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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    blew out back tire on my 29er

    Can I use two different tires, any reason not too?

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    Most people do use two different tires. Even if you get the same tire, many of them are designed specifically either for the front or the back so even if you buy the same brand and model of tire, they may be different.

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    Alot folks will put a faster rolling tire on the rear since traction is less of an issue .

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    The forums and reviews are rife with examples of running brand x model y width z up front and brand a model b width c in the rear. The reasons vary, but trail conditions and riding styles seem to be the main factors.

    Need to make sure the frame can accept the width of your new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS
    Alot folks will put a faster rolling tire on the rear since traction is less of an issue .
    LOL. I do the opposite, for the same reason.

    Total personal preference/trail conditions thing, though.
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