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Any bike repair shops in Zurich that will fit parts you buy and bring to them?

I want to upgrade my mountain bike with new parts (brakes and shocks) I have sourced online and have been to a couple of bike shops that say they will only fit or upgrade a bike with parts that they source themselves (for profit and warranty reasons).

Does anyone please know of any bike shops in Zurich that will fit parts that you buy and bring to them or is it just standard that none will do this?

Yes I could learn to do it myself but I don't trust myself enough with this stuff to put my stake my life on it.

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Re: Any bike repair shops in Zurich that will fit parts you buy and bring to them?

Parts sourced locally are 2-3 times the internet price and labour is pretty expensive.

I am also not the most tech savvy person but upgraded the front disc brake 2 weeks ago, which was actually really easy. You just need to have the right tools.
Rear disc brake may be more difficult in case the cable goes through the frame.
No idea about the shock but generally there are plenty of DIY videos on youtube.
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Re: Any bike repair shops in Zurich that will fit parts you buy and bring to them?

As someone who used to build bikes, I have a pretty open mind about such things. Unfortunately, I can’t answer your question directly.

Depending on your situation, I may be able to give you some suggestions though. Are you self sourcing because you can’t find a dealer here or because you can get them much cheaper? Are they used or new parts?

Regardless, forks and brakes are two areas I’d suggest learning how to do even if you pay someone to do them anyway. Staking your life on a shop mechanic can also be risky.
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Parts sourced locally are 2-3 times the internet price and labour is pretty expensive.

I am also not the most tech savvy person but upgraded the front disc brake 2 weeks ago, which was actually really easy. You just need to have the right tools.
Rear disc brake may be more difficult in case the cable goes through the frame.
No idea about the shock but generally there are plenty of DIY videos on youtube.
It is an entire brake system change, and no way do I want to DIY job of something as major as that when my life hangs in the balance.

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Staking your life on a shop mechanic can also be risky.
Thansk for taking the time to respond but this makes zero logical sense to me. Why would I not trust a trained and experienced professional in a dedicated bike shop to do a job that I am not comfortable with or trained for? Should I fix my car problems by myself despite having no experience too?

My reasons for wanting to pay someone for mechanical work quality and safety are obvious, and I specifically stated in the OP that I do not want to do it myself having fully considered the situation. I am looking purely for info as to if anyone knows any bike shops that will do the job.
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Old 25.04.2019, 15:06
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Should I fix my car problems by myself despite having no experience too?
Yes.

That's how I learned.

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Thansk for taking the time to respond but this makes zero logical sense to me. Why would I not trust a trained and experienced professional in a dedicated bike shop to do a job that I am not comfortable with or trained for?
Because, it's implied, the person doing it may not be sufficiently qualified or experienced, and may not be familiar with the specific parts you've bought,

I've done loads of upgrades, including stuff like changing from 6 to 8 speed gears, swapping suspension forks for rigids, changing headset type, brakes, etc. some of which requires a lot of time and fiddling, and often a certain amount of bodging, to get right, and a bike shop that's not making any profit from parts sales won't always be very keen to go all out to get a job done correctly - they'd much rather just get more parts, like replacing a whole wheel rather than re-dishing the old one for a change of offset. (Just one example, not necessarily relevant in your case.)

So yeah, if you go to a reputable dealer and say "do this upgrade, whatever parts you need, cost no object" they'll probably do it well enough (although in many cases they'd likely suggest just buying a new bike) and guarantee the result, but bolting on some new parts supplied by the customer will mean that it's you taking the risk, not the shop.
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Because, it's implied, the person doing it may not be sufficiently qualified or experienced, and may not be familiar with the specific parts you've bought,

I've done loads of upgrades, including stuff like changing from 6 to 8 speed years, some of which requires a lot of time to get right, and a bike shop that's not making much profit from parts sales won't always be very keen to go all out to get a job done correctly - they'd much rather just get more parts, like replacing a whole wheel rather than re-dishing the old one for a change of offset. (Just one example, not necessarily relevant in your case.)

So yeah, if you go to a reputable dealer and say "do this upgrade, whatever parts you need, cost no object" they'll probably do it well enough (although in many cases they'd likely suggest just buying a new bike) and guarantee the result, but bolting on some new parts supplied by the customer will mean that it's you taking the risk, not the shop.
Lets just agree to disagree on the logic of me vs a trained mechanic doing the work, and I will repeat that I am only looking to pay someone to do it and asking if anyone knows anywhere that I can do so. Cheers.
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Lets just agree to disagree on the logic of me vs a trained mechanic doing the work, and I will repeat that I am only looking to pay someone to do it and asking if anyone knows anywhere that I can do so. Cheers.
I'm not necessarily in agreement that you should just do it yourself - sorry if I gave that impression - rather trying to explain why the previous poster thinks that way, and why you're struggling to find a shop willing to do your work and guarantee the end result.

If I were local to you I'd gladly offer to help, but costing in the round trip to Zürich would probably blow your budget.
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I'm not necessarily in agreement that you should just do it yourself - sorry if I gave that impression - rather trying to explain why you're unlikely to find a shop willing to do your work and guarantee the end result.

If I were local to you I'd gladly offer to help, but costing in the round trip to Zürich would probably blow your budget.
Thanks Ace1 and that is a kind offer which I appreciate. I'd prefer to explore professional bike shop options first though. If that completely fails I shall maybe advertise on EF... but that would be a last resort I think (just in view of potential complications).
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Re: Any bike repair shops in Zurich that will fit parts you buy and bring to them?

My suggestion would be start with Veloplus. I have not used them myself though. They list the price of different service offerings so you can estimate how much it would cost.



Although on the website it says "Sie haben bei Veloplus Zubehör gekauft und wünschen Unterstützung bei der Montage? Kein Problem! ", I would suggest to give them a call and ask if they would still do the service if you bought the parts elsewhere.
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Re: Any bike repair shops in Zurich that will fit parts you buy and bring to them?

I can recommend metropolitan bike in Kreis 6:

https://www.metropolitan-bike.ch


No problem to bring other parts or other brands.
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It is an entire brake system change, and no way do I want to DIY job of something as major as that when my life hangs in the balance.

Thansk for taking the time to respond but this makes zero logical sense to me. Why would I not trust a trained and experienced professional in a dedicated bike shop to do a job that I am not comfortable with or trained for? Should I fix my car problems by myself despite having no experience too?

My reasons for wanting to pay someone for mechanical work quality and safety are obvious, and I specifically stated in the OP that I do not want to do it myself having fully considered the situation. I am looking purely for info as to if anyone knows any bike shops that will do the job.

I didn't suggest or recommend that you do it yourself. I merely offered that learning to do the work, even while paying someone else every time, would be prudent for someone biking in high-risk situations.

In addition to what Ace1 mentioned, knowing what's involved serves as an additional check to ensure that the work is done properly and perhaps more importantly on the trails, allows you to identify potential problems with brakes or suspension before it becomes a catastrophe.
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Hi Chuff…

I am sorry, but I think you are in a tough situation. Bike stores generally do not want to do this and it is because (as you said) they earn quite a bit selling components. I did this once and the bike store owner did the job, but was really kind of nasty about it. I basically got told not to come back.

Maybe if you go to an independent bike store (without your bike) and explain the situation and also offer to pay for some of the profit that the store loses due to you bringing the components in?

The problem is compounded that it is May and (I read somewhere) that bike stores do almost all their business around April, May and June so they are probably filled with repair jobs and don’t really need yours now. I know that to get a repair now at an independent store, you normally have to make an appointment and then bring your bike back. (By the way, this is one of the things I don’t understand about Switzerland. How can it be that the bike stores don’t need to or want to work like crazy in these months when they could earn a ton?)

I actually think your best bet would be to post an add and ask a hobbyist to make the repair for you. There are tons of bike enthusiasts with full sets of tools who might like to earn a bit of extra money and would do this for you?

Good luck… I’ve been in your shoes (or cleats) and it is no fun having something you want done on your bike and not being able to do it yourself AND not being able to ask a bike store.
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Ok well I found out that Ochsner Sport will do upgrades that you bring to them. They charge 80chf per hour for the work performed and provide guarantee against bad workmanship (basically if they make a mistake). https://www.ochsnersport.ch/de/shop/...t-service.html

Exactly what I was looking for, so now I can upgrade my bike pretty cost-effectively.

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I can recommend metropolitan bike in Kreis 6:

https://www.metropolitan-bike.ch


No problem to bring other parts or other brands.
Thanks, will check them out also!
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