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Old 11-12-05, 09:06 PM   #1
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Final assembly required?

On the Danscomp site it says " All bikes require some final assembly by a quialified mechanic". What exactly do you have to put on.Is it hard.Can someone that doesnt know much about bikes put it all on. What do have to put on?
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I would imagine they box it just like any partially assembled bike, which means front wheel, seat/post, pedals and bars will have to be put on. Who knows how tight everything will be, when I do builds I basically strip everything down to bare frame and run facing tools over the BB shell and head tube, tension and true wheels, then reassemble everything with proper torque and grease, then adjust everything. You can probably get away with just slapping the parts on (if it's got threads, GREASE THEM) and making sure everything is tight and adjusted.
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Most bikes shipped into the US market come between 65% and 75% assembled. This means that you will need to install the seat and seat post; install and adjust the stem and handlebar which can get a little technical depending upon the type of stem; install the pedals...this is very technical because there are right and left pedals and they both thread towards the front wheel when going into the crank. (I worked in bike retail stores for 12 years before working inside the industry and we'd always have a couple people a year come in with a cross threaded pedal because they assume everything in life has right hand threading). Brake cables will probably need threading/mounting and brake shoes and brakes will need adjusting. Wheels may need to be trued and reflectors will need t be mounted. This can be a stretch for somebody that has little experience and it can definitely affect your warranty if it's not assembled correctly to start with.
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Additionally you could call up Dan's and ASK them, they'd probably be able to tell you exactly what you need to know. I'd imagine some of the bikes they're just shipping in the box they came in straight from the manufacturer, but a custom build will probably be fully assembled, adjusted and then disassembled for shipping, so your mileage may vary depending on WHAT you order from them.
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So i should just go to a walk in store and buy the bike from there.Or even if i do buy from danscomp about how much will it be to take it to a store and let them assemble the bike.
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It's incredibaly simple to do it yourself. Honestly. I'm sure if you search the internet you will find somewhere that tells you how if it isn't obvious enough, especially if it's coming in like 5 pieces.
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It's not that the bike will be hard to assemble or have lots of weird unexplained parts like a puzzle you have to put together...the killer is whether the wheels are true (which is a major pain to do without a truing stand) and how well everything is snugged/greased/adjusted, even parts that are already on the bike when it comes. Don't assume just because it's already on the bike that it's properly adjusted. Very often threads will be dry, bearing cups won't be fully seated, hubs will be crunchy and overtightened, wheels might not be tensioned...that sort of thing.
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it wont be too hard.
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Hey worse comes to worse just ask questions at the lbs or us.
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your going to have to adjust your bars (as in there not tightened), put on your front wheel put more air into tires, or inflate them, hook up brakes (just the straddle cable) and put the seatpost and seat into the frame...(i think) and possibly put the pedals on...


nothing too hard...if you feel like you cant do that by yourself then just take it to a bike shop and make them do it...but its very easy
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well since Kinetic put it that way it seems really easy
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it is.
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