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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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    So i picked up a schwinn Ranger 2.6 from someone on the super cheap the other day, since they were moving. Its my first mountain bike, well honestly first bike since i was like 10. I know its not the top name brand, or best performing bike, but it does it job for a trail ride once or twice a week. My question is, are most aftermarket parts for mt. bikes interchangeable? OR would i need to find parts just for the schwinn? Thanks for your time.

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    Both. If you would have asked this question 5 years ago, the answer would have been "interchangeable". Today, it really depends on the specific parts.

    Feel free to fire away with questions here. You'll receive good direction a d advice.
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    Thanks, im mainly just looking to upgrade the fork suspension and brakes at the moment. Most of my research it seems they fit most bikes. Looking here. Rim Brakes - Spadout

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrredline05 View Post
    Thanks, im mainly just looking to upgrade the fork suspension and brakes at the moment. Most of my research it seems they fit most bikes. Looking here. Rim Brakes - Spadout
    Brakes will be interchangeable. I advise against upgrading the fork on this bike. Forks are one of the things that aren't immediately interchangeable.
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    what about the shifters? The bike is a 21 speed i believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrredline05 View Post
    what about the shifters? The bike is a 21 speed i believe.
    Do your current parts work? Ride them until they break.

    Need to know the brand of shifters. Generally, shifters are interchangeable within their own brand.
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    Good deal. Thanks for the info


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