Ferrum Bikes Owner's Use & Care Guide
Ferrum Owners will find this guide extremely useful for preserving the life, warranty and value of their frame. We spend many hours building and assembling each frame to meticulous standards, once your frame is delivered, the care and maintenance is the sole responsibility of you, the owner of the frame.
We highly recommend washing only with a microfiber towel and automobile detailer/waterless wash spray. Spray on, let it sit and penetrate for ~1-2 minutes, then wipe off with your soft microfiber towel. This method is the most eco friendly and will keep your bike looking amazing for many years if done properly.
All Ferrum frames are protected with a military grade internal rust protection film. The film is permanent but it’s not rated for prolonged water retention from negligence. *Do Not Allow Water to Enter the the Internal Dropper Seat Post Routing Hole*.
The initial treatment film is designed to withstand most typical riding conditions and condensation. It also protects when riding in wet areas and humid climates.
Please respect Earth’s finite resources such as fresh water and don’t just blast your frame with a water hose! If you insist on cleaning your frame with a water hose, please don’t allow water to enter the dropper seat post internal cable hole area. For peace of mind, you can temporarily plug the hole with something while you wash your bike. If you want an added layer of protection, there are also rubber internal cable routing frame plugs available for low cost here (choose thin):
*NEVER USE A PRESSURE WASHER ON ANY MOUNTAIN BIKE*
Every bike requires maintenance. Your Ferrum mountain bike frame is no different. Your Ferrum mountain bike frame arrives treated to prevent rust during final assembly but your frame requires periodic maintenance of this protection to retain your warranty. If you live in a dry climate and you’re not giving your frame swimming lessons, you will require less of this type of upkeep. If you live in a place where it’s extremely humid or they salt the roads in the winter, you’re already familiar with this type of practice with automobiles etc.
For peace of mind, we suggest before/after every season that you apply a rust preventative coating to the frame through the purge/vent/breather holes in the frame tubes. We highly recommend “Pro Gold Steel Frame Protector”, “Fluid Film”, “Protection First Class”, “WD-40 Long Term Corrosion Protector”, “XCP Rust Blocker” or even chain lube, as recommended by other popular steel frame manufacturers/builders. We’ve tested “Fluid Film” and “Pro Gold Steel Frame Protector” and they held up to serious abuse. Most of these films are non-hazardous, non-toxic and typically won’t affect the frame finish at all.
REMINDER: Do not allow water to enter the dropper post internal cable routing hole. If very little enters, this is fine but anything more than ~3ml will require seat post and BB removal for drying and evaporation. RTV or a cable routing frame plug will add additional peace of mind. Purchase a “thin” internal cable frame plug here:
Ferrum Full Suspension Chromoly Steel Mountain Bike Frames from 2018-2021 (LV/MV/NV) use 4 pivot bearings. The bearings are #6001-2rs and can be purchased from most any local hardware store or online. They are very slight interferance fit and retained via side clamping force from the pivot axle. They must also be locked in their cups with Loctite 635/638 or Vibra-Tite 541 retaining compound.
To remove the bearings use a hair dryer (heat guns are too hot and will damage the frame finish) to warm up the assembly and a drift to tap them out. If you don’t have a bearing drift a shallow 17-18mm socket placed on the inside of the rear triangle pivot arms with a 6″ 3/8″ socket extension works as well. When installing new bearings, re-apply the recommended retaining compound to the bearing outer race surfaces, assemble in reverse of disassembly and let it set 24-48 hours before riding to allow the compound to cure.
- Rear Axle: Per axle manufacturer specs usually etched on the axle.
- Derailleur Hangers: Full Suspension 16 ft-lbs. with medium strength thread locker. Hardtail 17-nm with medium strength thread locker.
- Pivot Axle: 19 ft-lbs. with medium strength thread locker