Building A Custom Bike From The Frame Up

In this post we’ll share everything you need to know for building a custom bike from the frame up, including step by step instructions and a list of all parts and tools needed to make it happen. This bike is a Niner Bikes JET 9 RDO, built up with Shimano XTR and Fox suspension.

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Install headset bearing cups using bearing press (tool #1)
2. Install dropper post internal routing using internal routing kit (tool #2) and cable cutters (tool #3)
3. Insert dropper post into frame — don’t worry about connecting it to the cable yet 3. Place bike in stand (tool #4)
4. Install shock
5. Install crown race on fork with race setter (tool #5)
6. Measure steer tube length (make sure to include the headset, spacers and stem) and mark with a paint pen (tool #6)
7. Remove fork
8. Cut fork steer tube with pipe cutter (tool #7)
9. File steer tube with flat file (tool #8) and/or pipe reamer (tool #9)
10. Install star nut with star nut setter (tool #10) and hammer
11. Install headset, fork, spacers and stem (grease on everything except stem)
12. Install handlebars (with carbon prep if carbon)
13. Install from brake caliper
14. Measure (mark with paint pen — tool #6) and cut front brake line with brake cutter (tool #11), insert new bark (tool #11) and reattach to lever with adjustable wrench (tool #12) — don’t forget the rubber cover, nut and new olive
15. Do same for rear brake
16. Install rear derailleur housing
17. Install chain guide (if you have one)
18. Install bottom bracket (tool #13)
19. Install chain ring with chain ring tool (tool #14) and centerlock tool (tool #13)
20. Install crank with crank arm tool (tool #15)
21. Install rear derailleur, shifter and cable
22. Install rotors (tool #13), cassette (tool #16 and adjustable wrench) and tires (don’t forget your tire insert and sealant) — check out this video for a trick to seat tubeless tires with a floor pump ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE3h4nmDdOo )
23. Install your wheels
24. Measure, cut (tool #17) and install (tool #18) your chain
25. Adjust your rear derailleur ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DI9pNaV-rQ ) 26. If necessary, cut down your handlebars (tool #19)
26. Install grips, saddle and pedals
27. Bleed your brakes (tool #20)
28. Center your brakes
29. Set your saddle position
30. Set your suspension sag (tool #21)
31. GO RIDE (don’t forget to burn in your brakes and lube your chain)

Here are the tools and parts we used

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General tools:

Hex keys: https://snp.link/33be9d63
Pliers: https://snp.link/c16dac85
Cutters: https://snp.link/9f8c7572
Screwdrivers: https://snp.link/9c82d485
Hammer: https://amzn.to/2RIec1u
Tire levers: https://snp.link/b4d8fbf3
Carbon paste: https://snp.link/5c2c3eab
Grease: https://snp.link/4b020197
Measuring tape: https://snp.link/0ec28a7b
Sharpie: https://amzn.to/3aGkI1g
Blue towels: https://amzn.to/2GgfVpu
Brake cleaner: https://amzn.to/30PMK6a
Floor pump: https://snp.link/1b9094c3
Rag (use an old t-shirt)
String

Specialty tools:

1. Bearing press: https://snp.link/46b8cdc9
2. Internal cable routing tool: https://snp.link/abc100f4
3. Shimano TL-CT12 cable cutter: https://snp.link/a65256e2
4. Feedback sports bike stand: https://snp.link/04c6b695
5. Crown race install tool: https://snp.link/e9cd664f
or section of 1.5″ PVC pipe: https://amzn.to/2NV1j3f
6. Paint pen: https://amzn.to/2TR1G2o
7. Pipe cutter: https://amzn.to/2RGGaL4
8. Flat file: https://amzn.to/37nORAG
9. Reamer: https://amzn.to/3aFsusk
10. Star nut install tool: https://amzn.to/3aFsJ6I
11. Shimano TL-BH62 brake cut and set tool: https://snp.link/5dd5ab6c
12. Adjustable wrench: https://amzn.to/2RP84EC
13. Shimano TL-FC36 BB/center lock tool: https://snp.link/210e6d0b
14. Shimano TL-FC41 chainring install tool: https://snp.link/8a8a902d
15. Shimano TL-FC18 crank arm tool: https://ebay.to/38Em3Uv
16. Cassette tool: https://snp.link/9f9b8766
17. Shimano TL-CN29 chain break tool: https://snp.link/0985da68
18. Shimano TL-CN10 quick-link chain tool: https://amzn.to/2vin7iJ
19. Hacksaw with carbon cutting or carbide blade: https://snp.link/90f2d4e9
20. Shimano TL-BT03 brake bleed tool: https://snp.link/9417f561
21. Shock pump: https://snp.link/1c5fabea

Parts:

Niner JET 9 RDO frame: http://bit.ly/2TYFbbI
BB: https://snp.link/d590904f
Chain guide: https://snp.link/91980483
Crankset: https://snp.link/5301a407
Chainring: https://snp.link/b062a401
Cassette: https://snp.link/ee85f60f
Chain: https://snp.link/ccaad617
Brakes: https://snp.link/16f4eba7
Brake adapters: https://snp.link/c5361874
Dropper post lever: https://snp.link/4b94a9c0
Shifter: https://snp.link/3a8028ac
Derailleur: https://snp.link/c6c65ba1
Cable set: https://snp.link/5e876230
180mm rotors: https://snp.link/48dac0ef
Centerlock rings (usually come with rotors): https://snp.link/efd751f0
Wheels: https://snp.link/27aa2ae9
Pedals: https://amzn.to/2RkHJzq
Dropper post: https://snp.link/aacb0a0e
Fork: https://snp.link/06f3eb6c
Shock: https://snp.link/b34b8048
Saddle: https://amzn.to/2TSt6oM
Grips: https://amzn.to/2tKNayB
Stem: https://amzn.to/2GgetU4
Handlebars: https://amzn.to/37mKohJ
Headset: https://snp.link/a072643f
Headset spacers: https://snp.link/be2ae1d8
Valve stems: https://snp.link/076f1bcf
Sealant: https://snp.link/ace2c08a
Tires: https://snp.link/48670506
Power meter: https://ebay.to/38yncwR
Thru axle: https://snp.link/8b7a028f
Seat collar clamp: https://snp.link/12d14363
Bottle cage: https://snp.link/5aeb6977