Cycling has certainly changed over the years. Firstly, the demographic has been overturned as riding has virtually taken over every corner of the world. Riders are better informed and the popularity of road cycling has never been stronger. It goes to say that the experience provided at the bike shop has necessarily met the demands of an extended and educated rider with specific demands.
Bike brands have also returned with an array of models to satisfy the developed need of enthusiasts. That means more "types" of bike have been created. With the proliferation of models to suit specific riding criteria, buying a bike off the shelf is a good option for those wanting convenience. Not everyone has the time, the money, knowledge or trust to buy customised models and the wide variety of factory complete bikes is a perfect provision.
So today we look at the good and the ugly when it comes to riding factory complete bikes.
Huge resources go into marketing road bikes. Im not just talking about the glossy magazines but the dollars spent on both men and womens pro teams throughout the racing calendar year. We get to admire advanced technology of high end race bikes on the tv, but we can also visit any City street of Australia to view the same bikes amongst the local pelotons. Better yet, visit your department style bike shop for a closer inspection.
From the look of things, there doesn't seem much difference between bikes used in the Pro Peloton and the complete Factory bikes ridden by members of your local cycling club, well ... apart from the fact the local rider pays for the privilege. Experts in biomechanics and engineering select the frame and component for the consumer through a series of averages.
Averages are used to measure tube lengths and angles and frame sizes when it comes to factory complete bikes. Averages also standardise stem length, saddle style, bar width, crank length. While the mechanical parts and components can later be swapped for upgrades of more suitable parts, at the point of sale you receive what's advised by bike brands.
This reduces the time you spend in a shop to buy the bike. The size of the bike can often be provided by entering your height and inner seam on the Brands website. The choice of parts isn't provided, and so you wont need to discuss possible options or spend the time considering choices. A bike is pre assembled, which reduces the labour a mechanic requires to comparatively build a frame. In theory, all that's needed to have the bike ready to roll is a secured seat post and bars, a basic tune and tighten bolts.
Efficiency and convenience of a Factory Complete Bike :
- Reduced time to decide on the bike
- Ease of choosing a size
- Eliminate time sourcing components
- Reduced labour in build
- Begin riding when the bike arrives
Somewhere amongst the averages you'll find a size and a recommended fit. We would consider the factory complete bike for riders wanting convenience. Of course, we expect there to be changes in the future as riders recognise differences in their needs from the averages. We would often change a saddle or stem and handlebar. But overall the bike is best suited to riders requiring quick solutions for riding.
If a rider considers they require more individual build using the expert advice of Chainsmith staff, they can get more information on Chainsmith Factory frames Custom Built Road Bikes here.