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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    Semi-metallic or Sintered brake pads on front??

    I friend gave me a set of Hayes MX-1 mechanical disc w/ brand new pads. One set semi-metallic and the other sintered. Where should I put the semi-metallic pads? front or back brakes?

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    I'd go back as they will give better response. but they will wear out 50% faster out back IMHO...
    The most important thing is what God thinks about it. He will have the final say. Joshua Stinebrink

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