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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    Swapping bearing races fork

    I just got new fork but it did not come with the bearing race that goes on the steerer tube and goes against the bottom of the headset. How do I get my old one off and put it on the new forks?

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    spec4life???..smh...
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    It should just slide off the steerer tube and then just slide it right on the new one. At least mine did.

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    It was pressed on their pretty tight, but with some tools and finesse I got it off and lubed it so I could press it on the new forks.

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    Getting those races off can be a huge pain sometimes. I've always just gently tapped them from below, using a hammer and a flathead screw driver that I filed to make a little duller, so as not to gouge the race. Putting it on the new fork requires a PVC pipe large enough to fit over the steerer tube and a mallet, preferably a sand-filled dead-blow type.

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