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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    Upgrade Bars 4 a noooob

    I am coming down on a GF Cobia 29r for my 20yr upgrade from a ridgid Spec.Rockhopper (1988!!).

    Price and service from a LBS plus the reviews here are selling on this model. Being a noob, the only thing suggested by LBS mechanic was looking at some different bars with some rise as the Cobia comes with flat bars. He mentioned rider comfort and better handling as the prime reason. I'm all for comfort at 6'00"/195 on this 19" frame. Can somebody recommend some good bars? The reviews here show lots of good ones but rise/cm/inches/weight is frying my noob brain!!

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    The primary thing a change in bars is going to do is move your hands to a different position; you might want to ride the current bars to figure out what you might want to change later. A stem with more rise, or more spacers underneath the stem (as long as the fork steerer wasn't cut too short to accommodate) also can raise the height of your hand position as would a riser bar. What may or may not improve the handling more depends on you and your riding style.
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