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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    ... and if we just ... New User - 1st Post - Introduction

    Hello everyone. I'm a newbie to the forum and only very recently returning to biking. I have my trusty old steed that I love and now that I'm coming back to the world of biking looking to upgrade it. I'm on the lookout for a quality seat and suspension seat post at the moment. Then a new handlebar. I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself and my bike.

    Diamondback WCF Vertex 1995
    Bicycle Type: mountain bike, front suspension
    Brake Levers: Dia-Compe PC-11
    Brakeset: Shimano Deore LX M-System brakes, Dia-Compe PC-11 levers
    Chain: KMC SS-90, 1/2 x 3/32"
    Chain Size: 1/2 x 3/32"
    Chainrings: 22/32/42
    Chainstay Length: 16.7"
    Colors: silver fade
    Component Group: Shimano Deore XT / LX
    Crankset: Shimano Deore LX HyperDrive-C, 22/32/42 teeth
    Fork Brand & Model: Manitou Comp
    Fork Crown: triple-clamp
    Fork Material: aluminum, triple-clamp crown
    Fork Rake: 1.50"
    Frame Angles: 71.5 head, 74.0 seat
    Frame Construction: bonded carbon fiber
    Frame Tubing Material: carbon fiber main triangle / Tange Prestige rear stays
    Front Brake: Shimano Deore XT V-Brake System
    Front Brake Lever: Dia-Compe PC-11
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT Compact Drive, top-pull/clamp-on 31.8 mm
    Front Derailleur Type: top-pull/clamp-on 31.8 mm
    Handlebar: Bontrager Titec 140g
    Handlebar Stem: Tioga AL-2
    Head Tube Angle: 71.5
    Headset: 1 1/8" Dia-Compe Kontak Aheadset SA
    Headset Diameter: 1 1/8"
    Hub Front: Shimano Deore LX
    Hub Rear: Shimano Deore LX
    Hubs: Shimano Deore LX
    Largest Rear Cog: 28
    Num Rear Cogs: 8-speed
    Pedals: Diamond Back alloy
    Rear Brake: Shimano Deore LX M-System
    Rear Brake Lever: Dia-Compe PC-11
    Rear Cogs: 8-speed, 11 - 28 teeth
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT SS
    Rim Front: Mavic M230
    Rim Rear: Mavic M230
    Rims: Mavic M230, 32-hole
    Saddle: Ritchey Vector Prolite
    Seat Post Diameter: 27.0 mm
    Seat Tube Angle: 74.0
    Seatpost: Hsin Lung SP-41, 27.0 mm diameter
    Shift Levers: Grip Shift SRT-800 X-Ray
    Size: 18"
    Smallest Rear Cog: 11
    Spoke Brand: DT stainless steel, 2.0 mm double butted
    Spoke Gauge: 2.0 mm
    Spoke Holes: 32-hole
    Spoke Material: stainless steel
    Spoke Nipples: brass nipples
    Spoke Type: double butted
    Sugg Retail: 1200.00
    Tire Front: Tioga Psycho kevlar
    Tire Rear: Tioga Psycho kevlar
    Tire Size Front: 26 x 1.95"
    Tire Size Rear: 26 x 1.95"
    Tires: 26 x 1.95" Tioga Psycho kevlar
    Top Tube Length: 22.5"
    Weight: 24.0
    Wheelbase: 41.9"
    '07 Giant Anthem 2
    '07 Giant Yukon
    '95 Diamondback WCF Vertex

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    Vintage bike

    Welcome to the forums.
    Try posting this bike in the vintage/classic section.
    I think wider bars would make a worthy upgrade for better control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yagimax
    Welcome to the forums.
    Try posting this bike in the vintage/classic section.
    I think wider bars would make a worthy upgrade for better control.
    What size do you think?
    '07 Giant Anthem 2
    '07 Giant Yukon
    '95 Diamondback WCF Vertex

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    For more control a 26in. bar is great. If your into racing then a bit narrower is ideal.

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