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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    Nice

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    Thanks for the list. I was getting tired of having to google an acronym every time I read one that I didn't know. I'm slowly gettin it.

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    Thanks for the help. vocabulary is a good tool, but short hand words are even better.

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    So many terms, so little time. Good thread.

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    Great post! Really helps for getting to know the sport!

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    I am very much a rookie so....

    "travel" "single speed" confuse me. What is "travel" .....see it as 120 or 110 or 100....180 etc. what is the significance of the different "travels" ?

    Single speed......I would have thought that a bike with 30 gears would have more than single speed???

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    Quote Originally Posted by mchurcher1 View Post
    I am very much a rookie so....

    "travel" "single speed" confuse me. What is "travel" .....see it as 120 or 110 or 100....180 etc. what is the significance of the different "travels" ?

    Single speed......I would have thought that a bike with 30 gears would have more than single speed???
    Travel is the amount of frame traveling at maximum compression of the suspension. A 120mm travel bike will usually have a suspension fork of 120mm of available travel and if it's a full suspension frame, the rear wheel can move up to 120mm. But this not mean the rear shock has a 120mm stroke, it can has only 60mm stroke, but the rear suspension design allow for a higher leverage ratio, like a 2:1. So for every 1mm of rear shock movement, your rear wheel move by 2mm.

    Single speed simply means your bike has a single rear sprocket and a single chainring, and not derailleur/shifter. Most singletracks can be ridden easily without ever shifting gears, so by riding around a few times and seeing which gear ratio you're using the most, you can decide if you really needs all your gears of simply put a single cog in the rear that match the one you're using the most often or are the more comfortable with. Same for the front ring.
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Thanks....that clears that up rather well!

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    Great info!Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Great thread

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    Repped, Thank you for the info

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    So many acronyms!!!

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    This thread is OTT! (Over The Top)

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    I want to thank all of you for bring me up to speed very quicky! Very helpful

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    very good info answerd my questions

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    nice post

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    Thank you for the Clarification

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    Nice

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    This is truly a very big help for Newbies. Thanks for compiling!!!!

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    helpful stuff, was a little confused by the abbreviations. Thanks for the sticky

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    That's a lot of terms

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    Thanks dude now I can understand these stinking posts!!

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    lots of term to remember, but thanks now i can understand more posts

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    Thanks for the list.

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