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Trueblue_2 14.02.2015 17:47

Importing a bike - how difficult to assemble?
 
Hi, I have a choice of buying a bike, Felt Z85 here for CHF1,280 or from Wiggle at CHF 799 (plus shipping 40 and guestimate at duties bringing total to CHF1,000)

Going local 1st service is free and no hassle vs it is it's a better wheelset from wiggle. Anyone have experience of how difficult they are to reassemble from the two boxes shipped? (I got sized up in a bike shop so know which one to order).

Thanks

Oxbow 14.02.2015 17:57

Re: Importing a bike - how difficult to assemble?
 
Is there an option to buy from Germany? You might be able to get the benefit of a cheaper price with the convenience to buy from a local shop who can help with assembly. It's also nice to know you can take it back to the shop if you have any problems.

dmarkd 14.02.2015 18:13

Re: Importing a bike - how difficult to assemble?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Trueblue_2 (Post 2340776)
Hi, I have a choice of buying a bike, Felt Z85 here for CHF1,280 or from Wiggle at CHF 799 (plus shipping 40 and guestimate at duties bringing total to CHF1,000)

Going local 1st service is free and no hassle vs it is it's a better wheelset from wiggle. Anyone have experience of how difficult they are to reassemble from the two boxes shipped? (I got sized up in a bike shop so know which one to order).

Thanks

Yes. It's very easy. Comes with a 'quick start' guide to put it together, but it's pretty much put the wheels in and put the saddle in. Nothing to worry about.

k_and_e 14.02.2015 18:29

Re: Importing a bike - how difficult to assemble?
 
Why not call bicycle repair man?

petertaylor123 14.02.2015 23:13

Re: Importing a bike - how difficult to assemble?
 
I ordered a Planet X bike last year, from Sheffield.

If you can physically hold a 5mm allen key and twist it, you will be fine.

I had to set up the handle bars, top cap and stem.
Pop the wheels in and put air in them.
Slide the saddle in.
Making sure its all set up correctly size-wise, is the most difficult thing.

Stick the peddles on.

Go for a ride!

It was basically an hour of fettling.

However, I had to do a bit fettling with the gears.
Indexing both front and rear mech.
But again not hard to do. It is just twisting barrel adjusters until it stops going 'click-ety clack'
Especially if you follow some online guides.
(GCN on YouTube and sheldonbrown.com are good places to start for ALL of this stuff)
You will probably have to do this after a few weeks of riding anyway, due to cable stretch.
If you find this a bit scary, buy from a local shop, as they 'should' probably do it for free as part of the sales anyway.

But it is pretty straight forward. Just take your time.

Halfasleep 14.02.2015 23:47

Re: Importing a bike - how difficult to assemble?
 
buying from CRC comes in just the one box all you have to do is twist the front in place. why does wiggle still use two boxes is one just for the wheels?

Trueblue_2 15.02.2015 01:08

Re: Importing a bike - how difficult to assemble?
 
Thanks for your advise, it's the fettling with the gears that's the concern! Still I took a hybrid bike in today for a service as the gears were sticking and the guy there said if I ran in to problems he would sort the whole thing out or even build from the boxed and setup for CHF 200..... kind of defeats the object but it's a fallback! He wasn;t in conflict as he only sells carbon so a somewhat higher price range!

Yes Wiggle still say they ship the wheels in the second box, a pitty not like CRC as you say.

Craban 15.02.2015 16:17

Re: Importing a bike - how difficult to assemble?
 
Depending on the assembly level before shipment it could be a major pain or as easy as twisting the handlebars in position. So double check that with wiggle.
If they'll send you the original boxes that come from the factory you'll need a mechanic to do that for you, and it wont be cheap.

Be careful when messing with carbon parts yourself. These are very fragile.
All bolts are marked for specific torque, and will break really quick if overtightened.


PM if you need further help.
Your Bicycle repairman.

dmarkd 15.02.2015 19:04

Re: Importing a bike - how difficult to assemble?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Craban (Post 2341128)
Depending on the assembly level before shipment it could be a major pain or as easy as twisting the handlebars in position. So double check that with wiggle.
If they'll send you the original boxes that come from the factory you'll need a mechanic to do that for you, and it wont be cheap.

Be careful when messing with carbon parts yourself. These are very fragile.
All bolts are marked for specific torque, and will break really quick if overtightened.


PM if you need further help.
Your Bicycle repairman.

Like I said earlier, in my experience with Wiggle it's pretty straightforward.
Here is what they say Wiggle

Baz09 15.02.2015 19:16

Re: Importing a bike - how difficult to assemble?
 
I'm the worst person I know for DIY and assembly....ordered a road bike from Canyon and it took 15 minutes to assemble. Idiot proof!! :msncool::msncool:

Craban 16.02.2015 01:24

Re: Importing a bike - how difficult to assemble?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Baz09 (Post 2341226)
I'm the worst person I know for DIY and assembly....ordered a road bike from Canyon and it took 15 minutes to assemble. Idiot proof!! :msncool::msncool:

There's two possible outcomes in this case. Either you're riding a very crappy bike which will fall apart going downhill at 50kmh or,

Your not as bad at DIY as you think.
:)


OP:
You can try to assemble it yourself, but I would strongly recommend getting it checked by a professional before riding.

Trueblue_2 22.02.2015 12:43

Re: Importing a bike - how difficult to assemble?
 
Thanks for all of the advise. In the end I decided to get a Felt Z85 from my local bike shop who couldn't have been more helpful and picked it up yesterday. (currently offering 10% off Felt list due to EURCHF)
Welcome Sports - Zug.

It's a first go at road biking so at least I will know if i don't get into it it won't be because the bike was incorrectly set up by me! Come on the spring weather!
Thanks

petertaylor123 22.02.2015 18:26

Re: Importing a bike - how difficult to assemble?
 
Good work TrueBlue!
Congratulations on your shiny new bike!
I'm sure you will enjoy riding it.

Try and find some quiet, traffic free roads and you will like it even more!

Cycle safe.

And just remember, the better you get, the faster you will be able to ride. But it will hurt just the same! 😜😜


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