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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    Does stanchion size affect head angle when all else is equal?

    On the geometry spec-sheet Yeti lists different head angles for the 32 and 34 stanchion forks at the same length. Specifically they state that a 32 stanchion 150mm travel fork results in a 67 degree head angle while a 34 stanchion 150mm travel fork results in a 66.7 degree angle...

    What gives?...

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    a to c is different

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan GSR View Post
    a to c is different
    Right! ...because different forks use different crowns, which affects the axle to crown distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shibiwan View Post
    Right! ...because different forks use different crowns, which affects the axle to crown distance.
    Which means 34 has an A-C that is about 5mm longer.

    ninjo, the difference is not directly because of the larger diameter stanchions but other design differences.
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