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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    Rm Switch LTD, Newb Q

    I have a RM Switch Ltd, I was riding a technical downhill piece where i live (Wilson Canyon, Jackson Wy.) and i thought i had the front fork open not locked out. I kept Endoing and i fore sure thought it was open to full compression. On the lever is it up or down to lock it out.

    Confused RM Switch Owner
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    I have no idea what an RM Switch LTD is, but try this:
    Step 1. Put lock-out in position A: Can you compress the fork?
    - Yes? This is the open (unlocked) position.
    - No? Proceed to Step 2.
    Step 2. Put lock-out in position B: Can you compress the fork?
    - Yes? This is the open (unlocked) position.
    - No? Your pre-load setting must be cranked super high, or you have very stiff springs, very thick oil, or you're running a very high pressure (air fork). Read the manual, and adjust pre-load according to the instructions. While in the manual, try looking for the lock-out description as well.

    To combat endo's:
    When descending....whether you ride with suspension, or with a rigid fork....keep your weight back. You shouldn't be heading over the bars if you're weight is over the rear wheel. Use your judgment to maintain steering ability, but you want to keep the front wheel light enough to be able to roll over obstacles. Also keep an eye on your line, and avoid any super large rocks or logs that may send you flying.

    A suspension fork alone will not solve your endo problems....it's really there to provide you with more traction in the rough stuff, not save your ass every time you encounter an obstacle.

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