Biketreks Frame Build Service – you supply the parts and we will build it!

published by bktr on 28/01/2015 16:44:00


Over the years the bike industry has changed hugely and in recent times we’ve seen a huge move to people purchasing a frame only,  and having a go at building it up at home.  We have often then spent hours fixing or finishing what they’ve started and teaching people that just because Fox 40 1.5 Steered forks were cheap on Chain Reaction does not mean that they are suitable for your Orange Crush, and you really shouldn’t press your Chris King headset in with 2 blocks of wood and a lump hammer!!


To try and lend a helping hand we’ve set up a frame build service. If you buy your frame from us, have your groupset or parts delivered to us, we will then complete the build for you.  We will offer advice into what we would spec and why, and then you can source it from wherever you like and even get it shipped directly to us if it’s easier.  Once everything is together we will professionally fit all your parts, apply Invisiframe if you would like it, set the bike up for you at the point of collection, and offer a free service within the first month to ensure it is performing exactly as it should.


We know as an independent bike shop we can’t always compete on parts prices, however we have a huge commitment to quality, and take pride in building exceptional bikes. So don’t feel awkward about buying the parts elsewhere, we understand! If you need advice on the specification of some of the parts and you are buying a frame from us we are happy to write a spec sheet that matches the frame and ensures you order the correct bits.


To give you an idea of cost it takes on average 3 hours for our mechanics to build a bike from scratch to completion and we charge £36/hour.  If you add in Invisiframe this adds a further 2 hours in labour to get your bike made up .  If you have a complicated build where you want chain ring bolts changing for other colours, Shimano Di2 fitting or Hope bore caps changing etc then the labour cost could be more.  We will always give you an estimate on labour before we begin any job and will stick by what we quoted you, if it takes us longer then we will take that on the chin.


We are able to provide frames from Santa Cruz, Orange, Scott, Specialized, Niner, Alchemy, Factor, Mason and Storck but we are happy to work on any brand of frame if you’ve bought one and just want us to build it for you.  We have an in house expert wheel builder Sam who’s built more wheels in his career then he can count so if you fancy something fancy to roll on again we are your people!


We are happy to work with new parts or used parts from your current bike and can advise on compatibility throughout the build for you.  We keep a plethora of parts in stock all year round so if you struggle to get the missing part of the jigsaw then we can always help out.


The devil is in the detail when it comes to bike building and something as simple as mix master clamps for shifters and brakes can make a huge difference to its visual appeal and end use.  We can offer custom decals for frames and forks to give you that point of difference, and we also pride ourselves on knowing what does and doesn’t work when it comes to colour matching things for bikes!  Some things look great in your head but in reality are very different.


So what are you waiting for?  Building your new bike up just became a whole lot easier and affordable, so get your geek sheets at the ready and let us make your dreams a reality!