This is my first bike ordered online and I don't have much experience in assembling. My problem is with the front wheel, which according to the assembly guide just fit into the fork.

However there are two nuts attached to the bolt which, as far as I understand can't be taken out and, the fork does not have enough space to "contain" both nuts.

Please see the images, on the left side the nut is between the bike and the fork but on the right side the nut and the fork are aligned so that the wheel moves no longer into the fork.

Any help?

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    Yeah, you have to spring the fork apart slightly to get the axle into the slots, then install the nuts which presumably are packaged separately. Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 12:51
  • I'd be slightly worried that the fork has been squashed and deformed, possibly in transit or that it is that poorly made. This may be a warning that your bike has other hidden flaws that will exhibit as time goes on. Do your periodic maintenance!
    – Criggie
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 22:01

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The nuts you see are bearing cone and locknut, and they should not be removed unless you are servicing the bearings.

This kind of tolerances are something to be expected from bikes at this budget. Your options are to spread the fork by force, or since the bike is mail order, just return the whole thing.

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    I've been able to spread the fork with a little force, thanks
    – user31573
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 17:16

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