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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    Good job! Just built my BikesDirect bike...

    i just got my new bike friday. i ordered the 700ht which was perfect for my $500 limit. a lot of people said "oh, just $x more and you could have this, etc..." but i had $500 and i think i couldnt have made a better choice. to my surprise, when i began to put the bike together, it came with Avid BB5 brakes!!!! not tektro aquillas, so i was beyond stoked to say the least. its all tuned up and it rocks. thanks for the bike and the free brake upgrade BD!!

    oh and it took me a couple hours, 1st bike build... and even longer to fine tune.


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    What, no pictures?

    Sounds awesome though. Glad you got a good bike and the upgraded brakes are a nice bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenny88
    ...it came with Avid BB5 brakes!!!! not tektro aquillas, ...
    Yep, BD is known for their false advertisement.
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    Yep, BD is known for their false advertisement.
    well it worked in my favor big time in this situation. ill post pics in a minute

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster
    What, no pictures?

    Sounds awesome though. Glad you got a good bike and the upgraded brakes are a nice bonus.
    added them

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    ooooh, shiney
    seat a bit low?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    i just lowered it an inch or so while messing around on the bike

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    Nice ride, mine comes Monday!

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    Nice bike so many choices of bikes but like you said at this price point not many good choices nice pick

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    Looks neat.
    My Cannondale Lefty keeps failing....

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    Congrats on the bike purchase man! Welcome to the sport!
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    if they were gonna be hydros you didnt get an upgrade.

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    yeah, but i think everybody would rather have avid than tektro brake components... obviously hydro was never an option

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    I've got Tektro Hydro brakes and really like them. Saw a study done where they outperformed more expensive brakes.
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    Did you buy any extra tools to put this together?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenny88
    yeah, but i think everybody would rather have avid than tektro brake components... obviously hydro was never an option
    decent tektro hydros v standard mechanical? tough call but i'd have gone hydro. from a retail price perspective you got hosed. just to point this out further: YOU GOT A CHEAPER BRAKESET THAN SPEC.

    i'd be pissed. sure bb5s work pretty well, but bb7s are the ones to have for mechanical discs, and the tektro hydros work pretty well and have more power than the bb5s
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    Quote Originally Posted by motomatt77
    Did you buy any extra tools to put this together?
    Just to get it up and running, all you'll need are 5mm, 5mm allen keys and a 15mm wrench.

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    He got Avid BB5s instead of Tektro Aquilas. The Aquilas are a mechanical disc; you all are thinking of the Aurigas. He definitely got a slight upgrade. Although hydros would've been better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsmosher
    He got Avid BB5s instead of Tektro Aquilas. The Aquilas are a mechanical disc; you all are thinking of the Aurigas. He definitely got a slight upgrade. Although hydros would've been better.
    exactly,
    Was just starting to wonder as to what the fuss was all about

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    hydros were never supposed to come with this bike... so, that was never a possibility regardless of the brand

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    Youre All Thinking Of The Wrong Tektrossssssss

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    Quote Originally Posted by motomatt77
    Did you buy any extra tools to put this together?
    all i used was the MTB-3 Park Tool which i got off ebay for 20 bucks. its a cool little thing

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    nice ride dude, looks good!

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    Looks real nice to me, but, I'm not a biker yet either.
    Still, looks go a long way to 'some' of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenny88
    all i used was the MTB-3 Park Tool which i got off ebay for 20 bucks. its a cool little thing

    What do you think of this?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/TOPEAK-BIKE-BICY...item439e3b5f97

    or will I be fine with something in the 15 dollar range. I'm tempted to buy this...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Topeak-Power-15-...item35a81a3835

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