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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    Riser bar - low or high? Big difference overs stock? Do I have to mess with stem?

    I was thinking of getting the Easton MonkeyLite XC for my Cannondale F3. I am not sure if I should get the high or the low rise. My current stock Cannondale bar is mostly comfortable for me but I am a little hunched.

    Anyways, which one should I get? Are they majorily different between the two? Which one is closer to my stock bar? Will I have to lower my stem or can I leave it as-is?

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    i like the bar and saddle to be about the same hight, for a good climbing, descending set-up. look at what you have, decide what you want, and try it. if you feel a little hunched, then raise the bars a bit. always give a new set-up a chance to getting used to. at least one ride.

    if the reach feels ok, probably leave the stem alone for now.
    general rules, longstem-climbing. shorter stem descending.
    lower bars climbing, higher bars, decending.

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