Ready Ride - Build Your Mountain Bike


We've done all the hard work to make it as easy as possible for you to get out and riding. Just follow these simple steps:

Assembly Time

  • Level 1 - "Never-Ever" Never assembled a bike and working with tools isn't your forte'
    Assembly Time 60-80 minutes
  • Level 2 - "I'm Handy" Never assembled a bike yet you are pretty mechanically handy.
    Assembly Time 40-50 minutes
  • Level 3 - "DIY Bike Mechanic" Never fully assembled a bike but have done a little bike tuning
    Assembly Time 30-40 minutes
  • Level 4 - "Certified" You’re a skilled bicycle mechanic
    Time yourself, I bet you can assemble this bike in less than 10 minutes

Tools Needed

  1. 4, 5mm Hex Allen Keys* (comes with bicycle)
  2. 15mm Pedal Wrench or 6mm Allen * (comes with bicycle)
  3. Bike Grease* 
  4. Bicycle Tire Pump*
  5. #2 Phillips Head and Flathead Screwdriver *
  6. Box Cutter or Strong Scissors
  7. Needle Nose Pliers
  8. Cable Cutters
  9. Shock Pump* (comes with some bicycles)

    * Required


Open box by slicing through the stickers covering the tabs on the top of the box, be careful to keep the box intact and hold on to the packing materials as you can use it for future shipping of your bike.

Pull out saddle/seat post and bike frame, setting aside the black owners information folder and small parts box.  Remove all packaging material from the frame.

1. INSTALL SEATPOST - Set your fork of your bike over edge of the box for a more stable work platform. You will have one of two types of seatposts.

a. Standard seatpost - Lightly grease (use friction paste for carbon framed bikes) the seatpost to the minimum insert line and slide in the seatpost. Tighten the seat post collar or close the seatpost clamp.

b. Dropper seatpost - Using friction paste lightly cover the seatpost to the minimum insert line and slide in the seatpost. Tighten the seat post collar or close the seatpost clamp.

a.  Standard Seatpost

b. Dropper Post

2. ATTACH THE HANDLEBARS - With the fork still in the box for stability remove stem face plate bolts and stem faceplate Center your handlebars into stem, and rotate your bars forward until the brake levers are at 45 degrees. Align the faceplate and tighten the stem faceplate bolts in a crossing pattern until they are equally tight. Maintain similar gaps between the faceplate and stem at the top and bottom as you tighten it.

3. INSTALL THE FRONT WHEEL - Flip your bike upside down, balanced on its handle bars and saddle.

Make sure the tire direction is correct by using arrow direction on tires or line up the disc with the caliper. You will have one of the three types of brakes. Slide in wheel then install the quick release or thru axle. Grease the threads and shaft of the quick release rod or thru axle before putting it through hub.

a. Quick Release With Disc Brakes

b. Quick Release with V-Brakes

c. Thru Axles with Disc Brakes

4. INSTALL YOUR PEDALS  - Grease your pedals and thread in as far as possible by hand. Remember the chain side pedal is reverse threaded: it screws in counter-clockwise. Tighten your pedals firmly with either a narrow 15mm wrench or 6mm allen wrench.

Double check the functionality of your bike, and rejoice, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOW READY TO RIDE!


Click RED titles BELOW for trouble shooting VIDEOS

Check Rear Shifting - Make sure the rear derailleur shifts smoothly up and down the rear cog set by pedaling the bike and clicking up and down each gear

Check Front Shifting - Check to make sure the front derailleur shifts smoothly up and down the front chain rings

Check Tires - Give your tires a firm squeeze. They shouldn't have much squish

 Check Brakes Disc or Rim - Depress brake lever 5 times to check that brakes are making contact with the disc or wheel, brake lever stops mid-way, and spin your wheels to check that the brakes are not rubbing

 Check Quick Releases or Thru Axles - Make sure quick releases and thru axle levers are closed and that each and every bolt on your bike is tight and secure

Correct Saddle Height - Ensure saddle angle is level with the ground and near center on the rails; start saddle height 1 to 2 inches below the top of your hip

 Check bolts - check that every bolt on your bike is tight and secure

 Set Sag - Set sag on any air shocks, most rear shocks have 20-30% sag and front at 15-20%


For trouble shooting see other videos here or connect with us via live chat M-F 7am-5pm PST, call us at 1-800-251-8435, or email us anytime. 

*See assembly guide enclosed in your Ready Ride folder for additional information.