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 time building bike

    Ok i need help this is my first time building a bike i have a niner air 9 rdo what parts should i buy next Name:  10386759_705804182811465_2465463435840416564_n.jpg
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    I'd post this in the Niner section.
    You can begin by looking at the different build options Niner offers.
    Are there any components you already have or really like?
    A lot depends on how you will use it. Trail riding, racing short or long distance.

    Here's a light build--but ss

    Air 9 carbon frame................................1410g
    Manitou Tower Pro 80mm.......................1691.5g
    Circus Monkey hubs...............................355g
    Stans Crest rims white...........................407gR and 404gF
    Titanium spokes and alloy nipples.............249g
    Stans yellow tape and alloy valves...........14g
    Stans seatant for both tires....................249g
    Rocket Ron 2.1 tires..............................451gR and 473gF
    Sweetwing cranks and BB.......................475g
    Middleburn 26t ring with Ti bolts...............44g
    KMC X10SL chain..................................200g
    Crupi 14t alloy cog.................................13g
    Crank Bros 4Ti pedals.............................170g
    Hope Tech 2 brakes with SS lines.............250gF and 260gR
    Ashima Ai2 rotors...................................66g each
    Ashima alloy rotor bolts..........................16g
    eBay carbon bar...................................139g
    eBay carbon seatpost.............................143g
    eBay carbon saddle................................100g
    eBay Uno 80mm stem with Ti bolts............86g
    eBay titanium QR skewers........................46g
    Esi chunky grips cut to my hand width.......46g
    Esi bar end plugs....................................6g
    KCNC headset spacers 10mm....................5g
    Purely Custom seatpost clamp..................14g
    Mortop stem cap with alloy bolt................6g

    Every bolt was replaced with Titanium or Aluminum.

    She weighs 17.91lbs like she is now.

    Finally in the 13s!!!!!!!!!
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    Ok thanks

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    80 mm fork? I suggest more depending what kind of trails you will be riding. Your profile says you like 'all mountain' riding. My experience . . . 120-140 mm would suit you well

    Like eb said, if you state what your intent is with riding style, you will get much more helpful and direct answers from much more experienced riders

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    Im going 2 do trail riding whit it not all mountain sorry

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    I have the frame
    niner rdo bars 189.9g
    selle italia seat 236.19g

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    My old bike has an 80 mm fork (with less of it currently working ) and it's fine. Depending on how I wanted to tune the head angle and front end height, I wouldn't hesitate to use a nice one in future.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    I can give a strong recommendation for the Wide Lightning wheelset. 850 list. My lbs got me a 670 price.
    1569 g 15mm/142 although endcaps are available for 10mm/135. The inside rim dimension is 29.3 or so. You will get more traction and cushiony volume out of fast rolling light 2.2 tires.

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    I understand you are planning to do trail. But for your first bike, build the bike all mountain. You will have more options, also in case you decide to sell your bike you have better chance to sell at a better price. Try to buy good parts once, you may spend a few dollars extra but it's all worth it.

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