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 grips on carbon fiber bars.

    Are there any special considerations in putting new grips on a carbon fiber bar. I'm intertested in the Ergon MR1's, primarily becuase I want a bigger grip (big paws). My bike, Trek FuelEX8, has a Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon bar. Specialized has a similar grip, but it says "not for use on carbon fiber bars". Ergon doesn't say this, but it has me wondering if I need to make any special considerations for a cf bar.

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    You might want to cross post this to the save some weight post. I dont belive their is any reason you could'nt use any grip you want on CF bars. I have mounted grips on them beffor with no problems.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/weight-weenies/

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