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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    front or rear higher tire pressure or same?

    for xc hardtail, should i have a higher rear tire pressure so that i wont binch flat so easily?
    tires is 1.95 maxxis ignitor. quite small volume.

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    Usually yes...

    especially with a low volume tire like the 1.95 Ignitor. Most bikes have a slightly rearward weight bias, more weight over the rear wheel than the front. If you're not pinch flatting in the front but are in the rear running the same pressures, then you need to add a bit to the rear. With low volume tires on a hardtail I usually run between 3 and 5psi more in the rear. With higher volume tires or on my FS bike I can usually run the same pressure front and rear without problems. So take the rear up about 5psi, it should help.

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