Congratulations, your bike has arrived! You are most likely anxious and in a hurry to get your bike to the trails.
No worries, you are allowed to be stoked, you are about to assemble your new Pole Bike.
We at Pole have already assembled your bike once and we have tested that everything works properly. After the test ride, we disassemble the bike and pack it for shipping.
We ship the bikes a little bit differently depending on your location.
If you have ordered your bike to be delivered into EU-country, we shall ship the complete bike in one large carton. But if you live outside EU we deliver you complete bike in two separate cartons. The heavier carton contains everything else except the wheelset. The wheelset has been shipped in their own carton. This is because of the transportation costs.
Your bike is assembled, test-driven and disassembled for packaging at the factory. For the assembly, you need the following tools and bike maintenance products.
Torque wrench with Allen key adapter size 4, 5, 6 and 8 mm
Torque wrench with Torx key size T25
For assembling the pivot axles, the recommended products are Park Tool ASC-1 grease on threads and Park Tool HPG-1 grease on the axle surface. Do not use copper paste or any other product not mentioned in the installation instructions during the assembly.
33 – 41 Nm
Brake caliper screw to frame and fork
2,5 – 4 nm
disc brake bolts to hub
rear derailleur (fixing bolts)
8 – 10 nm
rear derailleur (clamp bolt)
4 – 5 nm
2,8 – 3,4 nm
cassette retainer ring
handlebar clamp (carbon / aluminum)
stem (steerer tube clamping)
48 – 54 nm
12-14 nm (steel), 8-9 nm (aluminum)
lock-on grip bolts
2,5 – 4 nm
10 – 12 nm
These specifications are only guidelines. As a rule, you should always observe the manufacturers’ instructions. These have also been included or can be found on the website of the respective manufacturer.
If you have ordered a Pole frameset, you should receive these items:
In full suspension bike, the rear shock
*Cable routing kit
*Boost brothers kit – 142 and 148 options (where available)
*If you have ordered something additional, E.g. spare hanger or t-shirt, or Huck Norris
* Are packed in one separate carton
At this point, we hope that you have already done the unboxing part of the manuals. Next steps shows you how to assemble the rest of the delivered frameset.
Now the frameset is basically assembled. You can find more assembly instructions by following, for example, the complete bike assembly manual.
If your bike has been delivered in a single carton you can skip a few parts of this manual. But you should be in a stage where your frame is lifted from the carton and is attached to a bike stand.
Upcoming manuals are split so it would be easier for you to follow the steps.
2.Rear Derailleur installation
The rear derailleur is basically your transmission which is controlled by the trigger in the handlebar. Installing the rear derailleur in the assembly stage is pretty straightforward because the gear changing and limiters are adjusted at the factory. You just need to tighten the derailleur back to the hanger.
You can also check manufacturers manual from here. There is more detailed information if you don’t feel confident to install it.
If you have done the other steps you can skip to the part where the cockpit setup is done.
7.Handlebar assembly – Raceface Turbine
Tightening your handlebar to Raceface stem.
The position of the handlebar is driver specific but if you don’t know your preferences we suggest that you’ll install your handlebar so that the horizontal guidance lines in your handlebar are approximately in the middle of the stem’s faceplate. Then you have the manufacturer’s informed amount of rise and backsweep in your use.
You can also follow this link to manufacturers manual.
Descentant stem is a little bit different than “regular” stems. The stem has this called zero cap tightening feature.
9.Seatpost and saddle installation
It doesn’t matter in which order you make the assembly.
We start by installing the dropper post first.
Turn your handlebar to the right so that it feeds the cable housing towards the rear of the bike. Help by pushing the cable housing into the upper internal cable routing point. At the same time help the cable housing come out from the lower cable routing port. After this pull the cable housing up from the seat tube opening.
Check that the trigger end of the cable housing is correctly inside the trigger. Check that you have some play in the cable… You should be able to pull the cable approx 17mm visible from the seatpost end.
Next we take the saddle and install it.
10.Boost vs 142mm standard
Models where availability to change 142 vs 148 standard:
Needed parts for replacement
Below you can see the difference between 142 and 148 standards:
9. Find the thicker left-hand side dropout.
11.Front wheel installation
12.Rear Wheel installation
After installing the axle, you can check that the wheel is fitted tightly by keeping hold of the frame and with the other hand move the wheel to find out if there is any play on the hub.