Setting up your shipped bike
Our mechanics build, setup, and check your bicycle before shipping. Condor bikes are never shipped flat packed or just as parts. For UK customers, we use custom oversized boxes in order to safely package and ship the bike to you. We turn the handlebars 90 degrees and remove the pedals (if being supplied) from the bike. We may also remove your seatpost.
Getting your bike ready to ride should take no more than fifteen minutes.
Setting up your handlebars
You will need a multi-tool with Allen key or Torx keys, depending on the stem that is fitted to the bike. Fizik stems use Torx bolts, whilst most other brands use Allen key bolts.
1. Loosen the bolts on the front of the stem (figure A) and rotate the handlebars as illustrated. They may be hooked underneath the top tube of the frame for safe shipping, so may need tilting before turning.
2. Hold the front wheel steady so it is in line with the bicycle frame, and rotate the stem so
it is in line with the front wheel and bicycle frame.
3. Tighten the stem bolts. We recommend you use a torque wrench so as not to over-tighten the bolts. Tighten the bolts in a criss-cross pattern so they’re even. At this stage, check that the handlebars are aligned from left to right.
4. Fine tune the position of the levers. We recommend you position your lever hoods so that they are horizontal. Some handlebar manufacturers provide markings on the bar to help you align the bar in level.
5. Tighten the steerer clamp bolts (figure C). These hold the stem to the steerer column.
Setting up your seat post
If your saddle and seat post will not fit in the box at the height specified in your bike fit, our mechanics will mark the position on the seat post so you know what height to set it at.
Insert the seat post to the marked line and then tighten the seat clamp using an Allen key. Use a torque wrench to ensure you do not over-tighten the bolt.
Fitting your pedals
Shimano pedals are fitted using a 15mm spanner. Others are fitted with a 6mm or 8mm Allen key inserted into the end of the pedal and through the axle thread.
Identify the left and right pedals; they are usually stamped with L and R on the end of the axle. Ensure that the thread has suitable grease on it. If you have purchased pedals with the bike, we will have pre-greased them for you.
The left-hand side or ‘non-drive side’ of the bike is the side that your left leg would pedal. The left pedal has a reverse thread. Rotate the crank arm to 9 o'clock so it is horizontal with the floor.
Offer the pedal up to the crank arm and, with your fingers, carefully turn anti-clockwise to screw the pedal into your left crank arm. After a few turns and when happy that the axle is tightening freely, use a spanner or Allen key as appropriate to fully tighten the pedal to the crank. It is important to ensure that it is tight, as otherwise it may work loose and strip the threads in the crank arm.
Perform the same on the right pedal, but turn the pedal axle clockwise.