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 would I notice if I upgrade my frame from a GT force 2011 to an Ibis HDR or

    Santa Cruz Bronson?

    I have an upgrade itch, but part of me is afraid I might not notice a big difference

    I have a Talas 160 fork, xt brakes, rp 23, xs dropper post, schwalbe Rocket Rons and Nobby Nics on Crank Bros Iodine wheels

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    When I test rode the 650B bike I ever rode, my bike was a Felt Complusion1. I definitely noticed how much more momentum I had going downhill. Also, being on the east coast our trails are very rooty and rocky. I also noticed the wheels had better rollover on climbs. They didn't get hung up as easily. That said at the time there wasn't much choice and I didn't like the Jamis suspension so I ended up on a 29er.

    Now that 650B has caught on I'm pretty close to going back down to a 650B bike.
    13 Lenz Lunchbox punkass

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