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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    Thanks for this! I find myself coming back to this for reference when I'm reading other threads.

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    this thread has been super useful

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    Aha! Threads and posts are no longer cryptic. Good reference.

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    When talking about wheelsets, what does UST mean?

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    Very useful thread, thanks!

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    TY, good info!

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    Very useful thread. A few that I did not know.

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    Could anyone elaborate on the difference between AM, XC and FR please? I think FR is mostly for trails with jumps, something close to BMX almost?? But was is difference between AM and XC? Arent they the same trails?

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    A very useful thread. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by solidfish View Post
    Could anyone elaborate on the difference between AM, XC and FR please?
    I think this has been done already... but lets see what I can do.

    There are various definitions for XC, AM and FR.

    XC
    1) An internationally recognized sport where you race against a few dozen others on the same trail
    2) Just riding trails. Distance and Speed probably matter to you.

    AM
    Just riding trails. You look for challenging trail features, Speed and distance are there but only matter in terms of trail experience. You want a bike that can handle the trail features at the speed you want.

    FR
    Lots of variety but jumps, drops, elevated features and other "stunts" tend to be featured. You don't ride for distance: it is all about the "stunts" and the bike has to be able to survive them - and not hinder the stunts.

    Last week I rode with a pretty mixed bunch. At one point, us more wheels-on-the-ground riders took the reroute around a fallen tree. The two guys who are into "Enduro" (an AM like race format) picked up speed and hopped over that tree that is too high off the ground for me to even consider.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Thanks for response. I've been looking into this question and your answer is what I got as well. I also noticed that bike sizes differ between the disciplines. It seems that AM/FR generally have shorter top bar lengths whereas the XC folks like a more traditional longer top bar length. FR/DH also like to keep their seatpost lengths low to position their bodies around the angles.

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    one day i'll know what Fixie means

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    In XC bikes, people favor pedaling efficiency, and to some degree even aerodynamics. A longer top tube can help with those things.

    For AM/FR/DH, people want a bike length that lets them apply a lot of body language for maneuvering the bike. A somewhat shorter bike can help with that.

    Difference between FR and DH: in FR you live for the stunts, in DH you mainly care about going fast. If you are racing DH, you ONLY care about making it from start to finish in the shortest possible time.

    Fixie: if your cranks are turning, the rear wheel is turning too. If your rear wheel is turning, your cranks are turning too.
    Mind your fingers when cleaning and lubing the chain: you wouldn't be the first one to get your fingers mangled after forgetting the rear wheel works like a flywheel and the chain keeps moving with it

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Very useful, sso much new things to learn

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    my hero!
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    The glossary list is a great reference for beginners like me. thanks

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    THANK YOU. Been trying to figure out some of these abbreviations out for so long.

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    Great resource here.

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    Thanks for posting the glossary, very helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime View Post
    I think this has been done already... but lets see what I can do.

    There are various definitions for XC, AM and FR.

    XC
    1) An internationally recognized sport where you race against a few dozen others on the same trail
    2) Just riding trails. Distance and Speed probably matter to you.

    AM
    Just riding trails. You look for challenging trail features, Speed and distance are there but only matter in terms of trail experience. You want a bike that can handle the trail features at the speed you want.

    FR
    Lots of variety but jumps, drops, elevated features and other "stunts" tend to be featured. You don't ride for distance: it is all about the "stunts" and the bike has to be able to survive them - and not hinder the stunts.

    Last week I rode with a pretty mixed bunch. At one point, us more wheels-on-the-ground riders took the reroute around a fallen tree. The two guys who are into "Enduro" (an AM like race format) picked up speed and hopped over that tree that is too high off the ground for me to even consider.

    Thanks for explaining it further!

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    The must have glossary for noobs like me. Thanks!

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    , thx!

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    Nice info

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    Great stuff

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    Super helpful to a complete newb like me.

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