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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    Question about where to find the stem length / rise diagram

    I've been on this site for a little while now and I've seen pictures from a diagram about how different stems lengths / rise would affect your hand postion. Can someone point me in the right direction? Also does this diagram include riser bars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod
    I've been on this site for a little while now and I've seen pictures from a diagram about how different stems lengths / rise would affect your hand postion. Can someone point me in the right direction? Also does this diagram include riser bars?
    just sit on your bike and move your hand around untill you like the position
    doesnt matter how your hands get there (stem or bars) just that its comfortable

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    DanO that's basically what I did. I liked the height of my hand position, but I was a little too stretched out. A friend loaned me a shorter stem and it helps a lot. Thanks for the diagrams as well fellas. I wanted the diagrams just in case I needed to buy a stem.
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