We are very pleased to welcome you to the Pastel Bicycles club of owners. It's great that you have decided to buy a gravel bike from us.
Now there are only a few last steps left before you can take your WHTIF out for your first spin.
Of course, we would prefer to deliver our Pastel WHTIF fully assembled. However, as this way your bike would be at risk of damage during delivery, we have no choice but to partially disassemble it for protection.
Our goal is to make the last steps as easy as possible for you. Basically, there are three main assembly steps: inserting the front wheel, mounting the handlebars and attaching the saddle.
We will explain these steps in detail below.
- Delivery condition & scope of delivery
Please check the Gravel bike immediately after unpacking for possible delivery damage. Of course we pack the bike carefully but you never know what can happen during transport. Please contact us immediately if you discover anything.
The delivery consists of three parts, as you can see in the pictures below:
- The bike with mounted rear wheel, loose front wheel and handlebars tied together in one package
- The saddle including seat post
- A bag with accessories
- Final Assembly
Detachment of the front wheel
The front wheel is firmly attached to the frame with cable ties so that no damage occurs during transport. In the first step, carefully cut the cable ties, preferably with a small side cutter. If you don't have any, you can of course use a good pair of scissors or, if necessary, a knife (be careful not to damage the rim or tire.
- Detachment and assembly of the handlebars
- Turn the stem forwards and loosen the four bolts of the handlebar clamp
- Apply some assembly paste to the inside of the handlebar clamp
- Mount the handlebars in the centre of the stem and tighten the bolts of the handlebar clamp moderately at first so that the handlebars are held firmly
- The fine adjustment is done later when both tyres are mounted.
- Pre-assembly of the saddle
- Mounting the front wheel
- Remove the bicycle from the bicycle box
- Remove the front wheel axle with an Allen key (hexagon socket)
- Remove the red plastic protection between the front brake pads of the brake caliper
- Place the front wheel in the fork. Make sure that the brake disc is on the same side as the brake caliper. Insert the brake disc between the two brake pads. The best position to do the mounting yourself is to step over the crossbar of the bike (bike between your legs) holding the handlebar or stem with one hand and place the wheel with the second hand
- Attach the front wheel to the axle. To do this, push it all the way through until the thread engages and tighten it with the torque wrench (5-6Nm).
- Fine adjustment of stem and handlebars
Using correct torque values is important: under torquing and bolts can come loose, while over torquing can damage the components (especially carbon ones).
- Fine adjustment Saddle
The above adjustment aids are general recommendations. Of course, the most important thing is to feel comfortable and, above all, not to have any pain, e.g. in the knee. It is therefore recommended to have the perfect adjustment carried out by an expert in a so-called bike fitting.
With everything set you are ready to ride. Please consider a short shakeout ride with a multitool where you can doublecheck that everything is working as expected and do final adjustments to your saddle and handlebar positions and ensure that everything was set up correctly.