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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    Captain Climber
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    Entry level bike: This should be your first upgrade


    That is if you have disk brakes. My entry level bike has cheap hydros on it and I have fought with them from the beginning. I've always followed the directions to center the pads but it still have rubbing. I've used a crescent wrench to bend them straight but that doesn't last long and they are rubbing again. When I built my new wheels and was transferring the rotor from the old wheel to the new one I stripped a bolt... Thank goodness for that because I ordered a new rotor and it was magic. I again, went through the procedure to center the pads and guess what, no rubbing! And there is still no rubbing. This bike flies now compared to when it had the cheap warped rotors on it. I was wasting so much energy fighting my rotors every ride. The good thing about this upgrade is it is pretty inexpensive too.

    Even though I still have cheap hydros on the bike they work great now that I have good, straight rotors.

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    The Fastest of Bananas
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    There is a 13 page thread on this somewhere. You got it in one post.

    Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk

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    Trying not to kill myself
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    With the added bonus that good rotors often eliminate squealing and turkey gobble sounds.

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