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 rise on bar?

    My bike came with a flat bar, and it's alright but i always feel too leaned forward and after a while it starts to bother my back/neck. I want to get an '07 easton monkeybar riser but dont' know if i should get either low/med/high rise.

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    The same effect can be achived with a stem that angles up more. The stem soltution will be lighter and stronger than a riser bar

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    Sounds like you need a higher perhaps shorter stem. You didn't specify any specs about your current bike, but you could look for something along these lines.

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5230

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelo
    My bike came with a flat bar, and it's alright but i always feel too leaned forward and after a while it starts to bother my back/neck. I want to get an '07 easton monkeybar riser but dont' know if i should get either low/med/high rise.
    I would like to hear this answer as well. I'm going to add an Easton EA70 Monkeybar Riser to my rig (98' Trek 8900). Does anyone have pics of bikes with the diff rises? Thanks.

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    the rises really aren't a huge difference. I went from a low rise to a high rise and it was only a tiny difference in what I felt. If you're starting at a flat bar, I'd go with a medium rise. Low rise is practically flat and high rise might be a bit too much. hard to know unless you try it

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