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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    Fixing marzocchi exr or buying new fork

    Just got an 05 giant iguana from craigslist the other day, then yesterday before I've even ridden it off road my friend was trying to stiffen the forks while I ran to the gas station. When I got back he had twisted the schrader valve completely off the fork (doh!) and I called a local bike shop and he said if the shcrader valve is busted then the fork is shot.

    Should I buy a new budget fork (e.g. Dart 3) or get this one fixed? Didn't know if a budget fork in '10 would be any better than a budget fork from '05.

    Thanks guys.

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    That's damn yankee to you
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    Marzocchi has a pretty sweet trade in program to trade up to a new fork. My friend sandwiched my bike (on the rack) between her jeep and my car last year and dented the fork in. Was gonna have it repaired but my Bike shop worked it with Marzocchi and I got a most excellent upgrade for less than 200 bucks.
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    You know....... whatever bike they are riding, assure them its the biggest bike of any guy you have ever ridden with.

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