Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: near Pittsburgh, PA
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Most brands do come very tight. A few don't. I think most of the Stolen bikes have been coming in not too tight. I had an Eastern today that was adjusted fine in the box. I think they do it so it isn't bouncing around in shipping which could cause some damage to the paint on the frame.
We sell over 10 brands of BMX bikes in our shop. The Stolen bikes are the easiest to build. The brake cables are all attached and even adjusted. A few times a pad may need a little tweaking. I think the worst has been the Easterns. The pads are always way out. The cables are not attached to the brakes, and if it has a gyro, that cable is in the box with the pedals.
We do Fuji for our other bikes. Some of them are great, and others are a pain. I got a 29er in the other day and it took longer then any bike I ever did. The rear dérailleur has to be bolted on. Both wheels are off the bike, but before you put them on, you have to put bolt the rotors to the hubs. The shift cables are all connected and are adjusted pretty close. The rear brake cable is on, but the front isn't. Neither is the front caliper. And of course the seat, bars, and pedals have to be put on too. Some BMX bikes take about 20 minutes. This takes an hour.