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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    First Build: Voodoo Bizango, what components are best for me?

    Hi, this is my first post here etc etc.

    I just purchased a Voodoo Bizango Frame (853 Reynolds) and I have never built a bike from the frame up before. I have two older brothers who will be helping me but I'd like some outside opinions and input. I know very little about components, I guess you could say that all I really know is that as far as the shimano line up there's lx, then xt, then xtr being the best. Well I don't really care what brand something is as long as it gets the job done, and gets it done good. So sram, raceface, whatever, I just want the best I can get for a decent price. I was thinking no more than 100-130 on the crank set, and no more than 70-100 on the rear derailleur, used IS an option.

    Here's what the bike will be used for: I'm 5'8 138-143lbs, the bike is 18.5. I live out in San Diego, CA near mission trails and will probably go out to Big Bear from time to time and Mexico. I do have alot of riding experience from when I was like 10-15 (21 now) in bmx (mongoose decade pro) and a Balance hard tail with lx components but that's about it. Other than some racing, and fast trail riding, I'd also like to get into some "trials/urban assault" type riding. So that means lots of bunny hopping, pedal kicking, drops, and maybe one day some one wheel hopping! My brothers have supplied me with wheels, pedals, seat, stem, bar, and brakes. So all I'm really needing an education on is derailleurs and a crankset, but don't mind learning more about the rest of the bike!








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    Like you pointed out it's kind what you want, you mentioned all very good name brands. For the drivetrain i personally like Shimano XT, very good quality for the $, they shift very good & if they get destroyed for any reason replacement is reasonable. Cranks i have had good success with RaceFace. Check your LBS they sometimes have components that a customer had replaced for a higher priced model on there new bike purchase, i get alot of stuff that way.

    http://www.pricepoint.com/
    http://www.jensonusa.com/

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    http://www.parktool.com/repair/bikemap.asp
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/

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