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BikeCo Frame Prep on Ibis

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BikeCo Frame Prep

Build integrity for your new mountain bike starts before you hang any bits on the frame. In fact, for the ultimate performance and longevity BikeCo developed specific MTB Frame Prep procedures.

Pivots, Bearings, Axles, , Hangers, Bottom Brackets and Headsets are addressed in BikeCo’s MTB Frame Prep services. BikeCo Frame Prep services ensure maximum service life, ultimate trail personality as well as quiet performance for your mountain bike.

Like the BikeCo Pro Tune Suspension originally Frame Prep service was only available for race bikes. Over the years BikeCo’s team developed mtb frame prep procedures to address issues that average riders encounter.

We stand behind our Frame Prep service for 1 year. Should your frame develop noise or issues from components associated with Frame Prep BikeCo will take care of you.

BikeCo Frame Prep is complimentary with any frame or complete purchase from Standard pricing is $70-90*. Some frames require more work and will be quoted accordingly at service write-up.


MTB Frame Prep before Build

Noise Is Movement, Movement Can Be Wear

You’ve seen, well, maybe only heard it on trail. The popcorn maker clicking and popping it’s way along. Not only really, really annoying that popcorn maker bike is wearing out more quickly than it needs to.

Improperly assembled, torqued or retained MTB pivot systems allow loads to transfer in undesirable ways.

For instance, standard bearings are designed for rotational loads. When these bearings are stressed side to side, called a thrust load, it dramatically shortens the service life.

If a bearing isn’t properly fit and retained the thrust loads may have enough force to rock the entire bearing. This wallows out the press fit interface creating even more problems.

That popping you hear could be substantial damage to your frame!

Chasing creaks on a modern mountain bike can be a very frustrating proposition. Starting your new bike’s life with a proper frame prep helps eliminate wallowing or permanent sizing issues.

BikeCo Frame Prep addresses common, as well as less common, causes of noise and wear: Headsets, Bottom Brackets, Suspension Pivots, Shock Mounting, Bearing Interfaces, Derailleur Hanger, Hardware Torque, and more.

Our mechanics have a lifetime of experience. Facing headsets, bottom brackets, machining axles, customizing hardware – none of this was uncommon in early MTB. Understanding these required steps and having the skills to work with exotic materials undeniably sets our staff apart.

Many of our competitors simply dollop grease into problem areas to mask noise. This may mask the noise but can exacerbate the movement leading to premature wear. At BikeCo various retaining compounds are used to ensure the best press fits as well as proper torque retention.

With a BikeCo MTB Frame Prep your build is going to be more efficient and quieter. Easier on your wallet as well as your (and ALL of your riding buddies) ears.


MTB Frame Prep. Axles and links pulled from Alchemy frame


Carbon fiber is incredible strong. It doesn’t like to have things driven in and out over and over though! BikeCo’s expert staff will help you spec a high quality headset and ensure it is installed properly.

Press Fit Bottom Brackets

Carbon fiber can, and when needed SHOULD be faced! If your press fit bottom bracket bearings are to get maximum longevity and performance it is important that they are installed parallel and square.

Race Prep Quality For Everyone

Individual attention. Precision. Real world MTB understanding. is the leader in MTB quality and customer service.

BikeCo works with the entire range of MTB riders. From new riders to professional racers our team has the experience to dial in a bike for the best on trail performance out there. A better performing bike rides better – which is more fun.

Are you a home builder? We’re stoked to work with you! We have client’s all over the world with varying levels of builder skills.

Some clients have BikeCo ship complete builds. Others take advantage of our wheel building and frame prep services but have us ship the rest for them to enjoy the project.

MTB Frame Prep

As mentioned, every frame and complete sold by receives a complimentary frame prep service. This value added to your purchase provides you (and your friends!) a better riding experience as well as improved resale value down the line. Don’t suffer through a creaky bike when you can run a dialed in slayer.

Questions? Reach out to BikeCo’s sales staff. We are happy to answer queries on this as well as other expert services unique to


Chasing a creak? These may help narrow it down.

Video Links:

Quick Tips – Isolating Basic MTB Creaks

Identify Hard to Find MTB Creaks with Joe Binatena

Fixing Bearing Creak on Multi-Pivot Suspension with Joe Binatena

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