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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    Obed frame,ground up - lets build it!

    I have a Litespeed Obed frame now for quite some time that I purchased for dirt cheap. I've just started purchasing parts for the frame. Recently purchased brand new set of XT components. Now here's where the fun starts.

    At one point I read one should not put a front suspension fork with more than 100mm of travel on an Obed frame..is that correct? Of course, I remembered reading this after I purchased a new Marzocchi MX Comp ETA 120mm fork. Before I go any further, will this fork be ok, or will I run into trouble on the trail? I'm a basic XC rider, nothing too aggressive.

    Any recommendations on further components? Headseats, handlebars, etc?
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    If the frame is speced for a 100mm for max thensta with that. For XC riding 100 is basicly max.
    For components, WTB wheel set, set, stem bars, tires. Thompson seat post. Hayes El Camino brakes, Chris King headset, Race Face cranks, Shimano XT & XTR drive train.

    http://www.wtb.com/index_flash.html

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/149...e-Seatpost.htm

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/141...-Hydraulic.htm

    http://www.chrisking.com/headsets/hds_nts.html

    http://www.raceface.com/components/c...deus-crank.htm

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    Marzocchi MX Comp 85 Air

    What do you think of a Marzocchi MX Comp Air 85mm Fork? I wasn't sure if that was the right fork, but the price is right and its brand new $150.00. Any other suggestions for forks?

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