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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    upgrading a gary fisher mako

    I have a Gary Fisher Mako and I was thinking about upgrading the fork since it seems to be leaking a little; plus I want lockout for going up hills. The bike has 63mm fork, but my bike shop is trying to sell me a rock shox dart 3 which is 100mm. Is that going to be okay?
    Does a higher fork mean a harder time going uphill?

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    any news on this?

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