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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    Apr 2006

    Idiots guide to mtb suspension?

    Looking for a web page or faq that covers mountain bike suspension. Basically need something that describes how mountain bike suspensions work, and how to set them up. A site that defines what "sag" is or what "platform means" and the differences between all the different technologies such as "DW link" and "Horst link". I realize that some of this may be manufacturer specific, but I'm just looking for a guide to get me started, so I can follow what you are all talking about in the forum, and more importantly so I have a better idea of how to set up and maintain my bike.

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