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  • ...3 weeks...

    They growing that part over at Special Orders?

  • 2018 model so they don't stock it yet...

  • How much building goes into a bike when its delivered in store? Just wondering as I am going to order mine today and I am ordering new tyres and mudguards to go onto it wondering whether its standard practice to be part of the bike build?

  • Standard 60 minutes from boxed, 30 minutes from shrouded.

    Good mechanic 45 minutes boxed.

    Mudguard usually 20-30 minutes if full length SKS one.

    (Yes accessories fitting is free when purchasing a bike).

  • perfect thanks very much

  • I must be a fantastic mechanic, 30 minutes for me

  • that included filling out PDI form, getting it m-check by another staff, adding Evans accessories (like clear sticker on top tube), etc.?

  • Ok, ya got me 33 minutes, but yeah, we get an hour

  • Calm down captain fantastic. Go build another 7 kids bikes, and don't forget the stabilisers.

  • You forgot to anti seize the quill though... and the limit screws are out on both mechs... and the front wheel has a hop... oh and chainring bolts are loose.

    3/10 would take more time next time

  • It's about 1 1/2 weeks since I've ordered and have not heard anything back.

    Will probably pop by on Monday and see what's the holdup!

  • 3/10 would take more time next time.


    It’s too worryingly often I’ve seen bike being build without a torque wrench, from Decathlon to high end bicycle shop.

    Especially the recent changes where lots of bicycle shop (inc. Evans) are getting sales assistant to build bikes instead of a dedicated bike builder.

  • This is what happened with me, thankfully I actually have semi decent knowledge on bikes, and I always let the head Mech check it over before letting it out.

  • This is torture waiting for my bike to be built in store. Called yesterday to be told bike was on its way in (even though online stock check shows they already had one?) and it will be built up today between 5 and 7.

    I had hoped this mornings commute on the 2 ton mountain bike would be the last one. Got a feeling there is 2 more to come!

  • Never trust the website to say whats in stock.

  • Wish id have known that before, only ordered in that branch as it said in stock. Not the end of the world I'm just impatient

  • Funny you should mention Ed, I had a bike delivered by Evans a couple of weeks back and the bolts holding in the rear shock were finger tight... Took it to my local independent shop for a once over and not a single bolt was torqued correctly.
    Straight from the manufacture it was claimed?

  • the bolts holding in the rear shock were finger tight

    Shock bolts should be tight from the factory yes, as should a certain percentage of the bolts on all bikes. As the bikes out of the box are mostly assembled, they need to be built, torqued to spec and checked over.

    All shops are guilty of not using a torque wrench. I spent time with a racing team and I was laughed at for asking for one.
    Go figure.

  • The problem with torque wrenches is that outside of the professional aviation or automotive industries, no-one seems to calibrate them. I have two Park and one Shimano/Pro wrenches here and none of them have ever been calibrated since I’ve been here. I worked in the aircraft maintenance industry before and you had to take a wrench from the store (you weren’t allowed to use your own) and then check it out on the test rig before you used it. You had to do this each time you took one out or you’d be on a written warning at first and a formal from then on.
    So in short, a bad torque wrench is just as bad, if not worse, than not using one.

  • Beam wrenches tho? Thought they might stay close to spec for long enough.

  • All shops are guilty of not using a torque wrench. I spent time with a racing team and I was laughed at for asking for one.

    Biggest pet peeve - never using torque wrench, we're playing with people lives for fuck sake.

    There's even a picture of a pro rider with a Shimano hollowtech left crank attach to his feet but not to the spindle, I'm willing to bet it was not torqued.

  • They’re better in that respect, yes. In fact just after I posted that I looked at the two beam wrenches I also have, one Park, one made in Brum, and the Brum one was out by about 10% at rest. I just tweaked it back by hand. Doesn’t fill me with confidence.

    Having said all that, my hand is a pretty good guide, and I can usually torque up pretty accurately by hand over a good range. Practice, I guess.

  • In theory there isn't anything to go wrong on a well-made beam wrench unless it's massively over-torqued; any offset at zero is most likely due to the pointer being dinged rather than yield of the torque element. As you say, clicky wrenches can be dangerously finicky unless maintained and calibrated.

  • If there are a number of torque wrenches in a workshop they can be checked roughly against each other. If one is massively out it probably needs recalibration.

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Evans Cycles

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