Step 1 of 8: Unboxing
Time to build your Brilliant! In this step, we will get everything unpacked. The best way to get started is to keep the box upright and cut the straps:
To remove the bike, open the top flaps and lift the bike upwards. Cutaway view shown here:
Lay the bike flat on the ground, with the wheel on the side facing up. This is the front wheel:
Also in the box is a smaller box. This small box contains everything you need to assemble the bike. Unpack it. Note: don't throw away this box because it will be used in a later step:
Check that the following came in the small box:
- 1x red allen wrench
- 1x wrench
- 1x seat
- 1x seat post
- 2x reflectors
- 1x hand pump with mounting screws
Now everything should be unpacked! Please recycle the large box, or build a bangin' house for a pet.
Step 2 OF 8: preparations
In this step, we will prepare the various parts of the bike for assembly. First, use scissors to cut the ties holding the front wheel to the rest of the bike:
Remember the small box from Step 1? You'll notice two punch-outs on one side. These will balance the bike during assembly:
Remove the black plastic guard in the fork (shown) and gently balance the bike into the small box:
Boom. Now let's get your Brilliant put together.
Step 3 OF 8: Handlebars
In this step, we will install the handlebars and stem (the part that holds the handlebars to the frame).
Cut the ties holding the handlebars to the frame. Lower the handlebars and frame into the fork as shown, and use the red allen wrench to tighten the bolt on top of the stem as tight as you can:
Now to adjust the handlebar angle, use the red allen wrench (a black wrench is shown in the video, but they are identical in function) to loosen bolt in front of the stem, rotate the handlebars to the angle shown, and tighten the bolt in front of the stem as tight as you can:
Important: there is a line on the stem that indicates the maximum height the stem can be at. Please make sure the stem is lowered to a point where this line is not visible.
Your handlebars should now be installed! Only a few pieces left.
STEP 4 OF 8: seat
In this step, we'll install the seat and make sure your derrière is taken care of. The easiest way to do this is to lay the seat flat on the ground, and install the seat post by loosening the bolt underneath it, inserting the post into the seat, and tightening the bolt with the red allen wrench:
Now the seat and seat post can be lowered into the bike. Using the red allen wrench, loosen the black bolt shown in the video, lower the seat post in, and then tighten the bolt. We will do final seat height adjustments in the last step:
Important: there is a line on the seat post that indicates the maximum height the seat can be at. Please make sure the seat is lowered to a point where this line is not visible.
Now that the seat is assembled, it's onto the pedals.
step 5 OF 8: pedals
In this step, we will install the pedals. The pedals are labelled "R" for right and "L" from left from the perspective of a rider.
Using your hands, tighten the pedals on as shown. The right pedal is righty-tighty, *but* the left pedal is lefty-tighty. This is a safety feature that prevents the left pedal from loosening as you ride. Once you have tightened the pedals by hand, use the provided silver wrench to tighten all the way (one side will fit more snuggly - use that one; for the gear heads, it's the 15mm side):
That's it for pedals! Moving onto the final part: the front wheel.
Step 6 OF 8: Front wheel
In this step we will install the front wheel, the last major component! Remove and discard the black plastic parts on either side of the wheel, and loosen (but don't remove) the nuts by hand.
Make sure the wheel is pointing forward. You can do this by checking the tread - from a rider's perspective, the tire's pattern should look like this:
Now, lift the bike and gently place it onto the front wheel. The washers and nuts should both be on the outside of the painted fork. Tighten the nuts by hand, and then tighten them as much as possible with the provided silver wrench:
Now, install the reflectors on both wheels by sliding them onto the spokes until they are firmly situated:
That's it for the front wheel!
step 7 OF 8: front brake
In this step, we will connect the front brake. This is best explained visually (if you have difficulty with the first part, you can raise the handlebars by loosening the bolt in Step 3 and then re-tightening):
And that's it! Time for a final check.
step 8 OF 8: FInal adjustments
Now go through Steps 1 to 7 and make sure to tighten everything.
The first check is the handlebars. You should not be able to rotate or spin them, even with firm force. Otherwise, retighten the bolts in Step 2:
Now, make sure the height of the stem is not greater than the line indicated on the side. Make sure to tighten this bolt as tight as possible:
The seat should roughly be as high as your hips, with minor adjustments for comfort. You can also adjust the seat so that it is parallel to the ground by loosening the bolt that holds the seat to the seat post from Step 4.
Make sure the seat post is not higher than the maximum height line marked on its side. Make sure the bolt holding the seat post to the bike and the bolt holding the seat to the seat post from Step 4 are as tight as possible:
Test the front brake by lifting the front of the bike, spinning the front wheel, and pulling the left lever:
Test the rear brake by lifting the rear of the bike, spinning the rear wheel, and pulling the right lever:
If you have any problems with the brakes please contact us before riding.
That's it! You're done. Be brilliant and ride safely: use a helmet and lights, and obey all traffic laws.