How To Buy A Mountain Bike | Choosing The Right Bike

How To Buy A Mountain Bike | Choosing The Right Bike

It’s new bike day! Maybe it’s time for an upgrade or this might be your first mountain bike. Either way, buying a new MTB should be a fun experience, Henry and Neil have a few tips that will ensure you roll away on the bike of your dreams🤘

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Make sure the bike you buy will suit the sort of riding you do most often, this might be a hardtail or a full suspension bike. Try different sizes to see which you feel most comfortable on, and budget for extras such as a helmet and knee pads.

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  1. Daniel Hanson on July 22, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I have 2 bike shops in my city , One sells crappy bikes and fixer uppers and the other sells quality bikes but are bike snobs to the max , If you buy anything less than 4 to 5 thousand dollars they make you feel like shit about it , I bought my first bike in about 18 years last summer and only spent about $2000 on it because I wasn’t yet sure biking was my thing and the owner of the shop literally called it a cheap crappy bike right in front of me , I had just paid for it and was feeling pretty good and that one comment soiled my whole mood , I will never shop there again…..On line only from now on 🙁

  2. MTB Shredder on July 22, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Ibis Ripley Or Fezzari Signal Peak, I live in Utah and Fezzari is 20 minutes away from me but I’m in the 120-130 mm game with XC background but wanting to get into more aggressive riding but not too aggressive

  3. sv650Sftw on July 22, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Depending on the shop and how often you bring your bike in for repairs, you can save A LOT of money buying locally vs online. I have a friend who bought a bike online, and he crashes quite a bit. He takes his bike to the local shop and pays for repairs on a regular basis… meanwhile, I get most of those services for free (not including parts, of coarse) because I bought me bike there.

    P.S., Fellow 5’10” guys: The struggle is real (Medium or Large?). Solution: I just bought a Trek because they have a M/L size.

  4. Global Mountain Bike Network on July 22, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Where are you planning to buy your next bike?

  5. Callum Sumsion on July 22, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Thumbnail says "an mtb"

  6. bonzobanana1 on July 22, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    It’s not just a choice of big brand bikes from a local bike shop and direct sellers like Canyon. They might be sponsors of the channel but there are many other better options including retailers who buy their models direct from the factories, Giant who manufacture bikes in their own factory including frames and wheels rather than brands which buy frames from a real manufacturer and resell them and of course secondhand. You also need to factor in what exactly you are going to use the bike for, no point spending a fortune if its going to be a general use bike that also does light trails occasionally. Calibre bossnut is a very capable dual suspension bike that has sold for as low as £850, it could match a Cannondale for spec at somewhere between £1400-1800. Lastly try to buy in end of season sales when you can get up to 50% off in the UK. The yearly refresh of the range often offers very little extra and sometimes can be worse so makes a lot of sense. Just don’t buy the rubbish models that are left on the shelf for good reason.

  7. Lucky You on July 22, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    I always expect 10-15% of the bike if I pay with cash and use that on my pads helmet ect
    If the shop don’t do it I don’t buy a bike with them simple as
    They want my business not other way round

  8. Jacob Murphy on July 22, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    @globalmountainbikingnews does aluminium vs carbon make a difference? Worth the higher cost? Looking at yt Capra’s I’m also a bigger guy 75 inches tall and 240lbs if that maters.. thanks

  9. z.browning on July 22, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    I got a trail bike on the higher end of travel for the "trail" name, and probably should have gone with an XC bike given the terrain around me. I am finding my trail bike is a little bit overbuilt for what I do on it.

  10. Pienimusta on July 22, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Would strongly recommend getting one of those online only bikes if you know what you already want. Value for money is so much better.

    Also no bike shop will offer you 30 days to test it on your local trails. Also you will still get support and repairs from proper LBS.

  11. gotdrift8 on July 22, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Your thumbnail needs spell check

  12. Syntax 604 on July 22, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Very interesting video guys. Looking at the canyon lux but only available with grip shift in North America at the moment. Am considering just giving up and settling for the grip shift. Would be cool to see how you changed yours and compare the two types of shifters. Is grip shift really that bad? Or has it been executed well on this bike? So many questions about the different models of lux. Canyon certainly don’t make it easy to decide.

  13. lazo marsh on July 22, 2019 at 10:36 pm


  14. Nick Andrews on July 22, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Not sure what I’m doing here but I decided to buy my first MTB and went with a used $80 Diamondback Outlook on Craigslist. Probably got ripped off given the condition it was in, but after a few sessions of cleaning, de-rusting, de-greasing and a fresh application of dry lube… it’s all the bike I need! Enjoying the local urban trails near me.

  15. Lucky You on July 22, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Wish more bike shops sold frames and better prices on them as well
    I can see bike shop numbers dwindling in years to come with more people buying from online retailers at better prices and spec and only a few more used shops staying open

  16. Matthieu Lay on July 22, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    hi just a question about polygon bikes do think they are good or are there better options

  17. evan mckill on July 22, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    I love the grammar on the thumbnail guys! Nice video though!

  18. Monte Maguire on July 22, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    I just pay in Cash because Cash is King .

  19. Bruce Lee on July 22, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    I was like this when I bought my first proper bike, wanted the best bike for my budget. I’m really a size small or X small but there was one in medium for cheap well £750 where normal £1200 so brought it. Worst decision… Didn’t fit well so cannot get confirmable. Bike shop did say they would recommend a small frame but I went against them. Listen for the wise. Buy the correct size for you! End of! Doesn’t matter how good of a deal you’re getting fit is everything

  20. Ken Drew on July 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    You have very little content on folding bikes which are more practical for people living in urban area. There also a wide variety of them like the carbon fiber foldies with 21sp group sets by Java Bikes and Sava Bikes. Sava can be ordered on ebay. Can you do a series on the EAST VS WEST brands of folding bikes and put them to the test for various riding situations? Sava and Java VS Dahon (USA), Birdy (USA) and Brompton (UK)?

  21. ocelot on July 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Is Cannondale habit a good bike?

  22. Simon vB on July 22, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    I like the new dude. Does a good job.

  23. Richard Bainbridge on July 22, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Only had my bike a couple of months, crazy but actually bought one related to my age and kind of riding I’ll be doing. Plan is then to upgrade and learn about components or buy a higher spec one in a year or two.
    The amount of blokes my age riding full suspension, pricey models and only riding it along the side of a canal.

  24. Wahid arab on July 22, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Can you recommend me im 175mm and the frame i would like to buy has 420mm seat tube length it is right or notm

  25. Thomas Connolly on July 22, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    I clicked on this video purely to point out the fact that the thumbnail says ‘an mtb’ smh

  26. JoshPape Papesta on July 22, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Take what you need and move on dont be brainwashed about everything unless you want to wear that sheep fleece your whole life. If you dontknow what i mean scroll on.

  27. fortnite Daily on July 22, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    The thumbnail is “how to buy an MTB” lol 😂

  28. Curtis Flat Reality on July 22, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Cool video guys! Wish I paid more attention on step #2 😕 buy a bike that’s the right size for ya!😂

  29. The Mtb Master on July 22, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Looking at a merida 120 400 should i get it
    I have a shite hardtail thats meant for beginners and im ok 👌

  30. bringingtherukas on July 22, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    My Rant about buying a bike. (tl:dr)
    1. Pick the right time of the year, In Aus, where i am from winter (april -sept) is the right time, sales slow and new models are coming out so its easier to get a bargin. Nov and Dec are the worst times as most shops are flat out with the chrstmas rush
    2. Choose the right shop, if there are 50 road bike and only a few MTB maybe find a different shop, you will probably get a better built bike and they will be able to offer better advice and service, Maybe find the shop that sponsors your local MTB club
    3. Dont get caught up in the Hype, Just because all the top pros are running 31 inch wheels and 40 speeds doesnt mean the you will get any benefit from them.
    4. Consider a bike thats a lower spec and is not "top of the range", that is model 2,3 or 4, do you really need that $400 top of the range aerodynamic lightweight gold plated seat, the money you save can be used to buy some upgrades or 2nd set of tyres and track pump.
    5. Know what you shouldn’t compromise on, like wheels and cranks, cheap ones wont last long, breaking these will be dangerous and expensive and probably ruin your day.
    6. Ride the Demo bikes on a decent ride, Most good shops will have a couple of bikes that you can test out, you will be surprised how much different a bike feels on an actual track than in the carpark of the store.
    7. If your an average/casual rider who wants a bike to last more than a couple of years seriously consider ease of use of parts eg Mechanical disc brakes, Hydraulics will be more hassle than benefit with leaking and servicing requiring special tools not to mention putting it in/out of a car
    8. Buy a 2nd set of tires for rides around town or on cycleways. A good set of Semi slicks will make your rides in these areas so much more enjoyable and save your knobbles for grip in the dirt. With practice (and tubes) you should be able to change tires in less than 5 mins.
    9. Go and have fun on your new bike.

  31. Stefan Edlund on July 22, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    I know a good onlineshop that ships worldwide. I live in Sweden and when I bike most I ordered all from cablewire to complete bike from crc. chainreactioncycles in Ireland. Really good prices and fast delivery! google it!

  32. JustinBieber on July 22, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Fuckin 4 grand. Ya sure, just let me save up for 10 years

  33. Pregardt on July 22, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Buy second hand! You can get some gems there. I got my Polygon T8 like that

  34. Afleet Alex on July 22, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    "Maybe a lock."


  35. damanik alfiano on July 22, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Buying a new mountain bike really is the most fun and exciting feeling

  36. colemonts andy on July 22, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Im 6.168

  37. lazo marsh on July 22, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Bike shop

  38. Sarah Gilbert on July 22, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    I rode mountain bikes most of my life, only recently I realized bmx was my calling. There maybe more like me out there!

  39. Paul griffith on July 22, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    I just bought a 2019 marlin 5 and I regret it completely. I was told it was as good as it gets for components at that price. What a joke. My last bike that i found in an ally with flat tires rode better than this marlin 5. Noisy as all hell, the coil shock bounces me around, the rear derailleur is a "tourney" and has 0 stiffness and bounces up into the freewheel teeth.
    It was my fault for being a noob.. But i guess you have to start somewhere. The matching helmet i haggled to half price is pretty slick tho.

  40. z.browning on July 22, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    I wouldn’t feel comfortable bringing a bike I bought online into my local shop. I know a lot of their margin is from parts, service, and accessories, but it just feels wrong to bring in something I bought online. I can do a lot of maintenance and repairs myself, but there are some things you need a shop for, and I personally would feel scummy bringing in an online-bought bike in to my LBS.

  41. I Love Conversation on July 22, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    If you go to a local or distant bike shop prepare yourself to pay a large chunk of cash. I will never buy from a bike shop again because they overprice thier bikes every year. If you wanna save big and actually "Get what you pay for," try direct-to-consumer online bike Shopify companies … There are plenty to choose from that offer crazy good deals. Bike shops are for maintenance. Period.

  42. Danny Leche Man on July 22, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Step 1: Watch IHFT

  43. Roger Hu on July 22, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    One that your wife won’t beat you over

  44. lee nevin on July 22, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Fuck off Americans

  45. Radsor Alesso on July 22, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    I’m 174cm, is 29er good for me?

  46. Alvaro Q.F on July 22, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Yeah, OK. Now, tell me why a full-suspension Canyon Lux costs 1500€ (Edit: 1700€) less than the new Trek Top Fuel and the Canyon has much much better components worth nearly 1000€ more than the the ones on the Trek. Then tell me to go to a local bike shop and buy a bike while they laugh at me.

  47. Stuart Armstrong on July 22, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    great video guys, you brought up a great point about the dropper post as i bought a vitus escarpe in a size large and it came with a 150mm dropper post but because of the seat tube length its to big for me so i had to invest in a 125mm dropper before i was able to ride it comfortably, since installing that bike fits like a glove. wish i had understood more at the time but making this mistake has made me understand a lot more about how the numbers effect the bike i want to ride and the components that i want to put on it

  48. Dumpster Diver on July 22, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Guys what do yall think about the gt avalache sport 2019

  49. DINO IDEAS on July 22, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    just buy a dirt jump bike.. you won’t be dissapointed

  50. Kenneth Kwok on July 22, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    i’m 5ft5" about 167cm, what kinda reach should I be looking at?