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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    Stupid SRAM question...

    Will say a regular SRAM X7 shifter work with say a SRAM X7 ESP derailleur? What the heck is ESP anyways?

    Sorry for the newbish questions.

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    ESP is a term they used for many years to refer to their 1:1 actuation shift ratio...I haven't seen SRAM use it for a while but all ESP derailleurs would be compatible with current X series (except XX) shifters.

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