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Old 04-06-10, 11:56 AM
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How much assembly is required when buying it straight from the box?

Hi Everyone

I'm looking to purchase a new xc rig straight from the box and wondering which parts are typically already assembled and which ones aren't?
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Old 04-06-10, 12:02 PM
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Would think it would depend who you're buying from...and would also think they'll specify what you have to do to finish assembly.
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Old 04-06-10, 12:54 PM
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You'll have to put the pedals on, saddle, front wheel, in some cases the handlebars, if it's an off road rig, grips will need to be put on, they'll usually leave the reflector for the fork off. Inflate the tubes in the tires, setup the mechs, and cinch all bolts as a last exercise before riding. Make sure everything is tight. Make sure all cable housing ends are set in the stops properly.

I used to build for a shop back in Everett, WA. and it taught me to approach any bike I worked on as though I were setting it up for my daughter, so I made sure everything had been touched before it went on the floor.

BTW, I don't have a daughter, but I setup bikes like I did and she would be the one to ride the bike, or a son, which I also do not have.

I hope that helps.
 
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Originally Posted by thompsonpost View Post
You'll have to put the pedals on, saddle, front wheel, in some cases the handlebars, if it's an off road rig, grips will need to be put on, they'll usually leave the reflector for the fork off. Inflate the tubes in the tires, setup the mechs, and cinch all bolts as a last exercise before riding. Make sure everything is tight. Make sure all cable housing ends are set in the stops properly.

I used to build for a shop back in Everett, WA. and it taught me to approach any bike I worked on as though I were setting it up for my daughter, so I made sure everything had been touched before it went on the floor.

BTW, I don't have a daughter, but I setup bikes like I did and she would be the one to ride the bike, or a son, which I also do not have.

I hope that helps.
Yes it certainly does, thanks.

I'm most likely going to be receiving it as if it was going to a bike shop, so I was assume that i would need to install the brifters, brakes, fork, suspension, etc. From the sounds of it, these should already come preinstalled?
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The fork will be installed and the head set should be set from the box. Not sure about the brifters. I've never used or installed them, and have never built a box bike that came with them.

As far as suspension, it sounds like we're talking road bike and I didn't know they came with suspension, but that should be installed, as well.
 
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Originally Posted by thompsonpost View Post
The fork will be installed and the head set should be set from the box. Not sure about the brifters. I've never used or installed them, and have never built a box bike that came with them.

As far as suspension, it sounds like we're talking road bike and I didn't know they came with suspension, but that should be installed, as well.
This would be for a dual suspension mountain bike.
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I didn't know brifters could be used on an mtb/xc. 'Learn something new everyday.
 
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I didn't know brifters could be used on an mtb/xc. 'Learn something new everyday.
Yup, i definitely prefer them over the separate brake and shifter setup.
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Depends a bit on what you mean by brifter, too. I've been using brifters in the sense that the brake/shifter levers are incorporated as a unit on a single clamp, but then there are brifters where the brake and shifter levers are a single lever, then there are the road style brifters...

I've received bikes ordered from Santa Cruz where everything needed installation, but also SC had some kits that came partially preassembled, too. So details still count....what bike are you ordering?
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Originally Posted by bikinfool View Post
Depends a bit on what you mean by brifter, too. I've been using brifters in the sense that the brake/shifter levers are incorporated as a unit on a single clamp, but then there are brifters where the brake and shifter levers are a single lever, then there are the road style brifters...

I've received bikes ordered from Santa Cruz where everything needed installation, but also SC had some kits that came partially preassembled, too. So details still count....what bike are you ordering?
It's either going to be a Titus Motolite or a Racer X.
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Originally Posted by xfimpg View Post
It's either going to be a Titus Motolite or a Racer X.
Might try in this forum for some more experience http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=29
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Depends a bit on what you mean by brifter, too. I've been using brifters in the sense that the brake/shifter levers are incorporated as a unit on a single clamp, but then there are brifters where the brake and shifter levers are a single lever, then there are the road style brifters...

I've received bikes ordered from Santa Cruz where everything needed installation, but also SC had some kits that came partially preassembled, too. So details still count....what bike are you ordering?
So then, my Ellsworth Distance is equipped with brifters. I bought it totally unassembled off the wall of the LBS in 2006. Wow. I didn't know they were called that. I thought, and can't understand why, that brifters were only used on road bikes because of the brake lever shape. I guess I've been using brifters as long as I have been mountain biking. I've never used shifters or levers separately except for a year when I used twist shift.

I dropped road bikes in '95 after at least 25 years. Been busting the bushes strictly since then.

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Originally Posted by bikinfool View Post
Might try in this forum for some more experience http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=29
Excellent idea, thanks!
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Originally Posted by thompsonpost View Post
So then, my Ellsworth Distance is equipped with brifters. I bought it totally unassembled off the wall of the LBS in 2006. Wow. I didn't know they were called that. I thought, and can't understand why, that brifters were only used on road bikes because of the brake lever shape. I guess I've been using brifters as long as I have been mountain biking. I've never used shifters or levers separately except for a year when I used twist shift.

I dropped road bikes in '95 after at least 25 years. Been busting the bushes strictly since then.
Similar thing here. I sold my roadie today and going back to mtbing. No more looking behind me to see if i'm going to get run over by a car or truck.
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Similar thing here. I sold my roadie today and going back to mtbing. No more looking behind me to see if i'm going to get run over by a car or truck.
I gave up on pavement all together. Got a Schwinn S-20 back in '97 I think, the model with the large BB shell for the sweet spot, had to get a Hollywood trunk rack, strapped that baby on, tossed the S-20 on and never looked back. I don't ride pavement anymore so I dropped the reflectors, mirrors, and don't like to take my Velociraptors anywhere on asphalt or cement. Mud is good. Scabs are good. These are a few of my favorite things.
 

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