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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    basic rear spring question

    Hey guys can some one explain how to read spring specs.
    I know there are tons of variation out there

    Example
    Manitou rear coil spring, 2.25S x 550#
    what dose 2.25s mean and 550# mean
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    2.25 is the stroke(length the shock actually travels, not the wheel travel) unless I am mistaken. 550# means 550lbs spring.

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