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Old 04-17-20, 06:16 PM
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Putting New Bike Together

Ordered a Cervelo C2 from CC on the 8th and itís arriving this week. It will come with instructions, but I was looking to see if there were any tips, or things that someone new might over look. I donít have a bike stand, so I was planning on putting some towels down on the floor to work on. Any advice would be appreciative.
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Old 04-17-20, 10:21 PM
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Best advice on such a nice bike is to do the assembly and follow up service (after a few rides) properly. If you're mechanically adept and willing to get some tools as well as learn how the various components are dealt with then you'll be fine. Unfortunately this set of requirements are generally lacking. So the next step is to sallow your pride and anti up to those who do know what they are doing and have the tools. Most often this is a LBS.

If you assume the factory did the right job in their assembly you're off to the wrong foot before even starting your part. But this realization likely won't be found out till after some use and the lack of proper assembly and tuning has taken it's toll. Sorry to sound like a downer Debbie but we see so many home assemblies with good intentions that caused issues to feel otherwise.

If you do the initial assembly please consider having a LBS at least do a tune up on it. The best case is that you'll think the $ was not needed (because you'll have no problems but normal wear) the worst case is that the shop will find some poorly done stuff and you'll be glad to know what you, or the factory, did wrong. Andy
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Old 04-18-20, 06:46 AM
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Agree with Andrew 100%. With all of the carbon components on that bike, if something gets damaged by over- torquing (or under-torquing, like pedals), your savings by doing it yourself could quickly evaporate, not to mention the possibility of you getting hurt.
You are spending considerable money on the bike, go the little extra and get it assembled and set up right. You might also get some excellent free advice and after-assembly service as part of the bargain. You might also help them to stay in business so that they are around later if you need them.
And treat your head to a good helmet, too, if you already don't have one.
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Iíve read that new wheels shut have spoke tension checked & again after the first hundred miles
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I would not limit the after initial few rides follow up to just the wheels. A wheel "failure" rarely is a safety concern compared to a bar/stem/pedal/crank arm issue. Andy
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Old 04-18-20, 09:59 AM
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Competitive cycles put the bike together and checked everything before they shipped it. I should have specified that by putting the bike together I would be installing the stem on to the fork, and putting the wheels on. I should have been more clear, but in light of this, is the over all recommendation would be to have the lbs put it back together?
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Not that I don't know how to do all the things required to completely assemble a bike...but on those occasions, like when I totally refurbish one for painting/powder coating, etc., I use this step-by-step process I found at Park Tool. I go by it just to make sure I do things in order so that I don't have to disassemble and re-do something I forgot or overlooked...like check the rear wheel hub bearings BEFORE installing the freewheel/cassette and mounting the wheel, for example.

https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair...-bike-assembly

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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
Competitive cycles put the bike together and checked everything before they shipped it.
Maybe. They will have assembled and adjusted it before shipping but relying on them to do everything correctly is naive. How much experience with bike mechanics do you have and do you have any bike specific tools? Are you sure you can tell what is correct from what needs more adjusting and attention? How many of the torque specs do you know and can you adjust to them accurately?

I agree with Andy and dsbrantjr that having a good LBS check it over is money well spent unless your level of expertise is adequate.
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