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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    Pumped it up to 260psi. What an amazing difference!! It's a whole new bike. Now I can push up hills. No more soft tail.

    I guess I was right about the rear shock being too soft.

    I'm ready to go hit some more trails!!

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    Let us know how your ride goes with the psi set at 260.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaTiRo View Post
    Let us know how your ride goes with the psi set at 260.
    I got about 80% travel out the bar 2.1. I put my rebound in the middle. I'm gonna play with the psi over the new few rides then once I find a good point I'll really tweak the rebound.

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    Keep in mind you won't use all your travel on every ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garasaki View Post
    Keep in mind you won't use all your travel on every ride.
    Correct. The local trail I rode last night is mostly hard packed dirt with a lot of roots. I am gonna try to ride a long more technical track tonight and see how the rear feels. If I can get it to continue to climb like it does right now and remove a little of the hard tail feel over roots I will be in business!! I think turning down my rebound a click or two should help.

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    Subbing... lots of good info here.

    Personally I don't see the point of a 29'er... then again I'm 5'5"

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    Anyone able to walk me thru rear shock removal??

    I can't get my shock off. I got 3 bolts off but the four will not come off. Just spins.

    I can't find any walk thru's on removal.

    Thanks

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