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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    Bike feels too small

    Ok so I got a steal of a deal on an old 2001 fs, it had never been ridden and I jumped on the price, however I don't feel so comfortable on it (its a medium and I am 5-8 so it sould be great, but the larges just feel better, so is there anyway I can make the bike feel longer, or is it better to have it be short and more agile. It is so funny how much difference an inch can make

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    First, you could try putting the saddle further back on it's rails. Then if that doesn't work, a longer stem would be the solution.

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    Also: Check if you have the seat high enough and/or a lower bar would make a difference. In essence, the bike frame could be the right size but you simply haven't set it up in the optimal way.
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    To add one more thing to the list of things already mentioned, you can try playing with the spacers under your stem. By putting them on top of the stem instead of under it.

    All just different things to play with in order to customize your bikes fit.

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    Spec raises a good point - but just make sure you know how to put it back together properly - headsets are easy to bust if you dont preload them enough (you can tell if its not preloaded enough if it rattles)

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    thanks for the advice guys, i found out that the local lbs is a specialized dealer and when I went in they were really excited to see my old bike, it looks brand new but is 8 years old. Their fit specialist comes in tomorrow and they have a bunch of old stems they will trade me for my new one all for free, and their doing a full tune up for 50 bucks(I am in the military but in a non-military area, so people still appericate service members).

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