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 does this translate to? "Suspension correct for a minimum 80 mm travel fork."

    Right now my bike is fully rigid. I like how it is.. however I've considered buying a suspension fork to swap out for longer rides. In human terms what does "Suspension correct for a minimum 80 mm travel fork" actually mean. Thanks!

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    It means the geometry of your frame won't change (much) if you throw an 80mm fork on there. If you go bigger, and put on a 150mm, your bike's handling will be all wonky, and you'll be angled back a bit more due to the longer fork.

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