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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    New question here. Shifter change ???

    If you change your crankset from a 3x10 to a 2x10, do you have to change the shifters from a 3x10 to a 2x10?

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    No. Just set the High limit screw on the front derailleur to lock out the 3rd position. Adjust the barrel adjuster until the high position is right, then tighten the H limit screw until it touches the cam. Then back off an eighth turn or so to make sure that the cable and your thumb isn't facing resistance by the limiter when in the H position.

    I simply removed my big ring. I ended up replacing the dront derailleur with a 2-speed because the chain had a tendancy to walk off the outside of the now-big ring when shifting onto it and using a small cog in the rear.

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