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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    73mm x ??? bottom bracket

    I have a new frame that accepts a 73mm bottom bracket. While I'm building this bike up I want to transfer some of the older components from my first bike to this one to save on costs for the time being.

    I'm transferring a Shimano Acera crankset purchased about 10 years ago. The old bike had a 68mm bottom bracket so unfortunately the BB won't transfer over. I want to buy a bottom bracket that will fit into this new frame and still allow me to use my old crankset.

    My question is: how do I determine what the second digit in the bottom bracket specs should be? It looks like I might have a choice of 73/110 or 73/113. BTW it's a mountain frame and the crankset has 3 chainrings up front.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but the second(longer) number is the spindle length. That is what your crank arms attach to. As for the length well it depends on the chchainline and that depends on the mfr's specs. A "mountain frame" is generic and you need to be specific. Who is the manufacturer?

    Oh if you buy the wrong length it not only will shift improperly it's likely to wear out your drivetrain prematurely.

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