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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    9 speed cranks on 8 speed bike?

    Say I wanted to upgrade my stripped square taper BB and cranks to an isis or raceface BB and crank, could I do this on my 8 speed bike, since the more sturdy BB/crank combos are designed for 9 speed? or does it not matter at all? Thanks
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    It doesn't matter. It will be compatable.

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    what about rear derailleurs? Does bike speed matter?
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    As long as you set your high and low limit screws correctly a 9 speed derailleur will work fine with your 8 speed cassette.

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    The 9spd systems use a thiner chain and I think the chainrings are thiner. So you can use an 8spd chain on 9spd cranks and derailers. I have done just what your attempting with good results. I would not try an 8spd chain on a 9spd cassette. Thats where things get very particular. Your cassette, chain and shifters should all be the same spd.

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