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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    Newbie with new bike but no clue???

    Just want to first start off by saying sup to all you guys. Today I just bought a used 06 ibex ignition2. I got it for 400, the guy upgraded the handle bars and rear shock. I feel like I got a deal and I'm happy. I plan on getting into mountain biking, I plan on taking it to some trials in the blackhills. For now I will be riding it to and from work. The thing is I haven't riden a bike since I was like 16 and the bikes back then didn't have all these components on it. I have now idea how these components work and what they actually are. Could someone help me out please.

    heres the bike


    I know these are to shift gears but what exactly do they do, there are 4 levers all together




    Has an adjustment for slow & fast, what does that mean??



    Sorry for all the questions, when I bought the bike the owner wasn't there his wife was the one who sold it to me, therefore I didn't really get an explanation of these components and what they do. Thank you

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    The White Jeff W
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    Welcome to the Ibex family!

    Quickly the right shifter controls the rear deraileur and the left controls the front. The big levers shift to the bigger gears and the small levers shift back to the smaller gears.

    The fast & slow knob refers to the rebound speed of the shock.

    Check out the Ibex forums for more setup answers.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/ibex/
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