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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    New question here. KMC Chain Q - Z8 or X8.93

    I have a Spec Rockhopper Comp. Specs say it came with a KMC X8 chain.

    I wanted to replace the chain so I get on ebay and order a KMC x8.93 chain. What they sent me though was a Z8 chain.

    Is there a huge difference between these chains? I am a recreational rider, maybe 2 or 300 miles a year, mainly dirt roads and the such, a few trail rides. I also do the Iceman Cometh in Michigan.

    Did I get ripped off, is it worth filing a complaint? Or are the chains pretty comparable for my use?
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    The X.93 is extra stretchproof as apposed to stretchproof for the Z.
    I would ask for what I paid for.

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