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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  1. #1
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    buying a new bike

    hello everyone..I am about to buy a new bike.I have deffinatley decided to go with cannondale.
    so if anyone has any experience,some help is welcome..
    I was wondering what does the SL marking stand for,and also what is the difference between xc hardtrail and xc racing.since they are all out of 2007 models (caffeine 4 sl to be precise), I am getting 2008 model F2.It has caffeine frame and fatty fork.any opinions on that bike?
    all help is welcome!
    peace

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    SL usualy stand for super light but it's just 2 letters. The rest of that crap is marketing as well.

    My gripe with cannondale is that you are stuck with thier fork. They make a good fork but I'm turned off by the fact that your stuck with it.

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