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New Bike Set-up Instructions

New Bike Set-Up Instructions

Once you have received your new bike from Tredz, there are just a few steps to do before you are ready to ride.

Straighten the handlebars


1
Check that the front wheel is the right way around

Rigid fork – Road bikes & some hybrids - fork bends or slopes slightly forward

Rigid forks in the correct direction
Rigid forks in the incorrect direction

Rim brake calliper in front of fork (apart from some high end aero road bikes)
or disc brake rotors are both on the left (non-drive) side of the bike

Rigid forks in the correct direction
Rigid forks in the incorrect direction

Suspension fork – MTBs & some hybrids

Suspension forks in the correct direction

Front wheel axle is slightly in front of the fork legs and (a) Disc brake rotors are both on the left (non-drive) side of the bike…

Suspension forks in the correct direction - the rim brakes are in front of the fork

… or rim brake calliper in front of the fork (b)



2
Identify stem type

Ahead stems

Threadless ‘Ahead’ stem & headset –
One top bolt and one or two side bolts

Jump to Ahead Stem
Quill stems

Quill stem with threaded headset –
One top bolt (sometimes covered with a plug)

Jump to Quill Stem



3a
Line up the handlebars - Threadless ‘Ahead’ stem

Ensure the top and side stem bolts are in place and loose

a. Ensure the top and side stem bolts are in place and loosened

Line up the handlebars so they are at 90 degrees to the front wheel. This doesn’t need to be perfect at this stage as we will be checking it again later.

b. Line up the handlebars so they are at 90 degrees to the front wheel. This doesn’t need to be perfect at this stage as we will be checking it again later.

Tighten the top bolt, using the multi tool provided, until resistance is felt

c. Tighten the top bolt, using the multi tool provided only until resistance is felt.

Check the headset for play by holding the front brake and rocking the bike back and forward vigorously. If there is play tighten the top bolt a little more

d. Check the headset for play (fore/aft movement) by holding the front brake and rocking the bike back and forward vigorously. If there is play tighten the top bolt a little more.

Check that the handlebars are still at 90 degrees to the front wheel when viewed from above

e. Check that the handlebars are still at 90 degrees to the front wheel when viewed from above. 

Tighten the side stem bolts to secure the stem in position

f. Tighten the side stem bolts to secure the stem in position. 

Check that the stem is secure: Place the front wheel between your legs and twist the handlebars. If the stem moves, tighten the stem bolt further

g. Check that the stem is secure: Place the front wheel between your legs and twist the handlebars. If the stem moves, tighten the side stem bolt further. 

Note: Be careful not to over tighten as this can cause damage. Tredz recommend using a torque wrench to tighten bolts to manufacturer recommended settings


3b
Line up the handlebars - Quill Stem

Rotate the handle bar

a. Rotate the handlebar

Line up the handlebar so that it is at 90degrees to the front wheel when viewed from above

b. Line up the handlebar so that it is 90 degrees to the front wheel when viewed from above. 

Carefully remove the plug covering the top stem bolt (if present) with your fingers or a flat head screwdriver

c. Carefully remove the plug covering the top stem bolt (if present) with your fingers or a flat head screwdriver.

Tighten the bolt, using the multi tool provided, until resistance is felt. Reattach the plug if needed

d. Tighten the bolt, using the multi tool provided until resistance is felt. Reattach the plug if needed.

Check that the stem is secure: Place the front wheel between your legs and twist the handlebars. If the stem moves, reset the position and tighten the stem bolt further

e. Check that the stem is secure: Place the front wheel between your legs and twist the handlebars. If the stem moves, reset the position and tighten the stem bolt further.

Note: Be careful not to over tighten as this can cause damage. Tredz recommend using a torque wrench to tighten bolts to manufacturer recommended settings

Set handlebar position

Sometimes, especially on road bikes, the handlebars may be rotated for transit and need to be rotated to the correct riding position.
To set your handlebars in the correct position:


1
Loosen the bolts on the stem face plate so that you can rotate the bars

Ahead stem - 4 bolt face plate
Quill stem - 2 bolt face plate

2
Rotate the handlebars to the correct position

Correct bar position
Incorrect bar position

For road bike drop bars, the top part of the drops behind brake lever should be parallel to the ground

Flat bar - Normal position
Flat bar - Upswept position

Flat handlebars are usually positioned correctly (with a slight rise and back-sweep) although you can rotate them slightly to find the most comfortable hand position.


3
Tighten the face plate bolts

Figure of 8 tightening pattern on a 4 bolt stem face plate

Tighten the face plate bolts gradually in a figure of eight pattern to ensure you get even tension on all sides. Tighten the bolts until the bars are secure – torque settings are usually printed on the stem.



Fitting the pedals

Pedals are left/right specific. Failure to follow these instructions may cause damage and invalidate your guarantee.
You can also watch our pedal fitting video below.

1
Identify left and right pedals

Identifying left and right pedals

Look for the letter L or R stamped on the end of the axle or on the pedal body. It is important to identify the pedals correctly as the Left pedal has an anti-clockwise thread that will only fit on the Left crank  while the Right pedal has a clockwise thread and will only fit on the Right crank.

2
Identify left and right cranks

Identifying left and right cranks

The Right-side crank will have the chain and chain ring(s) attached, the Left-side crank is on the opposite side to the drivetrain.

3
Start tightening the pedals

Start tightening pedals by hand - Left
Start tightening pedals by hand - Right

Do this by hand to start with to avoid damaging the thread. If you notice excessive resistance check that you have identified the pedals and crank arms correctly and try again. Applying a little grease to the pedal threads will make it easier to change them in the future.

Installing the pedals on the wrong side of the bike will strip the threads of the crank arm which can cause a hazard when riding. Please ensure you tighten the right pedal clockwise and the left pedal anti clockwise.

4
Tighten the pedals

Once you have tightened the pedals as much as you can by hand use the 15mm spanner included with your bike and tighten them further. When installed correctly, pedals are self tightening so you only only need to tighten them with the spanner until you feel resistance (or to a specific torque setting if specified).

Battery Connection – E bikes only

Installing a battery on the frame of an electric bike

On electric bikes where the battery is housed on the frame, ensure that the battery is firmly pressed into the frame before locking it in place.

Once locked in place, check the battery is housed correctly and does not move.

Failure to lock the battery in place before riding can cause damage to your electric bike.