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Bikes Direct strikes again! With pics...

Old 05-11-13, 08:50 PM
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Bikes Direct strikes again! With pics...

It's mostly a road bike.

So kid number one outgrows the 24" CX bike, ready for real wheels. Decides flat bars are the way to go. Hmmmm, nothing quite right available off the shelf, what can we do?

Bikes Direct Gravity Liberty. 42cm. Cute, right? Billed as a disc brake commuter thing, but should be a great CX weapon as well with some help.

After much drama with UPS getting the thing signed for, we crack the box and start stripping parts. The thing cost $500 to my doorstep and came with unnamed shimano 3x8 and a Sora rear derailleur. It comes with drop bars and interrupter levers. Whatever.

Throw it up on the stand. Standard bike shop level of assembly. No biggie. Off come the bars, seat, seatpost, rear derailleur, front derailleur, all three chain rings, junk tires and the cassette. Maybe I.ll get $50 off craigslist...

On goes the good stuff. Mostly all things i had laying around. Ready?

.XT 9 speed shifter
.XTR rear derailleur
.Single alloy 38t front ring
.JumpStop chain retainer.
.BBG bashguard on order
.old Ti bars I had laying around on stock stem.
. Avid speed dial levers
. Stolen grips
. Loads seatpost
. Salsa seat clamp
. Vetta Ti railed saddle
. Shimano 11.36 cassette
. SRAM 950 chain
. 520 SPD pedals
. Ritchey SpeedMax rear and Kenda folding tires


So basically I bought the frame.fork, wheels, brakes and cranks. And tossed the rest.

The stock brakes seem to be generic avid copies. Function well. We.ll see how they hold up. The wheels are VERY heavy.

The bike came with short cranks, which is good. But a 130bcd. Odd on a small bike. This may be the next change. Really could use a 34 up front.

Quality is as good as any brand name bike. A great value. If you are in PDX, look for it at ShortTrack and Crusade.

The only downer was that the front wheel came with a big wow in it. I will call on Monday and let you all know how it goes.

Lucky kid, right?

That's all.
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Old 05-11-13, 09:28 PM
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Why didn't you just buy a frame if you weren't planning on using the components on a complete bike? Entire post seems frankly, mostly illogical.

And based on your subject line, I see nothing in your post that suggest BD striking again. Even the bent wheel is just a smash during shipment.

And BTW; once the bike is all apart, the freight company is no longer going to be willing to deal with you on any potential damages to a wheel.

The rule is that one examines a shipment closely and notes any issues to the carrier on the spot. If it was a box dropped off where you weren't there to inspect it for damages and there are issues, then hold the box as is until they can examine it. Otherwise it is on you to eat the damage...

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Old 05-11-13, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by ksisler
blah, blah, blah. .
Really? You took a cool and fun bike build to negative.town?

You must be a joy to hang out with.

Only in the 41...
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can I have the wheel for my trainer?
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"Lucky kid, right?"


Because? And the point is?

You just rebuilt a new bike, congratulations on your skills!
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Originally Posted by spectastic
can I have the wheel for my trainer?
Now all you need is a cassette.
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