Tech Tip: Tightening Your Stem Bolts

August 14, 2018 by · Comments Off 

Box Tech Tips: Stem Bolts
This week in the Box Tech Tips series, Tyler Brown takes us through a bike maintenance step that every whip-wrencher should know: tightening the stem bolts properly. It’s easy to think “heck, just cinch ‘em up, and send the kid out there,” but THAT is where the “tips” part of “tech tips” comes in. Read more

Tech Tips: Crank-Down Some New Cranks

June 28, 2018 by · Comments Off 

Box Tech Tips - Crank Installation
There’s almost nothing worse than an old, creaky, stiff-as-a-wet-noodle pair of cranks. However-much power you put down to the pedals, an out of date pair of crank arms and a slightly-twisted spindle will surely bleed your need for speed.

This week in the Box Tech Tips series, Tyler Brown has a new frame, ready to accept a spankin-new set of Box Vector cranks (including bottom bracket).

The process is virtually the same whether you’re building up a new frame or retrofitting your old-faithful for another go-fast season. Same goes for the cranks. Most pro-size cranks install similar to the model depicted in the video (with the exception of the bottom bracket tool). Mini cranks are a bit different with their “square-taper” spindle. We will get into that in a future Box Tech Tips vid.

Tyler breaks it down in three bite-sized morsels:

Crank Installation #1

Crank Installation #2

Crank Installation #3

Give your feet a firm handshake with the track via some new cranks. Now that you know how to navigate the install yourself, it’s easier than ever. Check the links below for more info on the vector cranks, and to order-up a set if you’re in the market.


Box One M35 Crankset (172.5mm – 180mm)

Box One M30-M Crankset (145mm-155mm)

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Tech Tips: Don’t Break Your Brakes

June 19, 2018 by · Comments Off 

Box Tech Tips: Brake Adjustment

Yes, it’s true that you won’t win races by slowing down, but you also don’t avoid that dude’s back wheel when setting up the high low, without a little dive-conscious tap on the lever for pinpoint clearance. Then, it’s all sunlight upfront, straight on to the stripe.

This week in the Box Tech Tips series, Tyler Brown takes us through dialing in your calipers, Cali style.

There are three videos to this part of the series: Replacing and installing new brake pads, adjusting your V Brake arms and Adjusting brake pads.

Installing new brake pads

Adjusting the V-Brake Arms

Adjusting the Brake Pads

You should be checking the free-rolling motion of your back wheel every-so-often, because if your brakes are rubbing, you have an onboard drag-devil slowing you down. But, as Tyler just demonstrated, a few turns of the ol Allen wrench, and some proper maintenance, and you’re rollin smooth, in perpetuity.


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