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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    crankset / bb instalation

    I dont know much about the newer bottom bracket systems, if anything. I'm still rocking the ISIS bb but i'd like to get a new setup like this: http://www.blueskycycling.com/produc...d-Crankset.htm

    how do those work and do i need any special tools for the install?

    thanks

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    You'll need the bearing cup wrench and some Allen keys. There's an informative article on the whole procedure here:

    http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=95
    My Cannondale Lefty keeps failing....

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