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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  1. #1
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    Freehub Spoke Protector

    How important is this little plastic thing? I'm about to slap on the cassette on a 26er wheel and I noticed it doesn't have this.

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    It's basically a grime collector. Leave it off but be sure to set your limit screws properly as to avoid throwing the chain over the big cog and in to the spokes.

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    It is a little cheesy looking but its true purpose (as implied above) is to protect your spokes should your chain overshoot the largest (lowest) cog on your cassette. If you are confident in your ability to set the low limit, feel free to sh!t-can the protector.

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