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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    What do i need to upgrade to 9 speed?

    I have a 2003 hardrock with all alivio components on the drivetrain except for the rear deore derailleur, I want to upgrade to a 9 speed cassetteand the components to lx or xt. So I know I am going to change the shifters, both derailluers, the cassette and the chain. I want to know if I am also goign to have to change my crankset and my rear hub?
    And is there anything else I have to look into before I beging buying parts.

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    no, you wont have to change your rear hub or crankset. most newer shimano drivetrain parts have rapid rise shifting, make sure all the parts you buy are compatible. if you buy rapid rise shifters you will need a rapid rise rear derailleur.

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    Thanks, so the chainrings in my current crankset should work?

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    yeah your current cranks and chainrings will work just fine.

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    Ok thanks a lot for the info.

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    Derailers aren't 8 or 9 speed specific, your front should be fine and you might not need to change your rear. Depends on if you go to rapid-rise or SRAM 1:1 shifters.

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