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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.
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    My budget bike build

    Hi all just wanted to share my bike build with you and get maybe get some advice later on.

    I spent months online looking for cheap ally full sus frame to start my build, originaly i wanted a Kona stinky or something with similar rear sus design as i love the look of it but when this one popped up cheap i couldn't resist.

    I had an idea of what i wanted but no decent parts so i decided to build it up with what i had and upgrade later.

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    The seller said it had come out of a Saracen factory as a discarded concept, how true that is i dont know but with no other identification i bought a Saracen decal to go on it.

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    After that i waited for cheap mid range parts and bagged some better forks, nice looking wheels, seat, brakes etc etc and so now she looks like this.

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    she's not far off my original imagination of what i wanted but some upgraded longer travel forks are next on the list.

    Let me know what you think
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    Definitely unique. What kind of riding do you do? Do you know how much she weighs?

    Building up a custom bike is so much fun. +1 for being different.

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    i do all sorts of riding on it, i take it to work, along bridle ways and easy downhill, no big drops or anything like that. i don't know how heavy it is but it is heavy, feels like it could take anything i can throw at it!

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