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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    Like most of the fork manufacturers, Suntour does everything from really low end forks to some serious competition forks.

    Whether their competition forks are a match for the big names is a different debate. But they do exist.

    The problem is that only the budget forks show up on bikes in the US. I think part of that is that Fox and RockShox are smart enough not to offer a product that low on the totem pole. It would dilute their brand image too much. Although some of the old RS forks make me wonder how front suspension took off. Maybe 'cuz they paid people to use them?

    I'm curious enough that if it didn't cost me anything, I'd at least try some of the high-end Suntour stuff.
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    Oh, how about the ol' "Chipped the paint on my Mountain Bike. Frame should be warranty replaced".
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    If I get a carbon bike, how many miles can I put on it and still be safe?



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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    In what world is N+1 non-linear? I believe the standard acceptable version says that the minimum number of bikes to own is 3 with no maximum.
    N+1 is just a way of saying "one plus some "N" quantity" or "one more than the last quantity"...in some cases, this modifier can be made an exponent, creating a non-linear function.

    But let's keep it linear: So the sum total (E) of all possible bikes: (E) 3*(N+1)

    Where 3 is the minimum needed quantity, and N can be any non-negative number.

    Sorry, inner geek trying to get out after a week away from engineering school

    Also, I'll post a vid or something of my suntour fork flexing when I've got my bike back...might be a while.

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    Don't continue a discussion on your thread that's developed a little differently from your original question, start a new thread. Preferably in another forum. Ask everyone on the old thread to follow you to the new thread.

    Want to get answers fast?

    Make sure to cross-post.

    Cyclocross questions?

    Be sure to post to both the MTBR forum and the RBR forum.
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    Been riding and working on your bikes for a few years, with a specific question about a minor distinction in two cross-compatible maintenance parts?

    Yeah. Beginners' Corner is definitely the right place to post it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Like most of the fork manufacturers, Suntour does everything from really low end forks to some serious competition forks.

    Whether their competition forks are a match for the big names is a different debate. But they do exist.

    The problem is that only the budget forks show up on bikes in the US. I think part of that is that Fox and RockShox are smart enough not to offer a product that low on the totem pole. It would dilute their brand image too much. Although some of the old RS forks make me wonder how front suspension took off. Maybe 'cuz they paid people to use them?

    I'm curious enough that if it didn't cost me anything, I'd at least try some of the high-end Suntour stuff.
    As always wise words.

    The Suntour rep posted this reply to a thread. Got me thinking.

    Why don't you offer to do a review of a higher end fork for them?

    I mean Andrew not Bad Cat BTW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSC View Post
    N+1 is just a way of saying "one plus some "N" quantity" or "one more than the last quantity"...in some cases, this modifier can be made an exponent, creating a non-linear function.

    But let's keep it linear: So the sum total (E) of all possible bikes: (E) 3*(N+1)

    Where 3 is the minimum needed quantity, and N can be any non-negative number.

    Sorry, inner geek trying to get out after a week away from engineering school

    Also, I'll post a vid or something of my suntour fork flexing when I've got my bike back...might be a while.
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