Bike Build by LBS – actual cost (and/or hours) ?
Depends. I work in a shop and if you buy all the bits from us including frame and forks then we’ll build it free, chuck in cables and pedals for free as well. Just buy a frame and forks then we’ll probably charge £50 for swapping the bits over and building your new bike (this could also be free though depending on frame and froks bought). Buy all the bits elsewhere and come to us asking for it to be all put together then cost will be £80-100 depending on whats involved. Stripping and rebuilding for warranty claims usually £30.Posted 8 years ago
So £120 sounds a little bit pricey then…?
Maybe, maybe not. Depends if it’s a complete build from brand new parts that you haven’t bought there then not really – facing BB/disc mounts etc, cutting steerer tube, fitting headset, cutting hoses to length and bleeding – you’re looking at 3-4hrs and the use of specialist tools and an experienced/trained mechanic to do the job right and get it all set up perfectly.*
If you’ve bought all the parts there or if it’s a build up using existing bits that are already cut to size etc then it should be a bit cheaper – £60-100 ish depending on the shop and the particular job.
* Doubtless there’ll be someone comes along to tell of how they built up their bike from scratch in 30 mins while simultaneously cooking tea for 3 screaming kids and also watching Eastenders…Posted 8 years agomarkdMember
£120 is upper end just for labour on its own.
I would aim to go for £30 an hour.
Generally though it would be a priced job – this way there is no reason for the mech to delay and if there is a pain in the arse job to do makes sure the mech gets it done quick so time is not wasted.
I would look to bill about £85 plus any cables/ends/outer as necessary in my shop.Posted 8 years agofauxbyfourMember
less than an hour to strip and 3 hours to rebuild from brand new parts, I know cos I’ve just done it including facing and bleeding. 2 hours to build each wheel and there you have it. At least you know the job has been done correctly, including torque settings which lbs’s never seem to bother about!Posted 8 years agoGWMember
funnily enough an Edinburgh bike Co-op catalogue fell through my letterbox this morning, while reading it I couldn’t believe they get away with charging nearly £30 for a 5min service (brake and gears adjust & inflate tyres)
4hours? unless they built your wheels from scratch it can’t take a half-decent shop mechanic more than an hour to build a bike.
£120 is taking the piss!!Posted 8 years agoIWHMember
I don’t think we’re talking about building a bike from a box here, I think we’re talking a complete new build, from scratch. If you’re talking about fitting a bike together direct from the manufacturer then yes, you CAN do it quickly, assuming you don’t give a toss about checking the rest of the work is done properly.
From scratch then I’d say 3 – 4 hours is about right. Longer if you’re building the wheels (and doing it properly). Over £120 seems steep but if all you did was get them to build it and didn’t buy any bits from them then that’s fair enough in my opinion.Posted 8 years agoGuillianoMember
My shop charges £120 for a complete strip, clean, service and rebuild of a bike, a bit less for a new build if parts are not purchased there and free if the parts are purchased there.
As for time…. 3-4 hours sounds fair to me if it’s a complete build from parts including binning all packaging, cutting hoses, bleeding brakes, cutting steerer, setting up gears, test riding and then re-setting gears, truing wheels (often necessary), facing frame and the form filling that bike shops have to do when doing a PDI or buildPosted 8 years ago
Just to cheer myself up found that it cost £25 an end i.e. £50 for a brake bleed at Evans (how much!) so it makes it sounds [almost] acceptable
That’s the thing, a “brake bleed” to most people is: top up fluid, squeeze lever, screw on reservoir, go ride.
A brake bleed to a bike shop is: pads out, a complete flush through using compressed air, extend and lube pistons, clean seals, refill with new fluid, refit pads and realign brakes then check it all over.
Bike shop mechanics (and the charges associated with it) is a completely different kettle of fish to what the average rider/home mechanic does. 20-30 mins is normal to build a boxed bike, to build a complete working bike from scratch with brand new boxed parts and set it all up (inc suspension) – that’s easily 3-4hrs.Posted 8 years ago
thanks …I can live with it…I think they are taking the pish a bit…especially as no facing (frame previously faced)..and they had previously fitted fork and headset…so I’m not really sure how much they really had to do.Posted 8 years ago
I’ve had a word with them but left it as it is. They risk losing my future custom and the other people I have sent their way in the past (although I’ll probably just be careful in getting jobs priced up-front)davidtaylforthMember
Cripes, 4 hours sounds rediculous. I think it usually takes me a couple of hours tops to build up a bike, and thats in a cramped shed with no bike stand which makes gears and brakes a faff. I also dont have all of the correct tools to hand so I end up hammering in headset cups and cutting outer cables with a hacksaw etc.Posted 8 years agoshoefitiMember
Having worked in bike shops for a number of years (i would not be happy if the builder of my bike took less than 2 1/2 hours to build it up (not including wheel build) lets take a typical full suss:
face bb (properly) 15 mins to 30 mins (some frames are terrible!)
ream (or just check reaming) on seat tube so not to scratch new seat post 10 mins
Cut steerer of fork to length, fit crown race taper steerer tube and fit fangled 30 – 40 mins
face disc mounts front and rear (if your fitting kings to fox this’ll take ages) 20 – 40 mins
Set up and bleed brakes (45 mins minimum)just puttin discs on wheels properly takes 10 minutes!
actually put whole lot together, set up suspension for riders weight, dial in gears, re-adjust brakes is necessary etc….. oh i give up, anyway it takes a while if you want it done properly.
Also take into account cabling, putting on end crimps, paying an outagious fee to dispose of the huge amount of packaging that came with the parts.Posted 8 years agoshortcutSubscriber
with 2 people mechanicing, one at each end I have swapped all the components off one cove stiffee frame onto another one in 30minutes! this was a warranty effort and i was one of the two people doing the mechanic role. but i paid nothing.
Most of the shops i go to wouldn’t charge labour if i bought all the stuff from them and i would expect to get at least 10% off components, if not off the whole lot!
if i bought all the stuff in from elsewhere and just asked them to put it all together I would expect a bill of around £100 for labour with no special favours, especially if most of the kit was used and dirty!Posted 8 years ago
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