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Your bike either road, mountain bike or cruiser or other type of bike comes appx. 80 to 90% assembled and then packed for shipment directly from the factory.

If you are familiar with bicycle assembly, most take about 15 to 20 minutes with brake, shifter, derailleur adjustment and some wheel truing. Some of the higher-end bikes and triathlon bicycles may take a bit longer for assembly and tuning. It is normal for wheels to require some minor truing. It is normal for hydraulic disc rotors and brakes to need bleeding/adjustment. CLICK HERE to see sample assembly instructions and a video. If you feel unsure about putting it together, please you take it to your local bike shop for final assembly, tuning and safety checks. All parts of the bicycle require proper tuning and tightening of all parts prior to every ride and inclusive of parts that arrive pre-installed.

If you wish to disregard our suggestion, here are some general guidelines for setup:

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FOR HELPFUL VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS ON GENERAL ASSEMBLY STEPS OF A ROAD BIKE

General Assembly Instructions for Mountain Bikes /Comfort Bicycles

NOTE: PLEASE TIGHTEN YOUR LOCKRINGS, CRANKS, PEDALS ETC BEFORE AND AFTER EVERY RIDE. Stripped threads, cranks, pedals etc are due to those parts not being tightened enough by the rider and are not covered by warranty

1) Place the wheel into the fork mounts and tighten the quick release lever. (refer to owners manual), or tighten the nuts on both sides of the wheel. Be sure the wheel is centered. The best way to do this is to set your bike on the ground, holding the bike straight up and the wheel should center. (figure 1) Be sure the Quick Release is closed and snug. (figures 2 & 3)

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Figure 2
Figure 3

2) Attach the brake wire if unattached. (Figure 4)

3) Screw in the pedals. (figures 5 and 6) Note that there is a right and left pedal marked on the threaded end of each pedal. (this corresponds to the right and left sides as you are sitting on the mountain bike) The pedals thread counter-clockwise on the left and clockwise on the right side. Tighten them snuggly with a 15mm wrench or an adjustable spanner (crescent wrench). Be sure not to cross thread and strip out the crank arm! Be sure to tighten the cranks properly.

Left Pedal

Right Pedal

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Figure 6

 

4) Clamp and center the handlebar into the stem if it has been removed. (figure 7) Tighten all bolts evenly. If the entire stem has been removed, slide it into the headset and tighten allen head screw at the top. This will require either a 5mm or 6mm allen wrench.


Figure 7

5) Insert seatpost into seat tube and tighten seat clamp. (figures 8 & 9) For proper seatpost height… as you sit on the mountain bike with the ball of your foot on the pedal, you should have a slight bend in your knee.

NOTE: PLEASE TIGHTEN YOUR LOCKRINGS, CRANKS, PEDALS ETC BEFORE AND AFTER EVERY RIDE. Stripped threads, cranks, pedals etc are due to those parts not being tightened enough by the rider and are not covered by warranty

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6) Be sure that any nuts or bolts that may have come loose in shipping are snug. It is also good policy to make sure your bike is properly adjusted prior to every ride. Make sure cranks and pedals are properly tightened as well as all other part. Stripped threads on pedals/cranks are due to riding them loose.

The videos below are for general reference. Always make sure all parts are tightened to manufacturer's specifications
Tighten both pedals with a fixed or adjustable wrench
Bikesdirect.com will assume no responsibility for improper assembly



General Assembly for Mountain bikes, Road Bicycles / Threadless Stem, Headset Adjustment



It's not too hard to work on your own bike. Be it a road bike, mountain bike, comfort bike or even cruiser bike. You can get the the full version of this video on cd and dvd PLUS a tool kit at a great sale price (CLICK HERE for info on the ToolKit and Video) and check out www.parktool.com for a very complete online reference on bike maintenance and repairs. If you don't feel confident working on your bike, please visit your local professional bike shop for this work to be done.

These videos are for general reference. Always make sure all parts are tightened to manufacturers specifications
Tighten both pedals with a fixed or adjustable wrench
Bikesdirect.com will assume no responsibility for improper assembly


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