Sick Bike Parts and GasBike.. I F***ing Quit

Discussion in 'Dealer Reviews' started by jakemnz, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. jakemnz

    jakemnz New Member

    I'd say I have more missing or incorrect parts than I should for a project like this.

    GasBike: Wrong sized bolts for transmission, engine mount, and a handful of nuts and washers that don't fit any of the provided hardware. The engine mount itself was poorly made, the cutouts for the frame were beyond bad. No key for the clutch.. Of all things.. No screws to mount the transmission cover. Not a single piece of paper to reference to. They won't return my emails and the only time they picked up the phone was weeks ago when I called to ask for a shipping number.

    Sick Bike Parts: Where to begin.. I probably have more missing parts or wrong parts from SBP than I do GasBike. Nearly every screw/bolt/nut/washer was the incorrect size for anything. I used my own bolts washers and nuts for 90% of what's assembled from them so far, which is just a shift kit and bottom bracket adapter. I tried assembling the front freewheel, but got far too frustrated and gave up when literally nothing fit. Even separately the nuts were all either too big or way too small for the provided bolts and I once again had nothing left that would fit (I'm aware that 5 are meant to be used as spacers, it doesn't change the fact that the others were the complete wrong size). I called them but apparently their weekday hours are 5pm-7pm.. So I left a message about the issue and decided to see if I could do anything else. Maybe something going right will boost my confidence in this project. I went to install the jump stop chain guard and it's miles too short.

    There is now an unfinished MAB in my basement that I can't stand the sight of.

    Overall Rating and Final Comments:

    GasBike 4/10
    Their stuff is okay, I wouldn't recommend it however. Some missing/incorrect parts. Slow shipping. They don't seem to care about the customer. It's hard to be too critical however, I already knew that GasBike wasn't great.

    Sick Bike Parts 3/10
    I'm not sure why people recommend these guys. Their instructions weren't all that helpful. Most, if not all of the mounting hardware provided was completely the wrong size. Either their hours are a joke or they genuinely never answer the phone and their website uses outdated images of their products. In all honesty, I would tell someone to harass BikeBerry about their always out of stock shift kit before I recommend ordering anything from these people. Regardless of if they're the same or which is better, I'd hope the people at BikeBerry care enough to actually provide me with the right mounting hardware. I find it appalling, honestly appalling that someone expects to be paid for blindly throwing things in a box and shipping it. I'd ask for a full refund if I could also get one for the engine kit and bike I ordered. At this point I'd much rather just buy a motoped than invest any more of my time into this project because of how frustrating it has become.

    There's always an outlier for highly rated sources, looks like this time it's me.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2016

  2. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Did you read the shift kit instructions?
    Apparently not.
    I have built 52 shifters in total, 2-stroke, 4-stroke & electric), all the parts were from SBP and all were perfect.

    They require skill to assemble right.
    I give Sick Bike Parts a 10 out of 10 rating.
  3. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    Wow... Just wow... How many wrong bolts can a person receive in one sitting?

    Me thinks kc is on to something about skill...

    Edit: Oh yeah checking the poster's account it would appear 5 days prior to posting this thread he didn't even know what kit to buy from sbp...
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2017
  4. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    A shift kit is not something a rookie should start with, it requires special tools and some hand tool mating the engine to the shift kit, and there just is not that many bolts!

    Just read the instructions and follow along. Manual001 Rev A.pdf

    Every bolt has it's place and it's tricky to do.
  5. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    He needs the 4 stroke version but I think he quit a long time ago anyway, last seen October of last year...
  6. Newport

    Newport New Member

    After reading this I have to wonder how much ineptitude SBP staff has to deal with. After many requests I went into business assembling and selling HT 2 stroke motorized bikes, And stopped after my 4th customer. No one listens. They are not like a car or motorcycle, far more akin to riding a chainsaw or weed eater. One cannot expect to have it start up every time without careful maintenance. I now feel it's a bad idea to have one's motor bicycled built by someone other than the owner/rider so that they intimately learn how it all fits together. I've installed a couple shift kits and can only imagine the irate ignorant calls that they must get from people who can't follow directions. I admit that I installed one on the first bike I built and had more difficulties than if I were more experienced, however I got it done without blaming sbp for analyze problems. They are awesome!c
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  7. gary55

    gary55 Well-Known Member

    Most recent experiences. Gasbike/Kings orderd a thrust pipe to see if it's any good and 3 case gaskets. Got the pipe and 3 clutch cover gaskets. Contacted them and was sent 6 case gaskets. Ordered the 10 mag 10 cdi 2 carb combo. Got 9 cdi's 1 carb. Contacted them and received the rest of the missing products. Both times I sent complaint with pictures to Both purchases were made with paypal, but I didn't have to fill a complaint through paypal. This payment method gives them a little more incentive to respond. SBP. When I get new engines in I order jets from SBP 10 at a time and have ordered over 100. 1 time 1 jet was missing. Not even worth telling them about. 2 shifter kits both complete, both work perfectly.
  8. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    It depends on the experience of the builder I think.

    The kid with no 'real' tools or experience will only learn misery.

    A professional builder takes the 'kit' out of a motorized bike.
    Sure you have to shown them how to maintain the bike, but they are getting a frig'n well make bike ;-}
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  9. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    I mentioned it before, I'll say it again, only work with people who both have mechanical skill and the ability to learn, everyone else you'll be better off ignoring and sending somewhere else. Not everyone can be a doctor, not everyone can be a lawyer, and not everyone can build or maintain motorized bikes, put the wrong person in any of those positions and it is a recipe for disaster.
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  10. Arty

    Arty Active Member

    I think the biggest thing when getting into a motorized bike is the willingness to learn, and the temperament to do it with good heart.
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  11. 6blueoval9

    6blueoval9 Active Member

    I'm not really a motorized bicycle mechanic but, I played one on TV.
  12. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    ...And the tools to do it right, that is so important.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2017
  13. gary55

    gary55 Well-Known Member

    Basic mechanical skills and some tools. It's not rocket surgery, it's a motorized bike. Let's not get carried away.
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  14. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Hahaha, I love that ;-}
  15. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    It's not that common to hear complaints about SBP.
  16. gary55

    gary55 Well-Known Member

    Agree SBP I give100%.
  17. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    Sick bike parts hasn't failed me yet so... What can I say, their product works very well when used correctly. I still don't think this guy ordered the right kit. Has anyone realized that that bingo was his name-o.

    Did you ever believe in leprechauns?
  18. Sumsloppymeet

    Sumsloppymeet Member

    i love SBP and i agree with gary ive really no mechanical skill at all going into this and granted ive had my moments of room pacing aggrivation from this hobby i can say im finally seeing good results just gotta keep your integrity and not let that roadblock stop you for long i can definitly say tho my 4 years in the US ARMY definitly can play a roll to keep those values alive