece as usual… quick question… Any chance on maybe doing a RetroMod special? Where you suggest modern upgrades to older 26” frames? Sort of just for fun, but also so people who still have old school cool bikes can make them a little more capable of handling modern trail centres….



  23. Sunny Hu on October 5, 2020 at 4:11 am

    I like your video. You are a good teacher. I like listening to you. Your voice sounds very genuine and natural. Very informative and make a lot of sense.



  24. Bash-Break-Repeat on October 5, 2020 at 4:13 am

    or how



  25. William Howard on October 5, 2020 at 4:13 am

    Just what I needed.



  26. Dean Morris on October 5, 2020 at 4:13 am

    Gotta wait until 2021 to find one now. I found a bike I wanted and Parcelforce UK lost it and after 48 days of waiting they never found it, a combined 40 emails back and forth to the retailer and parcelforce. Phonecalls to the claims team, ended up having to get a full refund and now I can’t find a single bike in stock… It’s rough man, at least I got the refund, and now i’m more motivated to save up for a decent full suspension thanks to this video! 🙂



  27. Bollocky Knob on October 5, 2020 at 4:13 am

    Brilliant stuff. Thank you.



  28. Виталий Мошин on October 5, 2020 at 4:14 am

    With this mustaches you look worse than Hitler



  29. Ideal1980 on October 5, 2020 at 4:15 am

    Sir, you look like a younger Ron Jeremy with that mustache on



  30. Mental Headz on October 5, 2020 at 4:18 am

    Massive thanks Doddy, watched this video and bagged myself a new toy. Gone with a Hardtail Forme Curbar 1, it was inside my budget allows me to use it on all my local tracks and enjoy riding with friends. It’s a stop gap bike as i’m returning from breaking my feet, so wanted to get something that was perfect whilst recovering. But i am stuck with what full sus to get when i’m ready to go back onto full suspension. Trail or AM is my dilemma, I’m 5,10 95kg and an aggressive rider, Wales and Peaks are my typical stomping grounds. prefer single track, but i love to ride up to enjoy the downs.



  31. Paul Aguirre on October 5, 2020 at 4:18 am

    buying a new bike btw 500-1k$ is nearly impossible in the times of covid lol…i’ve been looking for months ha



  32. In the life of Chris Reid 090 on October 5, 2020 at 4:21 am

    Really helpful thanks



  33. T-MUSTAFA 33 on October 5, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Wheels are important but I know the thicker the wheel the slower the bike



  34. Miguel on October 5, 2020 at 4:23 am

    All-Mountain / Enduro are not different ?



  35. Steve King on October 5, 2020 at 4:23 am

    Anyone here can educate me regarding getting your first mountain bike? Should I get frame fit selection first so it takes out the guess work and finding the correct frame and then try out the bikes? Many thanks!



  36. KwaPaN on October 5, 2020 at 4:24 am

    I just ordered a new 3.8 k carbon enduro bike with a 3 k budget. Gonna eat bread and noodles for the rest of the month, but thats ok.



  37. honz on October 5, 2020 at 4:24 am

    Is that a dick slap at @17:50?



  38. Mr Fluffy on October 5, 2020 at 4:28 am

    bike shops around me only have bikes that are way out of my budget and ones that are just insanly ugly.



  39. zeus lim on October 5, 2020 at 4:30 am

    How I buy a bike. Walk into store, looks at full sus , that one’s shiny I want that one.
    Literally my bike is the 2017 polygon Siskiu D7. It’s really shiny even when it’s not very clean.



  40. T-MUSTAFA 33 on October 5, 2020 at 4:30 am

    I will try to find a bike for 200 dollars if possible. And then customize it I also need lights on it cause I work at night



  41. T-MUSTAFA 33 on October 5, 2020 at 4:30 am

    Mountain bikes are great I’m on a Budget. So I need to spend responsibly



  42. Henry Wennberg on October 5, 2020 at 4:32 am

    I’m riding 20" and 26"wheels



  43. A.J. on October 5, 2020 at 4:33 am

    I have a question. If u have a bike that is designed for a limited amount of fork travel, could you get away with more travel if u downsize the rear tire. Giving the head angle more giving it more room or is that make it worse?



  44. n emo on October 5, 2020 at 4:33 am

    Good day, 163cm in height, 64kg,, what wheel sized recommended for me 29er or 27.5 please



  45. MTB Australia on October 5, 2020 at 4:33 am

    step 1: ebay



  46. idmarts1 on October 5, 2020 at 4:33 am

    Wait till the people get bored and sale their brand new bikes for cheap.



  47. sixtyinsix on October 5, 2020 at 4:33 am

    18:35 Woah, that’s some shark fin!



  48. Sej Jad on October 5, 2020 at 4:39 am

    What is the demo he said in spain called



  49. Paul Seminara on October 5, 2020 at 4:39 am

    Overall good points. Thanks!!



  50. Mafineko on October 5, 2020 at 4:39 am

    Here is my guide: Just spend about 7000 Euros on some random MTB and it will be great.