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Questions on how Bike Shops "build-up" a bike(6 posts)

Questions on how Bike Shops "build-up" a bikeArvinC
May 26, 2003 6:14 AM
Hello everyone. Gotta' couple of questions about how bike shops work when it comes to building-up a bike:

1.) When they get that big box from the bike manufacturer, does it contain everything, i.e. the grouppo, cables, saddle, wheels, etc.?

2.) For frame and fork only purchases, when they assemble a bike with the group of your choice, do they typicaly use a build-kit, or do they just piece everything together from the components at hand?

My questions arise because when shopping for a hybrid bike for my girlfriend, I noticed that several bicycles of the same model & manufacturer had different components. Sometimes the saddle was different, other times it was wheels and tires. However, they were all sporting the same Shimano Acera grouppo.
Depends.Spoke Wrench
May 26, 2003 7:12 AM
Stock bikes from major manufacturers general come partially assembled and with everything needed in one box. Manufacturers do sometimes make permanent "running changes" in the component spec., and they frequently will temporarily substitute components other than what is listed in the catalogue.

Bikes from smaller manufacturers are frrequently shipped as a frame and fork only. The bike manufacturer makes arrangements for a "bike build kit," which contains everything else needed to build a bike, to be shipped separately from an independent supplier.

Bikes sold as frame only or as framesets come from the manufacturer as just that alone. The bike shop makes arrangements to either obtain a bike build kit or to accumulate all of the other necessary parts from various suppliers.
May 26, 2003 12:52 PM
The mechanic pro at Walmart said that it all comes in the box.....should I believe him or not......
Depends.harry hall
May 26, 2003 3:45 PM
A line that shows up in many bike mfgr's catalogs is "Specifications subject to change without notice." To publicly praise one such company, the Trek Empire tries to substitute up when running out of something; one year, a popular model of theirs started off the year as a Shimano 105 equipped bike, it was a year where 105 was an unexpectedly hot selling group and they ran out. The last batch of that model that my employer got was essentially an Ultegra equipped bike with 105 brake calipers without an increase in price--sometimes, the consumer and dealer win!
A store in my area allegedly got a Mirage-specced Bianchi with a set of REcord Carbon controls! Some Bianchi employee obviously mistook one black Ergopower lever set for another.
"mechanic pro at Walmart" is oxymoronic (nm)Alexx
May 27, 2003 6:08 AM
You should believe him....nmbicyclerepairman
May 27, 2003 11:32 AM