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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    shock kona scrap

    bought first used bike it has marzocchi mz race forks. I like to do jumps but these forks do not have much travel. How do you set them up I weigh 100 lbs,tx Cole

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    Minimal travel is needed to dirt jump. I personally run a 2006 Marzocchi Z1 sport that has had it's travel reduced from 150mm to 65mm permanently, and I run it extremely stiff. More travel than that doesn't help as it sucks up all your energy when you're going off the jump.

    At your weight, if the fork feels too stifff, it's normal. You are not heavy enough to make it budge much. As you get older and heavier that'll change.

    If you're bottoming out the fork all the time, then you'd have to buy a new fork, as there are no replacement springs that are stiffer for that fork, so you're stuck with what's in there.

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    thanks

    thanks snaky69, for the info I understand now,Cole

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