Bicycle Assembly Guide

All Rook bicycles follow the same basic guidelines as set out in the assembly guide below. Clear a space and let's get down to business.
Already setup and want to ride fixed? The going fixed guide is here. 

You'll only need 3 basic tools:

  •  4mm Hex Key
  • 5mm Hex Key
  • 15mm Spanner

 

"Who's sexy new package is that? Oh, for me? Hell Yeah!", Let's get it rolling!

 Your Rook may be strapped or taped. Either way, you'll need to open that box. Cut the tape or straps carefully. 

Pull the bicycle up and out of the box.

Place the bicycle on the floor with the front wheel facing up. 

Cut the zip ties securing the wheel and carefully remove it from the packaging. Remove the axle protector and set the wheel to the side for now. 

 

We're using a workstand but you can very easily do this on your floor at home. Set the frame down on the floor with the fork protector still attached.

Remove the protective foam from the frame.

Using the 4mm hex key, remove the stem plate. Set the bolts to one side.

Position the handle bars centered on the stem. If you have drop bars apply the same instructions. 

Place the stem plate on top and loosely screw the bolts into place. 

Then tighten it all up alternating across the stem plate. Tighten no1 for 2 turns, then tighten no2 for 2 turns then no3 then no4 and repeat until they're all snug. 

Make sure your brake lever is clamped on nice and tight. Drop bars have a wider clamp, but still make sure it's sitting snug. 

 

Grab the front wheel that we set aside earlier and loosen the nuts on either side of the axle. Remove the fork protector from the fork and slide the fork onto the wheel. TIP: Make sure the break tension switch is in the UP position. 

Using your 15mm spanner, tighten the nuts on either side of the wheel. 

Then turn the brake tension switch down. You may need to adjust the cable length. Make sure your brake clamps the wheel, but also check that your wheel runs freely.

Grab the seat and post assembly (pre assembled) and a small amount of grease (available at your local hardware store). Grease the seat post with a fingertip of grease and get a nice coating on the lower third of the seat post. 

Loosen the seat post clamp using your 5mm hex key. 

Slide the seat post assembly into the seat tube and set your desired height.

Tighten the seat post clamp to fix the seat post in place. Make sure it's lined up with your top tube.

Everything's lookin' good! Admire your handy work with a cold brew before we finish up this bad boy. Cheers!

Locate the smaller box which came in your big Rook box. Open it up and grab your pedals. Make sure the pedal marked L is installed on the left and the pedal marked R is installed on the right. 

Add a small amount (fingertip) of grease to the thread of the pedal.

Finger tighten the pedal to the crank arm and then tighten with your 15mm spanner. Make sure these are well secured.

Repeat this process for the other side and make sure the pedals are spinning smoothly. 

The tyres are not shipped fully inflated in case of pressure fluctuations in transit. You'll need to pump them up. Our tubes come standard with Presta valves, but we include a valve adapter with every bike in case your pump only supports the Schrader valves. 

Presta valve operation: Unscrew the dust cap. (don't lose this) Then unscrew the valve core and attach your pump nozzle. 

If you need the Schrader valve, just screw the valve adapter onto the open Presta valve. 

Pump it up! Thickslicks® should be pumped nice and hard. We like around 100psi or 7 bar. 

And you're all set! 

 

Already Setup and want to ride fixed? The going fixed guide is here.