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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    Frame size for FR/DH

    Hey, I'm looking to buy a FR/DH bike and I'm curious what frame size I should be looking for. I'm looking at a 2007 Norco A-line, and the frame size is a large. I'm 5'8 with short-ish legs.

    Here's a link to the geometry of the bike:
    http://www.norco.com/2007bikes/templ...&view=&deets=3

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    This is a tough one. The basic problem is that almost no bike company publishes the horizontal distance between bottom bracket and the upper headset. This distance (similiar to effective top tube for XC bikes) would allow to compare the fit of frames. The mentioned effective top tube (Norco TTT) is useless because you'll stand on the bike most of the time.

    With this preamble stated: There is a chance that the bike in large would fit you (5'8" with short-ish legs). Especially if you like your bikes on the long side. However, I personally like my bikes more on the small side. A smaller DH/FR bike is more flickable. I am 5'11" (standard legs) and ride a Specialized Demo size M.

    You should post this question in the DH/FR forum. There should be a few Norco riders that can relay how an A in various sizes fits them.
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