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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    CrossCountry Fork

    Hey.
    I just got my bros trek 820 26". not an amazing bike but for what i do, its fine.i would like to upgrade the fork in the near future so im wondering what is good. my reason is i found a new trail which is more challenging and i bottomed out the fork twice. i know fox, rock shox, marzochi etc. are good but what models? also and most importantly it NEEDS to be UNDER $300

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    Honestly, any fork you buy will be worth more than that entire bike. Fox won't happen for less than $300 unless you go used.

    If you're intent on getting a new fork, look at a Tora. They come in various price ranges.

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    I've been using a Rock Shox TORA 318 Solo Air this summer

    Its kind of heavy but very stiff (laterally) and works great. I saw that Performance Bike has them on sale for $290 with canti-studs which I assume you will need for a Trek 820.

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    A $300 fork on a $280 bike? Financially it's a no win situation if you buy a new fork. You will never see a penny of that money back if you sell the bike but you could re-install the rst crappy fork and keep the new fork when it's time to get a new bike.

    Anyhow the Tora would be a huge upgrade. Maybe look for a Fox Float80 or 100 used on ebay, just be sure whatever fork you get has mounts for rim brakes, assuming the trek does not have disc brakes.

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