Everything you need to know to build a custom bike from the frame up!

Everything you need to know to build a custom bike from the frame up!

Here are the tools and parts we used (links are affiliate links – by clicking them, you support this channel and it DOESN’T change the price for you)!

For step-by-step instructions, visit our blog: https://www.sydandmacky.com/blog/building-a-custom-bike-from-the-frame-up

General tools:
Hex keys: https://bit.ly/2DC4x9Q
Pliers: https://bit.ly/3h459Cw
Cutters: https://bit.ly/358o8to
Screwdrivers: https://bit.ly/3lUlkWV
Hammer: https://bit.ly/2Gw0QU5
Tire levers: https://bit.ly/358wQrN
Carbon paste: https://bit.ly/3bAaBvV
Grease: https://bit.ly/2F1cuGc
Measuring tape: https://bit.ly/3igOJZj
Sharpie: https://amzn.to/3aGkI1g
Blue towels: https://amzn.to/2GgfVpu
Brake cleaner: https://amzn.to/30PMK6a
Floor pump: https://bit.ly/2ET1FpL
Rag (use an old t-shirt)

Specialty tools:
1. Bearing press: https://bit.ly/2R0SMg2
2. Internal cable routing tool: https://bit.ly/3jQJTlL
3. Shimano TL-CT12 cable cutter: https://bit.ly/3lSREJG
4. Feedback sports bike stand: https://bit.ly/31ZZqts
5. Crown race install tool: https://bit.ly/3hbxdnX 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. Chain break tool: https://bit.ly/2F1Zv7c
18. Quick-link chain tool: https://bit.ly/3jRpDAA
19. Hacksaw with carbon cutting or carbide blade: https://snp.link/90f2d4e9
20. Shimano TL-BT03 brake bleed tool: https://bit.ly/3m2wWaz
21. Shock pump: https://snp.link/1c5fabea

Niner JET 9 RDO frame: http://bit.ly/2TYFbbI
BB: https://bit.ly/32YZrNq
Chain guide: https://bit.ly/3h0oS6d
Crankset: https://bit.ly/3lXvyWi
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://bit.ly/2Z8UNeC
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://bit.ly/3563ev7
Headset spacers: https://snp.link/be2ae1d8
Valve stems: https://snp.link/076f1bcf
Sealant: https://bit.ly/2Zdqvrb
Tires: https://bit.ly/2Zdk1IZ
Power meter: https://bit.ly/359daUt
Thru axle: https://snp.link/8b7a028f
Seat collar clamp: https://snp.link/12d14363
Bottle cage: https://bit.ly/3jR4I0g

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Shimano – http://bit.ly/Shimanobike
PEARL iZUMi – http://bit.ly/PEARLiZUMi
Xpedo – http://bit.ly/xpedo
SLIME – http://bit.ly/slimeproducts
Stages – http://bit.ly/stagesSM
Velo – http://bit.ly/velosaddles

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  1. Jamtrax Reunion on May 9, 2023 at 8:48 am

    Great Pro Tip on finalizing the dropper post with the wheels on! thanks guys for this video! i’m gonna be building up one soon.. when are you 2 heading back to Sedona! hoping the festival gets rescheduled..

  2. Joshua Henneforth on May 9, 2023 at 8:49 am

    Few questions: Where can I buy frames? Some brands I like don’t see frames only. What brands sell frames?

  3. shredchic on May 9, 2023 at 8:51 am


  4. Luca on May 9, 2023 at 8:52 am

    I built my own frame similar to the onyx rcr and now I’m building it up from there and then I will put a miter in it because I’m too young to ride the onyx on the road so I’ll just build one myself and tell the cops it’s just some cheap conversion kit bike

  5. Joachim B. on May 9, 2023 at 8:54 am

    "Don’t forget to be more awesome" lol that’s just too much for me !

  6. Grzegorz Kowalski on May 9, 2023 at 8:54 am

    Love the hole in the sock sid 🤣👍

  7. zAldy JKoes on May 9, 2023 at 8:54 am

    awesome 👍

  8. Laki Saki on May 9, 2023 at 8:56 am

    My Broke-Ass can’t even😂😂

  9. Seira on May 9, 2023 at 8:57 am

    What is the frame?

  10. AUNG on May 9, 2023 at 8:57 am

    I love you guys intro I’m your new suber 🥳🥳🎉🎉

  11. Das Babu on May 9, 2023 at 8:58 am

    Your voice is like mark weins

  12. David Gunther on May 9, 2023 at 8:59 am

    Do manufacturers like Niner and Shimano usually send torque settings for nuts and bolts?

  13. Johannes Braun on May 9, 2023 at 8:59 am

    Removing derailleur tension with the feet while closing the chain with the link. Nice skill 👍

  14. Luca Delcore on May 9, 2023 at 9:02 am

    How much did the parts cost without the frame

  15. Joey Walecheck on May 9, 2023 at 9:03 am

    I really want to have a custom Nike slash show bike but for off roading and racing idk if you guys would help me build one I also have a car body wrap I want to put on the bike also and I want to use fox shocks and raceface parts also let me know if you want my number that would be great

  16. David Luna on May 9, 2023 at 9:04 am

    New to bike building but used to ride bmx for a couple years as a kid definitely into it more now for exercise but I love my bike thanks for explaining how to build , I Love it guys !!👌🏽

  17. Brandon on May 9, 2023 at 9:04 am

    Would bulding a medium end bike be cheaper than say buying a medium end one at the shops?

  18. Samuel Acevedo on May 9, 2023 at 9:06 am

    Alright it’s settled, I’ll send my new bike to a shop so they can build it for me haha

  19. john smith on May 9, 2023 at 9:07 am

    im disabled and im trying to sketch out a blue print for a bike coz one of my legs is 3 inches shorter. so my right and left beddal have to be to separate pedal gears coz of my balance but ive no idea where to go to get messurements or get advice on how much it would cost coz there is nothing online that i can find that is helpful..

    what do i do?

  20. friedi506 on May 9, 2023 at 9:07 am

    Is a pump attached? Does it works good?

  21. Beerenmüsli on May 9, 2023 at 9:08 am

    That floor is amazing, holy guacamoly!

  22. Juan Pablo Morales on May 9, 2023 at 9:09 am

    Always use a torque wrench on caliper bolts… metal bolts on soft alloy can strip threads very easy.

  23. C Steger on May 9, 2023 at 9:10 am

    Finally a video that does a build from scratch. Thanks.

  24. _nullNull_ on May 9, 2023 at 9:11 am

    A few helpful comments, hopefully, ur best of working on a bench for small assemblies, cutting and the like, forks, use the PVC but place a 2 x4 on top and tap down with hammer, wood provides some give, lock the forks, cutting bars can use some water in spay bottle, in a vice with jaw guards, again using a pipe cutter, file with light Emery cloth by hand and a flat surface to tidy up the cut carbon fibre, even a little glue / resin to protect, fork headstock bearings pre-load etc just some basic assembly techniques not specific to bikes etc ta 😊

  25. Justin Nadon on May 9, 2023 at 9:13 am

    you look like jonny sins

  26. j8lech on May 9, 2023 at 9:13 am

    Is it cheaper to build yourself with the cost of the tools?

  27. alex malone on May 9, 2023 at 9:17 am

    Hello & thanks from Bucharest România 🇹🇩

  28. Binny Falco on May 9, 2023 at 9:18 am

    Been using the split crown race for the past 10 years and never had to worry about a VPC pipe or hammer.

  29. The Static Cat on May 9, 2023 at 9:19 am

    Question. My dad is thinking about collecting some bikes for repair and resell. Is there a "best" kit for him to get started. He’s very handy and has repaired cars and done other odd jobs. I think he could be good at this but would like him to get the right start. I was thinking to gift him the tools. If it’s one of the links above, I would gladly use it.

  30. Srdjan Babic on May 9, 2023 at 9:19 am

    Great video guys! First time on your channel, and already love it!
    After watching this video, I cant wait to start building! However, I have a small problem. I haven’t yet picked any parts!
    You presented all the parts before starting to build a bike. If we went a step back, what does one have to pay attention to when picking the parts that they want on their bicycle? What parts are we supposed to match, and what is the minimal set of things that we should consider when buying parts? Thanks guys!

  31. _nullNull_ on May 9, 2023 at 9:21 am

    It’s called ‘seating a bearing’, driving and tapping it home usually with a dolly of suitable size, shape and material so as not to damage the bearing / surfaces.

  32. channing-bryan- kelly on May 9, 2023 at 9:22 am

    How to get VIN ?

  33. Lidge1994 on May 9, 2023 at 9:23 am

    You two seem fun and interesting, also I may have set my saddle height wrong years ago, but it may also be that my weight is making the pedalling harder, haha

  34. _nullNull_ on May 9, 2023 at 9:25 am

    Bashing similar metals during assembly, fitting, is generally frowned upon, get some wood n brass. Sorry, I can’t watch this.

  35. pgreenx on May 9, 2023 at 9:25 am

    Can trust these guys who do this all the time without the proper tools

  36. Mr. AI on May 9, 2023 at 9:26 am

    Nice thanks 😊 for this video

  37. John R on May 9, 2023 at 9:30 am

    3:05 you can make a bearing press out of a long bolt, large washers, and nuts on each end.

  38. DDGB on May 9, 2023 at 9:36 am


  39. Berlyn Paul on May 9, 2023 at 9:36 am


  40. Ashuaria Tim Lee on May 9, 2023 at 9:37 am

    What has been ommited between 7:29 and 7:30 ?? the fork head has been shortened.

  41. marino4691 on May 9, 2023 at 9:37 am

    you have everything sponsored but you don’t use torque wrenches for the bottom bracket and crank?? The first tool I would buy is a high quality torque wrench

  42. Stitched on May 9, 2023 at 9:38 am

    toe .

  43. stealth_hunter on May 9, 2023 at 9:40 am

    is there any tutorial or website for choosing the right bike parts?

  44. Don Wongjohnson on May 9, 2023 at 9:40 am

    Sponsors like you get a discount?

  45. Fred Saburro on May 9, 2023 at 9:43 am

    Torque wrench?

  46. Pixel C on May 9, 2023 at 9:45 am

    Instead of hammering the headset together drill a hole in two 2×4 and sandwich the headset on either side. Drop an appropriately sized piece of threaded rod through, nut/washer, tighten.

  47. Jimin on May 9, 2023 at 9:45 am

    Is the process of building a road bike the same?

  48. _nullNull_ on May 9, 2023 at 9:46 am

    You guys race bikes? Where? What type? Series! Pro or Amateur? Ta.

  49. Beerenmüsli on May 9, 2023 at 9:46 am

    Niner makes quite nice frames and paint jobs, and that makes me consider a Niner as a future bike…

  50. Thanasis Stamatiou on May 9, 2023 at 9:47 am

    great , now i am only missing money

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