The good news is your bike comes 85% assembled in the box. Just dial in a few details and double-check all parts and pieces to make sure your ride is safe and ready to roll. This guide will help assemble your standard build bicycle.
1. 4 & 5mm Hex Allen Keys*
2. 15mm Pedal Wrench or 6mm Allen*
3. Bike Grease
4. Bicycle Tire Pump
5. #2 Phillips Head and Flathead Screwdriver*
6. Box Cutter or Strong Scissors
7. Needle Nose Pliers
8. Cable Cutters
*(comes with bicycle)
1. OPEN UP YOUR BOX
- Open box, be careful to keep the box intact and hold on the packing materials as you can use it for future shipping of your bike.
- Pull out saddle/seat post and bike frame, setting aside warranty guide and small parts box. Remove all packaging material from the frame and cut all zip ties.
- Do not cut any brake/shift cables.
In most cases, the bike will come with the handlebars in this position and one pedal on.
For use of Standard Build: Mountain, Road, City, Youth, & Neighborhood Bikes.
2. INSTALL SEAT POST
-Loosen seat clamp
-Apply a small amount of bike grease to seat post and insert into the seat tube past the minimum insertion/maximum extension line (printed on post bottom)
-Tighten the seat post by clamping down the quick release lever or using a hex wrench to tighten seat post collar to recommended Nm marked on most collars (between 5-8Nm); the quick release lever should have some resistance when closing, but not so much force that it’s difficult to close (DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN)
2. INSTALL SEAT POST (ContINUED)
-Check seat post tightness by grasping the saddle and try to move it side to side; there should be no movement when tight
-When your bike is fully assembled you can fine-tune the saddle height and angle
-Never install your seat post higher than the minimum insert line marked on the seat post
3. TURN FORK TO FORWARD POSITION
(DROPOUTS SHOULD FACE FORWARD)
-The stem should line up with the front fork
4. INSTALL HANDLE BARS
Check handle bar tightness by sitting on bike and rotating grips firmly forward; you should not be able to twist bar forward
5. ATTACH FRONT WHEEL
-Pull plastic protective caps out of hub in front wheel; pull black plastic brace from fork dropouts
-Insert front wheel into the fork dropouts so that the quick release lever is on the non-chain side of the bike
-For bikes with nutted, bolt on front wheel: Loosen nuts on wheel so wheel can insert into fork dropouts; evenly tighten axle nuts to secure
6. CHECK BACK WHEEL
- Inspect back wheel to make sure it’s centered in frame; confirm its trueness by lifting bike and spinning wheel
-For bikes with nutted, bolt on rear wheel: Check to confirm bolts are tight
7. Check Brakes
FOR BIKES WITH CALIPER / V BRAKES:
If brake is not attached, unscrew bolt from front brake and affix to front fork centering front brake while tightening
8. Install Pedals
INSTALL / TIGHTEN WITH 9/16 WRENCH ON ADULT OR ½ INCH WRENCH ON YOUTH
-Do not force a pedal that will not thread on easily or you may cross thread the crank arm and cause damage
9. CHECK SHIFTING
-Check to make sure the rear derailleur shifts smoothly up and down the rear cog set; proper shifting is all related to cable tension
-Check to make sure front derailleur alignment is correct; the outside plate should line up with the large chain ring
If your bike is not shifting correctly, see directions below or visit your manufacturer’s website for specifics and troubleshooting:
10. INSTALL REFLECTORS
-Attach white reflector to front bracket and red reflector to rear bracket using an 8mm wrench or Phillips Head Screwdriver
11. PUMP UP TIRES
-Each tire will have a recommended range of PSI (pounds per square inch) on the sidewall (find your ideal pressure by starting at the midpoint of the tire’s pressure range, then factor in your weight and riding style [heavier riders can use more pressure]) Double check the functionality of your bike before going out on a ride.
DO NOT INFLATE THE MINI SWELL'S TIRES MORE THAN 10 PSI
*See assembly guide enclosed in box for additional information.