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How To Assemble A New Road Bike From PerformanceBike.com

Congratulations on getting your new bike. You’re probably pretty excited to get out and ride, so to help you put your new bike together, we’ve created this step-by-step instruction guide so you can do that as quickly as possible. Putting a road bike together is relatively straight forward, and you should be on the road in no time. You’ll need a few tools and a little bit of knowhow for this—but don’t worry—if you get hung up at any step you can always call our certified Spin Doctor Tech Support to help you through any tricky parts (1-800-553-8324). And don’t forget, if you live near a Performance Bicycle retail store, you can always bring your new bike in for service for as long as you own it with our Free Lifetime Adjustments.


If for any reason, you do not have the proper tools or are not confident building a bike yourself, we strongly suggest that you take your bike to a local bike shop for assistance or have them assemble it. They may charge you a fee to do so.

 

TOOLS YOU NEED

  • Box cutter or scissors
  • Hex wrench set (typically 6mm, 5mm and 4mm wrenches are required)
  • Pedal wrench
  • Cable cutters
  • Bike grease
  • Bike stand (preferred)
  • Bike pump
  • Philips Head screw driver

1. UNPACKING & ASSEMBLING YOUR NEW ROAD BIKE

» Carefully cut through the top of cardboard with 
   a sharp box cutter or a pair of scissors. (A)

 

2. ONCE THE BOX IS OPEN

»  Remove the saddle and the seatpost.
»  Remove the bike. (A)
»  Remove the small parts box. (B)
»  Be sure that all parts and material are removed before proceeding.
»  Carefully remove all of the packaging material from the bike. Remove all cardboard 
    and material from the bike frame.    
»  Remove all cardboard and material from the bike frame.
»  Detach front wheel from the side of the bike frame.
»  Remove all cardboard and material from the front wheel including the protective 
    axle plugs. (C)
»  Remove all cardboard and material from the handlebar, stem and fork.

3. INSTALL THE SEATPOST

» Apply a small amount of grease to the inside of the seat tube and the seatpost below 
   the minimum insertion line. (A) FOR CARBON SEATPOST INSTALLATION APPLY CARBON PASTE. DO NOT GREASE THE SEAT TUBE.
» Loosen the bike frame seat clamp and insert the seatpost beyond the minimum 
   insertion line. (B)
» Clamp down the quick release lever or use a hex wrench to tighten. (C)
DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN. OVER TIGHTENING CAN LEAD TO PRODUCT FAILURE AND RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH.

4. INSTALL THE STEM AND HANDLEBAR (BE SURE THAT YOUR CABLE ROUTING IS APPROPRIATE AND THAT THERE ARE NO KINKS IN THE CABLES):

» Prior to stem installation, remove top cap from steerer tube with hex wrench.
» Install stem (located in the small parts box) by sliding it on to the steerer tube. 
   Tighten stem bolts, reinstall and tighten top cap with hex wrench.
» Remove the stem faceplate bolts with a hex wrench. (A)
» Place the handlebar in the stem. Make sure the handlebar is positioned 
   appropriately. (B)
» Re-secure the faceplate and bolts to the stem with a hex wrench by alternately 
   and equally tightening them. For reference, the gap opening between the faceplate 
   and the stem should be equal on both the top and bottom. (C)
DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN. OVER TIGHTENING CAN LEAD TO PRODUCT FAILURE AND RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH

5. INSTALL THE FRONT WHEEL

» Install the quick release skewer (located in the small parts box) through the 
   axle of the front wheel. Note positioning of the coil springs on the skewer 
   before mounting. (A)
» Mount the front wheel on the fork. The quick-release lever should be on the 
   non-drive side (for reference, this is the left side of the bike if you were sitting 
   on the saddle). (B)
» Tighten the skewer. Once tightened, make sure that the quick-release is 
   tucked upwards to avoid snags. (C)

6. MOUNT THE FRONT BRAKE CALIPER TO THE FORK

» Unscrew the recessed brake bolt from the caliper bolt. (A)
» Insert the caliper bolt through the opening in the fork crown. (B)
» Thread the recessed brake bolt onto the caliper bolt through the other side 
   of the fork crown opening.
» Secure the caliper with a hex wrench (for reference, the caliper should be 
   centered to the wheel). (C)

7. INSTALL THE FRONT BRAKE CABLE

» Run the front brake cable through the front brake barrel adjuster (make sure 
   that the brake quick-release lever is in the open or up position). (A)
» Guide the cable through the cable tensioner bolt. (B)
» Tighten down the cable with the cable tensioner bolt using a hex wrench. (C)
» Close the brake quick-release lever. This will shift the brake pads closer to 
   the wheel rim. (D)
» Cut off excess cable with cable cutters leaving approximately 1 ½” of cable. (E)
» Crimp cable end (cable crimp located in small parts box) to avoid fraying. 
   Note: your brake pads may need adjusting once the brake is assembled. 
   Align pads to be parallel with the rim surface. Loosen and retighten the cable 
   tensioner bolt as needed. Pad should not contact the rim during 
   wheel revolution. (F)

8. INSTALL PEDALS

» Apply a small amount of grease to each pedals 
   threads.
» Install right pedal (“R” located on pedal axle or 
   spindle) with pedal wrench by threading into the 
   drive side crank arm in clockwise direction (for 
   reference this is the right side of the bike if you 
   were sitting on the saddle).
DO NOT FORCE A PEDAL THAT WILL NOT THREAD 
EASILY.
You may inadvertently cross-thread the 
   crankarm which will result in damage to the 
   product. Tighten pedal with a pedal wrench. (A)
» Install left pedal with pedal wrench by threading into the non-drive side crank arm in 
   a counter clockwise direction (for reference this is the left side of the bike if you were 
   sitting on the saddle). DO NOT FORCE A PEDAL THAT WILL NOT THREAD EASILY. 
   You may inadvertently cross-thread the crank arm which will result in damage to the 
   product. Tighten pedal with a pedal wrench.

9. INFLATE TIRES

» Each tire has a manufacturer’s recommended PSI 
    located on the sidewall. Please follow the 
    recommended inflation setting. (A)

 

10. INSTALL REFLECTORS

» Install seatpost reflector (colored red, located in the small parts box) to the 
   seatpost with a Phillips head screwdriver. Use provided shims (located in the 
   small parts box) as necessary for a secure fit.
» Install handlebar reflector (colored clear, located in the small parts box) to the 
   andlebar with a Phillips head screwdriver. Use provided shims (located in the 
   small parts box) as necessary for a secure fit.

11. FINAL CHECK

» Make sure that everything on the bike is secure before riding.
» Make sure that your front and rear brake function properly.
» Make sure that the handlebars and stem are tight and do not move when you 
   hold the front wheel between your legs and twist them.
» Make sure that the bike shifts gears properly (if applicable)


If for any reason, you do not have the proper tools or are not confident to build a bike yourself, we strongly suggest that you take your bike to a local bike shop for assistance or have them assemble it. They may charge you a fee to do so.

» Download Assembly Instructions PDF

 

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