1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    '06 IronHorse Maverick Comp Questions

    I just purchased a 17.5" '06 Maverick Comp bike and have some general questions about the bike. I just received and assembled the bike yesterday.

    1) I know the bike has front and rear disc brakes, but they do not seem to be as aggressive at stopping as the Specialized Brand bike that a friend has that does not have disc brakes. Should disc brakes be as good at "quick" stopping as the other type of brakes? On his specialized bike, when he applies the front brake, it will nearly flip you off the bike if not careful. On my IronHorse '06 Maverick Comp bike, when you apply the brakes it brings you to a slow stop, but not an instant stop. Is this normal?

    2) The Front suspension on the bike only has the ability to adjust the left side of the fork. Does this mean that there is only 1 suspension spring in the bike, and does this even really matter for on road/med-light offroad use?

    I did take the bike out and do some small (2-3 ft.) jumps yesterday and everything seemed fine. I think I'm just going to take the bike to a local bike shop and let them check it out and make sure I have everything assembled and put togather correctly. Let me know if you have any tips on new bike setup.

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    Did you adjust the brakes?
    Out of the box your new brakes will probably need adjusting as well as require a break in period.

    This might help with some of your questions now and in the future.

    http://sheldonbrown.com/home.html

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