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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    wil these forks fit my bike?

    I don't know too much about front suspension, so could anyone tell me if Marzocchi 2005 bomber drop off triples forks will fit my 2005 Marin Hawk Hill? Thanks a lot

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    Too much travel +

    The Hawk Hill comes with a 100mm fork. I would stick in that general range, otherwise you effect the geometry too much. I also think the Drop Off series is made for Freeride. The Hawk Hill is a cross country bike. You should be looking at Marzocchi's EXR, MX, or Marathon series forks for that bike.

    Best wishes,

    Bob
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    for a cross country hardtail like the hawk hill you should stick with a fork that has 80-100 millimeters of travel, its probably not a very good ideal to go above 120mm.

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