Creme Bicycle Specifications

Creme Bicycle Specifications
W W W. C R E M E C Y C L E S . C O M
This manual meets EN Standards
14764 and 14781
WARNING: If you intend to use the bicycle on public roads, you must prepare it
to meet the local requirements for items such as lights and reflectors because
your bicycle may not prepared for riding on public roads in your country. Always follow all local traffic laws and regulations in force on public roads as well
as off-road, including regulations about bicycle lighting, reflectors, licensing of
bicycles, riding on sidewalks, laws regulating bike path and trail use, helmet
laws, child carrier laws and other special bicycle traffic laws.
WARNING: Some of the service procedures require specialist tools and good
mechanical skills. Therefore, to minimise the risk of serious or even fatal accidents, maintenance and assembly work on your bicycle should be carried out
by an authorised bicycle workshop.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This manual is not intended as a comprehensive use, service, repair or maintenance manual. Please consult your dealer for advice and your dealer may
also be able to refer you to classes, clinics or books on bicycle use, service, repair or
WARNING: The bicycle box contains instructions for components made by third
parties. You must study these carefully and follow the directions before riding
your bicycle.
INFORMATION: The maximum load on the rack is 8kg on the front and 20kg for the
rear. Note that mounting heavy objects on racks, especially on the front, will significantly
change the steering characteristics of your bike. It is advised to take some time to get
used to the bike with a loaded rack by riding it first on a side road or empty parking lot
before going on the street. Always make sure that your luggage is properly fastened to
the rack!
INFORMATION: The maximum total weight allowed (rider + clothing + protective gear + backpack, luggage etc.) is 100 kg.
WARNING: Never carry anything which obstructs your vision or your complete
control of the bicycle, or which could become entangled in the moving parts of
the bicycle.
INFORMATION: The bicycle you have just purchased is designed for riding on
a paved surface where the tires do not lose ground contact. Using the bicycle in off-road
conditions may lead to severe damage to some of the parts and may lead to serious
WARNING: The stem’s minimum insertion mark must not be visible above the
top of the headset. If the stem is extended beyond the minimum insertion mark
the whole steering system may fail and cause you to lose control of the bicycle.
This may result in injury and death.
WARNING: Do not extend the seat post above the minimum insertion mark.
WARNING: Alloy handlebars should be replaced at least once a year because
the can snap suddenly with no warning if submitted to fatigue stress for a
prolonged period of time.
WARNING: Take extra care and attention when mounting the front rack on the
Caferacer bicycles.
WARNING: As with all mechanical components, the bicycle is subjected to wear
and high stresses. Different materials and components may react to wear or
stress fatigue in different ways. If the design life of a component has been exceeded, it may suddenly fail possibly causing injuries to rider. Any form of crack,
scratches or change of colour in highly stressed areas indicate that the life of the
component has been reached and it should be replaced. When replacing any
components, especially the safety-critical ones, genuine spare parts complying
with your bicycles specifications are to be used only. The manual provided by
the part manufacturer contains full comprehensive details. For further information see the manual provided by the part manufacturer.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As a parent or guardian, you are responsible for the activities and
safety of your child, and that includes making sure that the bicycle is properly fitted to
the child and is safe for operating. You and your child must learn and understand how
to operate the bicycle safely, understand and obey not only the applicable local motor
vehicle, bicycle and traffic laws, but also the common sense rules of safe and responsible
bicycling. As a parent, you should read this manual, as well as review its warnings and
the bicycle’s functions and operating procedures with your child before letting it ride
the bicycle.
WARNING: Make sure that your child always wears an approved bicycle helmet
when riding. Make sure that your child understands that a bicycle helmet is
for bicycling only, and must be removed when not riding. A helmet must not
be worn while playing, in play areas, on playground equipment, while climbing trees, or at any time while not riding a bicycle.Failure to follow this warning
could result in serious injury or death.
WARNING: If you intend to put a child seat on your bicycle, you will need to
completely enclose any coil springs under the saddle with a suitable covering to
prevent the pinching or trapping of the child passenger’s fingers.
Congratulations on your purchase of one of the most stylish bicycles in the world. At
Creme, we are all very passionate about what we do, and seeing happy customers is the
biggest reward that we can get for working hard. So we do everything in our power to
make this happen, but even then, a bicycle that is not properly set up or maintained will
be a disappointment. That is why it’s so important that you acquaint yourself with this
manual before your first ride.
Please pay special attention to the safety information. Riding a bicycle is potentially dangerous, and this advice is important to help you avoid serious injury. If you have any
questions that cannot be answered by studying this manual, or find any problems with
your bicycle please contact a good bike workshop for assistance. It will usually be the
best thing to do, and will not only save time but also ensure that your bicycle is properly
prepared for you, and what’s most important - safe.
Now, make yourself some tea or coffee, or crack open a beer (non alcoholic of course)
and read on...
Make yourself familiar with the names of all the main parts of the bicycle by studying the
diagram below:
9 Handlebar
17 Seat binder
19 Caliper brake
4 Tire (with tube inside)
20 Roler brake
6 Rear rack
7 Disc brake
23 Rear derailleur
8 Brake lever
16 Seat post
24 Front derailleur
Front rack
This should always be carried out by the dealer where you purchased your bicycle. If
you buy a bicycle that is disassembled, or only partially assembled the warranty
will be void. Assembly should be done in your presence, in order to make the necessary
adjustments correctly, such as saddle height, handlebar angle and stem height. It is also
important to note that even if the bicycle is built up perfectly when new, it will need
some additional adjustments a few weeks (or around 50km) later. You should visit your
dealer and ask him to check the bicycle for you after this period. This is essential to keep
your warranty.
min. 5 cm paved surface
4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm allen keys, 8mm, 15mm open end wrench, Torx 25 wrench,
Philips head screwdriver, Pliers with cable cutting ability, Torque wrench
To check if the frame size is safe, the rider should straddle the bicycle while wearing
the kind of shoes which will be used for riding and stand straight with feet at on the
ground. The minimum distance between the rider’s crotch and top tube should be 5
cm (approx. 2 inches). This method of measuring the correct frame size does not apply
to bicycles with step-through frames, or so called “lady” frames. In case of these frames,
correct frame size should be determined first on a traditional diamond frame (so called
“men’s” frame).
As mentioned, riding a bicycle can be dangerous. You must keep this in mind and be
cautious at all times. See and be seen. Use lights and reflective clothing in low light
conditions at all times. Never shift gears when pedalling in reverse, and do not back
pedal directly after the shifter has been moved. This could make the chain jam causing
serious damage to your bicycle. Riding with a wheel that has not been properly secured
can make the wheel wobble or disengage from the bicycle resulting in serious injury
or death. If your bicycle has been equipped with a clip-and-strap system (toe clips and
straps) or clipless (step-in) pedals, make sure you know how they work; you should remember that special techniques and skills are to be used with such pedals. Note that in
some bicycle models the user’s toe or toe clip may touch the front wheel when a pedal
is all the way forward and the wheel is turned. This is normal, and your riding technique
should take this into account (i.e. you should not turn the handlebar sharply to the left
when your right foot is in the most forward position, or sharply to the right when your
left foot is in the most forward position). If your bicycle has been equipped with platform
type pedals that have metal pins attached, always ensure that pins are complete and
kept in good condition. Check out the handling and response of the bicycle as well as
the comfort. If you have any further questions, or if you have doubts about the proper
functioning of your bicycle, consult your dealer before riding it again.
WARNING: Reflectors are not to be used as a substitute for required lights. You
should abide by the local bicycle lighting regulations. Riding at times of poor
visibility such as dawn, dusk, night or others, without a proper bicycle lighting system and reflectors constitutes a hazard and may cause serious injury or
death. You should examine the bicycle lights and reflectors along with their
mounting brackets regularly to make sure that they are clean, straight, unbroken and properly and securely mounted.
WARNING: When your bicycle is on a bike stand or it’s upside down, never put
your finger or any other part of your body between the chain and the chainring
when the wheel is spinning. This is especially important on single speed bicycles with no derailleurs, because the chain is very tight. It is very easy to have
your finger crushed or even amputated in such a situation!
Always conduct a pre-ride check (detailed information can be found further in this manual). Never ride the bicycle if you observe any technical problems or have any doubts
about the proper functioning of any elements in the bicycle. Keep the bicycle clean
and well maintained. Make sure that your parts of the body as well as any other objects
do not touch the sharp teeth of the chainrings, chain wheels, sprockets, chain, cranks,
or spinning wheels of your bicycle. Your first rides on the bicycle should start slowly in
uncomplicated terrain so you can develop your skills gradually. You shouldn’t ride your
bicycle in remote areas unaccompanied. Even when riding in the company of others,
always let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to come back. Always keep some sort of identification with you, so that you could be identified in case
of an accident. In case of an accident or impact: first take care of your own situation
- check yourself for injuries, and take the best possible care of them. Get medical help
if necessary. Then, check your bicycle for damage. After a crash of any kind, you should
have your bicycle thoroughly checked by your dealer. You must not use the carbon composite components, such as frames, wheels, handlebars, stems, cranksets, forks, brakes,
etc. which have sustained an impact until they have been disassembled and thoroughly
inspected by a qualified mechanic. The bicycle components can undergo unusual stress
due to a crash or impact of other kind, causing their premature fatigue. Components
suffering from stress fatigue can break suddenly and catastrophically, which may result
in your losing control, serious injury or death.
Always carry a pump, spare inner tube, patch kit, and a basic tool kit. You may need this
in case of a flat tire or other common mechanical problem that is usually easy to fix if you
have the right tools. If you need to patch your inner tubes, always make sure to follow
the instruction manual provided by the tube repair kit manufacturer.
On bicycles sold in UK, Japan, Australia and other left-hand drive countries, the right lever
should operate the front brake and left lever should operate the rear brake. In countries
with right-hand drive traffic systems, it will be the opposite. However the user must
check and make sure which lever is connected to which brake before the first ride
because it is possible that the bicycle was imported from a country where brakes
are set up differently to the standards applying in the country where the bicycle
will be used.
If your bicycle is equipped with gears, you can choose a gear combination that is most
comfortable for the riding conditions. Gears will allow you to maintain a constant rate
of pedalling. Use lower gears for going uphill and higher gears for going downhill. Try to
pedal with less effort while shifting gears so as to prevent early gear and chain wear and
tear. Ask your dealer for more advice on this issue.
Protect your bicycle against theft by purchasing a lock and never leaving your bicycle
unlocked while unattended, even if you are going to leave it only for a short while.
CAUTION: Watch out for the brakes - they can be powerful and activating them too aggressively can result in a crash. Learn to get a feel of the brakes practicing it on a side road
or in an empty car park before you ride your bicycle for the first time.
WARNING: Wet weather conditions dramatically increase the risk of an accident as they impair traction, braking and visibility, both for the cyclist and for
other road users. Wet conditions dramatically reduce the stopping power of
your brakes (especially rim brakes) as well as of the brakes of other vehicles
sharing the road and your tires can lose their grip. Therefore, it is more difficult to control your speed and you may lose control easily in such conditions.
To make sure that you are able to reduce speed and come to a stop safely
in wet conditions, try to ride more slowly and start braking earlier and more
gradually than you would under normal dry conditions.
Bicycle Suspension
If your bicycle has been equipped with any sort of a suspension system, make sure you
read and follow the suspension set up and service instruction manual provided by the
manufacturer. If you haven’t been provided the manufacturer’s instruction manual, contact your dealer or the manufacturer.
WARNING: Failure to maintain, check and properly adjust the suspension system may cause suspension malfunction, in result of which you may lose control
and fall.
If your bicycle has been equipped with suspension, the increased speed you may develop will also increase the risk of injury. For example, when braking, the front of a bicycle
with a suspension fork dip. You can easily lose control and fall if you are not prepared for
this. Please, learn how to operate your suspension system safely.
WARNING: Introducing changes in the suspension adjustment can alter the handling and braking characteristics of your bicycle. It is forbidden to change the
suspension adjustment unless you are thoroughly familiar with the suspension
system manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations; you should always
check for changes in the handling and braking characteristics of the bicycle after the suspension has been adjusted by taking a careful test ride in a safe area.
Thanks to the use of suspension the wheels can follow the terrain better, which can enhance control and comfort. This improved capacity may provide opportunity for riding
faster, but you should be careful not to mistake the enhanced capabilities of the bicycle
for your own riding skills. Improving skills takes time and practice.
CAUTION: Not every bicycle can be safely retrofitted with certain types of suspension
systems. Before planning to retrofit a bicycle with any suspension system, check with
the bicycle’s manufacturer to make sure that the modification you are going to make is
compatible with the bicycle’s design. Failure to do so can result in damage to the frame
and your bicycle may be difficult to control due to improper geometry that results from
the modification.
IMPORTANT: make sure your wheels function properly before each use, check if the
mounting bolts are secure, check that the freewheel engages correctly. If there is any
malfunction of the hubs, they should not be used under any condition. In case of any
doubt, consult an experienced bike mechanic. Rear hub axle bolts should be tightened
alternately! Do not over-tighten the bolt on one side without counter tightening on the
If your bicycle has been equipped with through axle front or back wheels, make sure that
you have been provided with the manufacturer’s instruction manual, which you are to
follow when installing or removing wheels with this system. If you are not sure what
a thru-axle/through axle is, ask your dealer for information. It is crucial for you to
understand what type of a wheel securing method is required on your bicycle, to
know how to secure the wheels correctly, and how to apply the correct clamping
force to secure the wheel safely. Ask your dealer to instruct you on how to remove and
install the wheel on your bicycle properly, and provide you with any available manufacturer’s instruction manual.
There are three general types of bicycle brakes: rim brakes, which work by squeezing
the wheel rim between two brake pads; disc brakes, which work by squeezing a hubmounted disc between two brake pads; and internal hub brakes. All three can be operated by way of a handlebar mounted lever. On some models of bicycle, the internal hub
brake is operated by pedalling backwards. This is called a Coaster Brake.
WARNING: Riding with brakes that have not been adjusted properly, worn brake
pads, or wheels with a visible rim wear marks constitutes a hazard and can cause
serious injury or death. Too hard or too sudden application of the brakes can cause
the wheel to lock up and make you lose control and fall. Applying the front brake
too suddenly or excessively may result in the rider’s pitching over the handlebars,
potentially causing serious injury or death. Bicycle brakes may be very powerful, especially disc brakes or linear-pull brakes. You should be extra careful while
learning how to operate such brakes and take particular care while using them.
WARNING: Disc brakes can heat up extremely when their application is prolonged. Don’t touch a disc brake until it has had plenty of time to cool. Remember that brake pads in all brake types will wear out, which will ultimately reduce
their efficiency.
For information on how to operate and maintain your brakes and when to replace the
brake pads see the brake manufacturer’s operation and maintenance manual. If you
have not been provided with the manufacturer’s instruction manual, contact your dealer
or the brake manufacturer. When replacing worn or damaged parts the manufacturerapproved genuine spare parts are to be used only.
WARNING: It’s vital for your safety to learn and remember which brake is controlled by which brake lever on your bicycle.
Brake controls and features
Acquaint yourself with the setup of your brakes by alternately squeezing the left and
right brake lever and observing which brake lever activates the front brake, and which
one activates the rear brake. You should be able to reach the brake levers with your
hands and squeeze them easily. If you find out that your hands are too small to do so,
you should consult it with your dealer before riding the bicycle. In some models the
lever reach may be adjusted, or you may need a different brake lever design. On bicycles
with coaster brakes, the rear brake is controlled by the cranks, and there is usually one
lever on the handlebar which controls the front brake.
Operation of the braking system
The bicycle braking system’s function is based on friction between two braking surfaces.
To assure it’s proper functioning you should maintain the rims, brake pads, disc rotors
and calliper clean and free of dust, dirt, grease, lubricants, waxes and polishes. There
are special chemical cleaners available on the market designed specifically for cleaning
these surfaces. Bicycle brakes have been designed to control the speed of your bicycle
by reducing it or preventing the bicycle from moving. The maximum braking force for
each wheel is achieved just before the moment the wheel stops rotating (“locks up”)
and starts skidding. The instant it has begun to skid, the most of your bicycle’s stopping
power and all directional control is lost. Therefore, it is necessary to learn how to slow
down your bicycle and bring it to a halt smoothly avoiding a wheel lockup.
Lever operated brakes are activated simply by squeezing the levers on the handlebars. The
more pressure you apply, the more force will be applied to the wheels. Coaster brakes are
activated by turning the cranks backwards. You need to start with the pedal cranks in a
nearly horizontal position, with the front pedal in the 4 o’clock position. You then need to
apply downward foot pressure on the pedal that is in the back. Activation of the brake will
take place after approximately 1/8 rotation. The more downward pressure you apply, the
more braking force, up to the point where the rear wheel stops rotating and begins to skid.
You should learn a progressive brake modulation technique so that you could be able
to precisely and accurately control the amount of braking force with given amount of
input. Instead of applying the the force abruptly, it’s better to gradually increase the
braking force. The instant the wheel begins to lock up, slightly release pressure to keep
it rotating, just short of lockup. You should learn how much brake pressure is needed for
each wheel at different speeds and on different surfaces. Reducing the bicycle’s speed
by applying one or both brakes will transfer the weight to the front wheel as the rider’s
body continues at the speed at which it was going. Heavy braking will result in the transfer of weight to the front wheel, which in extreme situations may send the rider’s body
flying over the handlebars. Greater brake pressure is needed for a wheel burdened with
a heavier load to lock up, whereas a wheel burdened with less weight will lock up with
less brake pressure applied. When the brakes are activated you should move your body
backwards in order to transfer weight to the back, simultaneously decreasing the rear
braking force and increasing the front braking force. It is especially important when you
are descending. The weight transfer is more evident on bicycles equipped with a front
suspension fork as it dips under braking and thus intensifies the weight transfer. To control your speed effectively and bring your bicycle to a halt safely you need to be in control of the wheel lockup and the weight transfer. You should practice braking and weight
transfer techniques in safe places free from traffic and distractions.
WARNING: Before riding, make sure that the brakes are working properly. If in
any doubt, have the bicycle checked by your dealer before you ride it.
WARNING: If your bicycle has only a coaster brake, ride conservatively. A single
rear brake does not have the stopping power of front-and-rear brake systems.
CAUTION: Coaster brake service and adjustment requires special tools and special
knowledge. Do not attempt to disassemble or service your coaster brake. Take the bicycle to your dealer for coaster brake service.
Shifting gears/Gear shifting
Shifting can be controlled by using various types of controls and methods: by using levers, twist grips, triggers, combination shift-brake controls and push-buttons. Your dealer
should explain what type of shifting controls your bicycle has been equipped with, and
to show you how they should be operated.
CAUTION: Never shift gears when pedalling in reverse, nor back pedal directly after the shifter has been moved. This could make the chain jam causing serious damage to your bicycle.
We suggest you should find the gear relevant to your riding skills level, to do so check
which gear will be hard enough for you to accelerate quickly and yet at the same time
easy enough for you to be able to start your bicycle from a halt without wobbling. After
you have found your “starting gear” go on to experiment with upshifting and downshifting to learn how to operate different gear combinations. Different conditions require different combinations, e.g. the combination of the largest rear and the smallest front gears will work on the steepest hills, while the combination of the smallest
rear and the largest front gears will be used for reaching the greatest speed. Shifting
gears in sequence is not necessary. At first we suggest you practice shifting gears on
a location free from obstacles, hazards or other traffic, until you’ve built up your confidence. Learn to anticipate the need to shift, and shift to a lower gear before the hill gets
too steep. Difficulties with shifting may indicate a mechanical adjustment problem, in
which case you should contact your dealer for help.
WARNING: If the derailleur does not shift smoothly, you should not shift further,
it as it may be out of adjustment and the chain could jam, causing you to lose
control and fall.
Failure to shift to the next gear smoothly after moving the shift control by one click
repeatedly indicates that the mechanism might incorrectly adjusted. You should have it
checked by your dealer. If your bicycle has been equipped with a single-speed drivetrain
system, or internal gear hub (hence has no external derailleur) the chain needs tension
to make sure it doesn’t come off the sprocket or chainring.
Check tightness of chain & bolts before every ride! The drive train is exposed to extreme
loads. Any looseness or play in drive train may cause damage to particular elements. Before each ride check: crank set, rear hub, cassette and freewheel, pedals and chainrings
- crank arm connection. The bicycle should be cleaned and lubricated with dedicated
grease systematically. Chain lubrication depends on weather and terrain conditions. Water and mud speed up wear of the chain. Clean and lubricate chain after each ride in wet
or muddy conditions. The rear derailleur should shift gears smoothly. You can adjust gear
shifting through a rear shifter barrel or by tensioning the cable under the cable anchor
washer. Increasing the tension of the cable facilitates shifting to a lower gear, decreasing
the tension of the cable facilitates shifting to a higher gear. Check if the pedals are properly threaded into the cranks. Looseness may cause damage of crank thread. Regularly
check looseness in pedals to crank set connection.
CAUTION: It is crucial to apply correct tightening force on fasteners, nuts, bolts, screws
on your bicycle so as to avoid components failure or damage, which can result in your
losing control of the bicycle and falling. Using too little force may result in the fastener
not holding securely, moving and undergoing fatigue. Applying too much force may
cause the fastener to strip threads, stretch, deform or break. If you observe any problems
at the pre-ride check, consult a professional bicycle mechanic instantly for advice. You
can ride the bicycle again only after the problem has been resolved.
Before every ride you should always make a pre-ride check. It should include the following points:
Frame and fork structure
Clean the frame and fork and examine them CAREFULLY for any signs of cracks, corrosion, dents, paint peeling or other defects. If anything suspicious is found, contact your
local bicycle dealer for a proper inspection. These are important safety checks and very
important to help prevent accidents, injury and shortened product lifespan. Do not ride
the bicycle if you see any defects in the frame and fork.
Check if the brakes are working properly by testing their efficiency in a parking lot or on
a side road. When the brake is applied with full force, the distance from the brake lever
to the handlebar should be bigger than 2cm. Check the brake pads too - you should
replace damaged and worn out elements and adjust immediately when improper function is noticed. To do this, contact your dealer or the closest authorised bike service.
Remember that improper setup of the brake can cause serious injury or death. Follow
the brake manufacturer’s instructions closely for setup and maintenance. The instructions are supplied in the box with every bicycle. If you are in doubt about their correct
function, contact your local bicycle shop.
If your bicycle has rim brakes, inspect the rim walls to check if they are not excessively
worn out by the brakes. A groove made by manufacturer on the sidewall of a rim should
always be visible. On rims without a groove/safety mark it is important to check if f the
braking surface has not become deformed by the brake pads. The rims should be replaced as soon as a visible deformation of the rim surface occurs.
Control position adjustments
It is possible to adjust the angle and position of brakes and shift controls on the handlebars. Ask your dealer to make the necessary adjustments for you. If you choose to adjust
the control lever angle on your own, be sure to re-tighten the clamp fasteners to the
recommended torque (see the manufacturer’s instruction manual).
Check the brake cables and their housing for kinks, rust, broken strands, or frayed ends.
If you notice any damage, you should ask a bicycle shop to replace the cables immediately. Damaged cables can seriously impede braking efficiency.
Steering system
The steering system includes: handle bar, stem, headset and fork. All elements should be
connected firmly for riding safety.
WARNING: Proper assembly and functioning of the steering system is critical for
your safety!!!
Your dealer is responsible for proper assembly of the steering system for you. If you wish
to make any adjustments yourself, be warned that incorrect setup can be very dangerous and we always advise you to seek professional advice for this! Check the connection
between the handlebars and stem. Try pushing the handlebars up and down - there
should be no movement between these two elements.
All parts of the stem should be regularly checked for damage or cracks. If you find anything suspicious, contact an experienced bike mechanic immediately. A defective steering system can cause serious injury or death.
Wheels and tires
Check if the wheels are straight (lift the bicycle and spin each wheel - the rim should not
move more than around 1mm to each side). Check if all the spokes are tight by running
your hand around each wheel on both sides. Contact your bicycle dealer to resolve any
problems. Do not attempt to ride a bicycle with wheels that are not straight or with
spokes that are loose, as it is a dangerous to your health and life. Check if the tires are
properly inflated (see the prints on the side walls for instructions about the optimum
pressure: usually 3.5 – 4.5 bar depending on tire size, terrain and weather conditions).
Use a proper bicycle pump with a pressure gauge to achieve the correct pressure. Check
the overall conditions of the tires, if they are damaged, torn or worn out you should replace them before riding. Using worn or damaged tires is dangerous. Make sure tires are
correctly inflated and are in good shape. Spin each wheel slowly and look for cuts in the
tread and sidewall. Replace damaged tires before riding the bicycle.
Front fork connections
Things to check before each ride: a) Check wheel axle to fork connection, b) Check brake
clamp to fork connection, c) Check headset looseness, d) Check stem to handlebar connection, e) Clean fork stanchion tubes, f ) Check general fork condition (take special note
of any cracks or deformations). Do not ride if any defects noticed! For information about
servicing suspension forks mounted on the bicycle it is necessary to follow manufacturer’s instructions closely. The user manual for the suspension forks are supplied in the box
with every bicycle. Check wheel axle to fork connection - this is critical for your safety. If
you have axle nuts they should be tightened according to the manufacturer’s specification. If you have a quick release make sure that it is set to the CLOSED position, and that
there is a significant amount of resistance when pushing the lever and that it is set to the
CLOSED position (FIG.1). The amount of resistance can be adjusted by turning the knob
on the opposite side of the lever when the lever is in the open position. Never leave the
quick release loose, and do not try to turn it like a screw.
Some bicycles have secondary retention devices on front wheel, usually those secondary retention devices look like special washers with a hook.
WARNING: all bicycles with disc brakes and standard fork-ends must be operated with special safety washers in place. Bicycles with reversed fork-ends can
be used without the safety washers. Failing to use special safety washers with
standard fork-ends can lead to a serious accident in a situation where the quick
release is not properly fastened. The force from the disc brake can eject the
wheel from the fork.
Please refer to the diagram below in order to identify these terms:
fork end
fork end
Standard safety
- must be
mounted on all
bikes without
disc brakes
Special safety washer
- must be mounted
on all bikes with disc
brakes, unless the fork
has reversed fork ends
Bicycles with standard fork ends (thus requiring special safety washers) are the following
Tempo Doppio, model year 2013 and 2014, Ristretto Doppio, model year 2012, 2013 and
2014, Ristretto Solo, model year 2012 and 2013.
If your bicycle has disc brakes and standard fork ends, and for any reason does
not have special safety washers please do not ride the bicycle and contact us immediately.
Reference bolt tightening torque values (please always refer to the manufacturer’s
instruction manual first, the values shown below do not apply to ALL types of
components that may be mounted on the bicycle):
Bolt type:
Tightening torque (N-m):
Stem steer tube bolt
Stem handlebar bolts
Front hub axle bolts
17 (for 10mm axle hubs)
Rear wheel bolts/nuts
Crank to bottom bracket bolts
Seat binder, Seat post clamp bolts M5
Seat binder, Seat post clamp bolts M6
Brake calliper screws to frame and fork
Shifting lever, Brake lever
Disc brake screws to hub
Rear derailleur: main fixing bolt
Rear derailleur: cable fixing bolt
Bolts in seat post clamp:
13mm or 14mm nut
mounting bolts that secure the rack to the fork
It is possible to make some adjustments to your bicycle that will influence your riding
position. These adjustments can make a great difference to riding pleasure, speed and
safety. Unless you are a very competent cyclist and mechanic, do not attempt to execute
any of these adjustments yourself. Seek advice at your local bicycle shop. The basic adjustment points are listed below:
Handlebar height and angle.
Quill stem
Threadless stem
Your bike is equipped either with a “threadless” stem, which clamps on to the top part
of the steerer tube, or with a “quill” stem, which clamps inside the steerer tube with an
expanding wedge. If your bike has a “threadless” stem your dealer may be able to change
handlebar height by moving height adjustment spacers from below the stem to above
the stem, or vice versa. You can also replace the stem with one that has different length
or rise. You can also adjust the angle of the handlebars. These adjustments should be
made by your dealer or by a professional bicycle mechanic. Do not attempt to do this
yourself, as it requires special knowledge. If your bike has a “quill” stem you can ask your
dealer to adjust the handlebar height by adjusting the level of insertion of the stem into
the fork. Note that a quill stem has will have a mark showing the “minimum insertion” or
“maximum extension” level. This mark must not be visible above the headset. With a “quill
stem” you can also ask your dealer to adjust the angle of the handlebars.
WARNING: A quill stem’s Minimum Insertion Mark (or Maximum Extension
Mark) must not be visible above the top of the headset. If the stem is extended
beyond the this mark, the stem may break or damage the fork’s steerer tube,
which could cause you to lose control and fall.
WARNING: On some bicycles, adjustments in the position of the steering system
can affect the tension of the brake cables. This can result in locking of the brakes
or can create excess cable slack which can make the brakes inoperable. Therefore after each adjustment of the steering system, the brakes must be checked
before you ride the bicycle.
WARNING: Never extend the stem above the minimum insertion mark that can
be found on the lower part of the stem’s shaft!
Adjusting saddle height.
This should be carried out using an 5 mm hex wrench. Unscrew the seat binder bolt,
set the saddle at a certain height, then re-tighten the bolt and sit on the bicycle (FIG.2).
Repeat until you find the best position. The tightening torque of the seat binder should
be around 12Nm.
WARNING: Never extend the seat post above the minimum insertion mark that
can be found on the lower part of the seat post!
Adjusting the rail saddle position.
This should be done using a 5mm or 6mm hex wrench. When you loosen this bolt(s), it is
possible to change the angle of the saddle and it’s fore and aft position (FIG.3). Try experimenting with various combinations. A general rule is that the saddle should be set more
or less in the central position, and should be tilted slightly to the rear (the nose should
be pointing up around 3 -5 degrees). This will put more body weight on the saddle and
take of some pressure from your hands. Tighten the bolts to the following torque: M5:
10Nm, M6: 12Nm.
FIG. 2
FIG. 3
Take care of your bicycle, and you will enjoy it for a longer time. Also take some time to
periodically inspect the bicycle in more detail - this is important for your safety. Here is
some basic information. A good rust inhibitor should be applied to the inside of your
frame at least once a year. Regular cleaning will remove salt and other chemicals from
the surface of your bicycle minimising the likelihood of external corrosion. It is very important that paint chips and scratches get touched up as soon as possible with factory
touch-up paint or nail polish. Prior to painting, make sure that the surface is free of rust,
clean and dry. The frame does not require any lubrication with the exception of the in-
side of the seat tube. Periodically inspect the fork for any signs of damage. If you suspect
it may be broken, bent, cracked do not use it. Inspect if the steer tube and fork blades are
straight and dropouts for cracks or damage. Do not ride on the damaged fork - it may
cause serious injury or death. Note: The handlebars should be replaced at least once a
year as they are submitted to fatigue. Check the cranks for play (hold the bicycle with
one hand, and the pedals with the other and look for play by trying to push the pedals
from one side of the bicycle to the other). If any play is found contact your local bike
shop. Periodically check hubs for play and have the bearings adjusted if necessary by
professional bicycle mechanic. The bearings should be lubricated about once a year.
Keep your chain cleaned and lubed. This is especially important if you ride often in wet
conditions. Use proper bicycle chain lubricants, WD-40 is not one of them!
WARNING: As for all mechanical components, the bicycle is subject to wear and
tear as well as high stresses. The reaction of various materials and components
to wear or stress fatigue may differ. Having exceeded the life expectancy of a
component may result in its sudden failure, possibly causing injuries to the
rider. Any forms of breaks, cracks, scratches or changes of colouring in highly
stressed areas indicate that the life of the component has been reached and it
should be replaced.
NOTE Enclosing any other relevant information will be at the discretion of the manufacturer.
1.Creme Cycles sp. z o.o. sp. k. (hereinafter referred to as CREME) warrants all it’s new
bicycles against defects in materials and workmanship as stated below:
- mechanical structure of frames & forks: for the lifetime of the original owner,
- mechanical structure of all other components: for a period of 2 years,
- paint and decals: for a period of 1 year.
2.If any defects are noticed in the bicycle, the Customer must stop using the product
immediately and should report this to the dealer that sold it within 14 days. Using
a damaged bicycle will void the warranty, lead to more extensive damage and may
pose a serious hazard to the rider’s health and life.
3.The warranty period starts from the day when the product is purchased. This purchase must be documented with the cash receipt plus filled in warranty card (which
includes the following information: date of purchase, serial number of frame, name
of bicycle model, customers name and name of dealer).
4. The warranty applies only to the original owner and is not transferable.
5.Claims under this warranty should be made through the dealer where the bicycle
was purchased.
6.The bicycle should be submitted to a mandatory check-up between the 3rd and 5th
week from date of purchase (or after 50km of riding) to an authorised bicycle dealer.
The confirmation of this check-up should be documented in the warranty card. Failure to do this will void the warranty.
The warranty is valid only if the bicycle is sold by an authorised dealer in
a ready-to-ride condition.
8.If a certain part of the bicycle will require replacement under this warranty, parts
that are similar in function to the originals shall be provided. It may not always be
possible to provide parts that are identical. The decision if a broken part requires
replacement or repair will be made by the dealer who sold the bicycle. The dealer’s
decision will be conclusive and binding.
9.The warranty does not cover normal wear and tear of tires, chains, brake pads, bearings, cogs and chainrings. Wheel truing, lubricating, brake adjustment, drive train
adjustment and other typical maintenance procedures are not covered by the warranty and must be conducted by a professional bicycle workshop at the cost of the
10.The warranty does not cover: labor charges for replacing parts, paint and decals,
problems that result from excessive loads occurring during extreme riding or from
incorrect riding technique. The warranty does not cover: the cost of travel or shipment to and from an authorised dealer. Such costs, if any, shall be borne by the
original owner.
11.This warranty is void if: the warranty card is filled in incorrectly or incompletely, any
modifications have been made to the bicycle by the customer, damage has been
caused by external parts that have been incorrectly assembled on the bicycle, the
product had not been used, maintained or repaired according the manufacturer’s
instructions, the bicycle had been sold disassembled, or only partially assembled,
the product was transferred to any third party.
12.Directions on how to deal with warranty cases shall be provided by the distributor
of the product in the region where it was purchased.
13.This limited warranty does provide the original owner with certain legal rights and
recourse and the original owner may possess other rights or recourse, depending
on the state, jurisdiction, country, or province. Please be informed that this is a final
statement of CREME and all the remedies available to the original owner are stated
herein. CREME does not allow or authorise any entity (including authorised dealers)
to extend any other express or implied warranties on its behalf. An original owner
agrees that CREME’S liability under this warranty under no circumstances shall be
greater than the original purchase price. In no event shall CREME be liable for incidental or consequential damages. All other remedies, obligations, liabilities, rights,
warranties, express or implied, arising from law or otherwise, including (but not
limited to) any claimed implied warranty of merchantability, any claimed implied
warranty arising from course of performance, course of dealing or usage of trade,
and any claimed implied warranty of fitness, are disclaimed by CREME and waived
by the original owner. Some states, jurisdictions, countries, and provinces do not
allow some or all of the limitations set forth herein, or the exclusion or limitation of
incidental or consequential damages. If any provision is found unenforceable, only
that provision shall be stricken and all others shall apply.
This Creme Caferacer carrier MUST be mounted by a professional bicycle workshop, strictly according to the instructions in this leaflet. Failing to do so can
result in a serious accident caused by the rack blocking the front wheel!
This front carrier is designed only for Creme Caferacer Bikes and cannot be used
with any other bicycle.
The maximum load capacity of Creme Caferacer front carrier is 10 kg. This load
cannot be exceeded under any circumstances !
The Creme Caferacer front carrier was not designed for child-seat attachment
and it is not suitable to mount one.
The Creme Caferacer front carrier mounting bolts should be checked frequently.
If any bolts are loose or missing, you must stop riding the bicycle immediately.
It is forbidden under any circumstances to modify The Creme Caferacer front
Please make sure that any luggage fitted to Creme Caferacer front rack is securely fitted in accordance with the manufacturer instructions and there are no
loose straps that can get caught in any of the wheels.
Advice – any reflectors/lamps attached to the Creme Caferacer front rack
shouldn’t be obscured when luggage is attached.
Advice – please distribute luggage evenly between the two sides of the luggage carrier.
STEP 1: Identify all the components of the front rack.
1 stay 1 2 stay 2 3 main tray 4 lamp 5 nuts 6 front bolts 7 safety strip
STEP 2: Remove
the 4 bolts that
come threaded
into the side of
the front fork.
STEP 3: Assemble the front rack as shown on the photographs. The bolts connecting
the side stays with the main tray should be tightnened using two tools with a torque of
7 Nm.
STEP 4: Apply Loctite (or other thread locking compound) to 2 bolts and fasten the bottom legs of the rack to the fork like so:
Do not tighten the bolts yet !
STEP 5: Dismount the front caliper brake from the fork crown, slide the fender mount
off the bolt, then slide the safety strip onto the caliper bolt, like on the attached photo.
STEP 6: Wrap the strip around the rack, and return to the caliper bolt. Then slide the
fender mount back onto the caliper bolt. Like so:
STEP 7: Put the caliper back into the fork crown, (make sure that the front fender eyelet
is also mounted on the caliper bolt) and tighten the mounting bolt. Make sure Loctite (or
other thread locking compound is used).
STEP 8: Align the rack so that you can mount the two top bolts. Before you thread them
into the fork, make sure they are coated with Loctite (or other thread locking compound).
In this position, the safety strip should be slack, not very tight.
STEP 9: Tighten the 4 mounting bolts that secure the rack to the fork (indicated by the
arrows) with a force of 7 Nm. Make sure that a spring washer is moutned under each bolt
head, as on the photo below
Dealer’s stamp
Bike, model: .........................................................................................................................................................................
Frame serial number: ....................................................................................................................................................
Fork serial number (if any): .......................................................................................................................................
Price: .........................................................................................................................................................................................
Date of purchase: ............................................................................................................................................................
I certify that I am acquainted with the actual specification of the bicycle (this can be slightly different than
that published by the distributor).
Buyer’s signature: ............................................................................................................................................................
Dealer’s signature: ..........................................................................................................................................................
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