|Smart Cycles offers
precision frame prep for any type of bicycle frame, road or
mountain. We do this to every custom, high end full bike we sell
and include it in the sale price at no charge. The fees listed
below are for servicing frames that do not come PREPPED, are not
purchased from us, or are purchased separate of a full bike.
Frame Prep involves the following procedures:
Facing and Milling of the
Head Tube. $35
This procedure cuts the two ends of
the head tube perfectly parallel to each other. It faces the
walls of the tube ends to be flat and free of paint. It also
mills and reams the inside of the head tube for precise
installation of the headset to maximize performance and lifespan
as well as limit potential ovalization of the head tube. The
risk of corrosion is minimized as well with use of proper lubes
at the time of installation.
Facing and Chasing of the Bottom Bracket $50
This procedure cuts the two ends of
the bottom bracket perfectly parallel to each other. It faces
the walls of the tube ends to be free of paint. A thread chasing
tool is passed through the bottom bracket shell to clean and
optimize the threads and remove paint and other finishing
materials. This allows for precise installation of the bottom
bracket to maximize performance and lifespan as well as limit
potential ovalization of the bottom bracket shell. The risk of
corrosion is minimized as well with use of proper lubes at the
time of installation.
Chasing of Water Bottle Mounting Studs, Rear Derailleur Hanger,
and all other Threaded Studs in the frame. $20-$30
This procedure uses a thread chasing
tool to clean the threads of these areas. This cleans out any
paint and other finishing materials and reduces the chance of
cross-threading and stripping threads while installing
components and accessories. The risk of corrosion is minimized
as well with use of proper lubes at the time of installation.
Facing of Disc Brake Mounting
We use a tool made by Magura that
faces the surface that your disc brake adapter mounts to. The
facing procedure removes clumped up paint and allows for the
precise installation of your brake calipers. This ensures that
the brakes function properly and that irregular wear of the pads
and rotors does not occur. The tool has a depth setting that
allows us to make sure that the two faces, or adapter "legs" are
in the same plane. Ultimately, this ensures that your rotor and
caliper are PERFECTLY alligned and functioning in the same
plane. If you have disc brakes that rub and make a lot of noise,
you can improve their performance dramatically by having the
disc mount surfaces faced and adjusted to the same depth.
Milling and Cleaning of Seat Tube. $25
A seat tube reamer is used to remove
burs and welding material from the inside of your seat tube.
This ensures a precise fit for your seatpost. Seatposts that are
forced into uncleaned seat tubes are scored and more likely to
develop stress risers which can potentially result in a
catastrophic failure of the seatpost. This service also allows
the seat tube to be lubed properly and will reduce the
possibility of corrosion between the post and frame tube which
causes seat posts to become stuck.
Cutting, Facing and Milling
of Fork Crown Race $25
The fork crown race is a part of your
headset. Just like the cups of the headset are press-fit into
the frame, the fork crown race is pressed onto the fork crown.
This service ensures that the bottom bearing assembly sits
perfectly parallel to the top one. If you are having your
headtube cut, you may NEED to have your fork crown race cut.
These days, this is done more often on road forks than on
mountain bike forks…but it depends on the specific fork…so bring
your fork with you!
Why is it important to Prep a
Frame before it is assembled into a bike for the first time?
The stresses that occur on the
headset and the botton bracket of a frame while riding are
incredible. If headsets and bottom brackets are not installed
properly they can ovalize the frame tubes they sit in causing
many problems. If you are buying a premium frame and you want it
to have a premium lifespan and offer premium performance…it
needs to be prepped before it is assembled for the first time.
In the case of brake surface cutting, it should be obvious that
you would want your brakes to be at their highest performance
Raleigh • Haro • Redline • Bianchi • Scott •
Santa Cruz • Intense • Juliana • Transition • RSD
Detroit Bikes • il
Massimo • Ciocc • Casati • DeBernardi • Guerciotti •
Barco • Time
Hours - Directions -
All Content © Copyright 2015 - Smart Cycles, Inc.