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)
- 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.
-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)
-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
(DROPOUTS SHOULD FACE FORWARD)
-The stem should line up with the front fork
Check handle bar tightness by sitting on bike and rotating grips firmly forward; you should not be able to twist bar forward
-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
- 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
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
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
-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:
-Attach white reflector to front bracket and red reflector to rear bracket using an 8mm wrench or Phillips Head Screwdriver
-Tighten and angle
-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.
PRE-RIDE CHECK LIST
- Make sure the rear derailleur shifts smoothly up and down the rear cog set by pedaling the bike and clicking up and down each gear
- Check to make sure the front derailleur shifts smoothly up and down the front chain rings
- Give your tires a firm squeeze. They shouldn't have much squish
- Check Brakes Disc or Rim - Depress brake lever 5 times to check that brakes are making contact with the disc or wheel, brake lever stops mid-way, and spin your wheels to check that the brakes are not rubbing
- Check Quick Releases or Thru Axles - Make sure quick releases or thru axle levers are closed and that each and every bolt on your bike is tight and secure
- Correct Saddle Height - Ensure saddle angle is level with the ground and near center on the rails; start saddle height 1 to 2 inches below the top of your hip
*See assembly guide enclosed in box for additional information.