For those of us who aren't lucky enough to be able to ride from our doorstep to the trails or track, which I'm guessing is the majority of riders out there, we are presented with the task of getting our bikes and gear to the trailhead or race venue. And while that's a simple job, at least in theory, one forgotten or misplaced item can send you on major u-turn back home to retrieve it or make for a day off the bike. Enter the van. The storage unit on wheels. Shaggin' wagon. Fun-mobile. Whatever you want to call it, a van is often the best way to move your things from point A to point B.

One mountain biker who has harnessed the power of the van and used it close to its maximum potential is Brian Lopes. Over the last two decades, Brian has tried out pretty much every size and configuration, and he's still constantly adjusting and fine tuning the details to suit his needs for the year. "Every time I build one, I change something and I learn something from the build," Brian said of the process that seems never ending. ''Things that work, things that I use, things that I don't use. Just learning how to maximize the space and try to get the most out of what I think the needs are going to be for the van. I also learn which van builders do certain things better than others. Whether that’s attention to detail, quality of work, reliability, coming through on promises, etc."


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Brian's home away from home includes nearly everything a mountain biker might need during an extended roadtrip.


Now going on his sixth Mercedes Sprinter, 3 built by Sportsmobile (which Brian has also had 2 Ford’s built by as well) and 2 built by Outside Van, Brian decided to try a local builder based out of Santa Fe Springs, RB Components, for his most recent custom build. This year’s Sprinter van is a high roof, 4 cylinder diesel in silver grey that’s spread over a 144” wheelbase. Brian chose this size, which isn’t the largest, in an effort to simplify his setup and have better maneuverability. Brian’s ideas and designs were easily laid out using RB’s special CAD program which allowed him to see exactly what would fit and how it would look from every angle. “Being able to make changes on the CAD & instantly see how it would look and fit was definitely one of the selling points that made me decide to try them out. It made it easy to dial in everything according to my needs." The wishlist included multiple bike racks from 1UP USA, a lot of storage space, a bed large enough for two, fridge, sink, and something that his previous vans didn't require: a mini-bed and car seat for his two-year-old son. Whether traveling to the races for the day, or on the road for an extended vacation with the family, his van would need to be equipped for all situations.

So far this year, Brian has taken his Sprinter to the races at Sea Otter, Mammoth Mountain, China Peak resort, Oregon, Utah, and on a trip north to Crankworx Whistler. All of those adventures were made easier by being prepared with the right gear and every type of bike setup that he might need for each discipline, something that made designing the van interior a crucial part of the build process.


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The bikes sleep below Brian's bed, and the design allows him to store them without taking off any wheels or having to lower their seats.


Those sort of miles, often with four or five bikes in tow, means that the van's rack system had to be dialed. "The bike rack system always seems to be one of the most challenging parts of building a van. For me, and probably for most people reading this, if they are bike enthusiasts, figuring out a system for your bicycles is always the most challenging thing,'' Brian said of working out a rack layout that would suit his specific needs. This included not having to remove wheels, lower seat posts, or loosen stems to make all of his bikes fit. ''I have a bed in this one, and fitting the bikes underneath the bed with the wheels on and without lowering the seats was crucial. I also wanted to fit as many bikes inside as I could. I've had some [vans] where you take the wheel off and mount the fork to the ground, and that works well, but it's just one extra step, and then you always seem to have issues with the bars hitting because you have to stagger the bikes, or you have to loosen the stem and turn all your bars so they are all parallel with the frame.''

The answer came in the form of floor-mounted, tray-style racks from 1Up USA. ''They are made in the United States, and in my opinion they make some of the coolest hitch-racks on the market today. I met the owner of the company, Robbie Lange, a few years ago, and when I built this van, I was out looking at my trailer hitch and wondered if I used half of my trailer hitch-rack and mounted them in here if they would hold my bike?'' Lange was into the project, and the result is what you see here: a clean, easy to use system where you slide the bike into place without hassle. The bikes go in and come out at a moment's notice, but are also secure enough that they won't move around while the van is on the go or comes to a hard stop.
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The floor-mounted rack from 1Up USA can be adjusted and configured as needed.

''The great thing about these racks is that you can stagger them with the ratchet system they use and it's really easy. You can either pull them forward, or lift the lever and pull them back, and that determines where your bike's back wheel jams in and locks into the system,'' Brian explained. ''It's super simple and works great. So I have five 1UP USA racks in there, and they are basically half racks mounted to the ground.''


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You know you've made it when your van has a built-in compressor.


With bike storage sorted out, it was time to look at some interior details. Traveling with bikes means that you'll no doubt have to check and adjust their tire pressures, and while a floor pump does the job, why not go with an integrated air compressor to make things even easier? So that's exactly what Brian did. "We use Viair systems because they are really designed for this type of use. Actually, they are popular with off-road enthusiasts for guys needing to air up/down their 4X4 tires,'' Devin Young, sales manager at RB Components told us.

A compressor is a luxury item, but it's handy for more things than just bike tires. ''The compressors are very small, 12-volt units with a fast recovery time, and 1, 2 and a 2.5-gallon air tanks give him the capacity he needs to air up his bike and van tires and to blow out the dust from the van anytime. The compressor isn’t abnormally loud, but you’ll know when it’s on. Very cool to have that with you"
bigquotesI've had the police come up to my van when I was sleeping in it because I was in a neighborhood in front of my friend's house, and a neighbor probably saw the lights on in there and got suspicious. The cops came and were actually super cool. I was just telling them, 'Hey my buddy lives right here and I'm just sleeping in my van. I feel more comfortable sleeping in my van than on his couch.'- Brian Lopes


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The galley is small and includes food storage and water for a handful of days camped out in the bush.


The van's galley consists of a small refrigerator, a smaller 2.7 Cu Ft Norcold NR751 model, installed into RB Components' 36”H x 24”D x 24”W base cabinet. The refrigerator's size allowed them to go with a stainless steel sink into the same cabinet, and it includes a cool folding faucet with metered mixing valve and a smoked glass lid that closes off the sink when it's not in use. Young explains some of the details of the van's setup: ''He even has some storage above the refrigerator, below the sink which is closed off by one of our cool sail cloth fabric covers. This also allowed for the electronics control panel to be mounted to the side of that cabinet. We topped off the single galley cabinet with a custom stainless steel countertop which is super durable and keeps with the sleek, modern design.''

You can't be unplugged from the world for long if you don't have some sort of water supply, which is why the van is equipped with a twenty-two-gallon water tank that sits next to the driveline. ''A SHURflow 3.0 GPM, 55 PSI, 12-volt D/C water pump does all the work getting the water up to the sink and the marine washdown system that's mounted near the rear of the van,'' Young said, with the system employing a quick-disconnect for the coiled washdown hose with a spray nozzle. It's not a pressure washer, but it's said to be the next best thing.


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A set of Fan-tastic vent fans keep the air moving.
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Rainy days spent inside the van can make for condensation build-up if you don't have proper ventilation.

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The van rolls on 17'' matte black 'Standard' Method wheels that see Maxxis' Brave A/T tires installed.
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What build would be complete without a wicked sound system? Brian's van uses a Kenwood DNX892 head unit with a Kicker amp to power the speakers and subwoofer.


Condensation is the enemy when you're sleeping inside of your van, so two Fan-tastic vent fans were installed to keep the air moving. ''We use the manual control vents with three-speeds that are reversible but use manual crank opening and manual dial speeds. We feel that durability is superior with the more simple manual controls,'' Young explained of the company's approach. ''Cutting holes in the roof for the fans isn’t terribly difficult but making sure that those fans are sealed is critical. We use self-leveling sealant, not silicone to seal the area around the vent fan mounting flange and we apply it generously"

With the bikes looked after, cleaning and airing up taken care of, and the van's water system flowing, it was time to think about sleeping quarters. RB Components installed their panel bed system that sits above the bikes on wall-mounted rails that are permanently fixed to the inside wall of the van and support three light-weight bed panels that lock into place. Young explained that the van features the optional extended rear panel that makes for a 70.125" length. Overall width sits at roughly 62" but total usable space sits at 69", which is enough for two adults. ''This van was also our guinea pig for our newly added panel bed extensions that extend the rails forward of the sliding door entry and allow the bed platform to be pushed up to the front and used or stowed when the back area is full of gear,'' he said of Brian's setup.


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Is the bed considered to be a loft if it's above your bikes?


The panels themselves feature welded aluminum frames that are powder-coated and held in place with integral spring-loaded locking latch pins that keep the panels safely locked to the rails in case of a panic stop or an accident. ''We install an upholstered plywood panel on the top of the welded aluminum frames for a clean, finished look to match the rest of the van. This van has the optional panel bed cushion set which is individual cushions made to match the panel size and shape. These are 2'' thick foam covered units with a black carbon fiber-look vinyl to match everything else,'' said Young.


The van's electronics include a 6-volt AGM dual battery system that separates starting and engine duties from running the amenities, which is very helpful to anyone who wants to spend a lot of time on the road. Young told us that they're connected through an automatic charging system that allows the vehicle alternator to be charging the auxiliary batteries when the engine is running, but then automatically disconnect or isolate the starting battery from the auxiliary batteries when the engine is off. A 110-volt A/C power inverter converts the 12-volt D/C current stored in the auxiliary batteries into 110-volt A/C power for using household powered items.

Young also said that they only use 12-volt LED lighting and nearly always go with 12-volt appliances. ''We currently use Scandvik Marine Lighting as a standard for our interior lighting,'' he said of the van's 3'' recessed puck lights that put out 64 lumens. The van has dual-color lights that have both white and red LEDs and are controlled via two separate switches or a three-way switch that will operate the different colors. ''It’s nice to have the red lights for night operations since the white lights can be pretty bright and definitely distracting to a driver at night. Mounted to the rear door frame header are two Vision X LED Utility Flood Lights. These work great for loading lights and their small 3.4” x 1.9” x .091” size makes mounting locations almost limitless."
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Brian can control his electronics from this panel while also monitoring battery use and launching the space shuttle.


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222 Comments

  • + 487
 And I'm just standing here, trying to shove my bike inside my Peugeot 206...
  • + 49
 well I guess you'll need to take the wheels of :-)
  • - 45
flag rwbg (Dec 29, 2015 at 1:31) (Below Threshold)
 pro tip: next time get the 508 or 5008, problem solved
  • + 93
 i need to put it in fiat punto 2 generation. i need to disassemble half a car and half a bike
  • + 4
 Everything is cool and awesome until you lost the van.
  • + 7
 You made me love my Skoda Yeti even more.
  • + 1
 Hahaha, i can stick three bikes in my Punto 2, wheels have to go off and seats down Smile
  • + 63
 I own a yaris....this is like watching porn where the guy has a huge dong
  • + 3
 I want that metric
  • + 0
 Is not a Metric, it's a Sprinter. Bigger
  • + 2
 I want a Skoda yeti! The Fabia is awesome, but yeti would be sick!
  • + 2
 @brigand and only skinny small people can fit then Razz
  • + 3
 @dragan-the-dragon Be carefull inna Fabia!,I hit the rear bumper whit the pedal and make a huge scratch...This happens the first day of the car and the bike (my mother just want to kill me)....It´s like playing tetris. Lovely tinny car but not compatible whit bikes inside. I only take the bike in the car to go the the shop doing maintenance services ,finally the shop send a van and get my bike at home,problem solved....
  • + 2
 Yup, realized it's really a big PITA so in the end I got a 5th door bike rack, works like a charm. Went on a 4500km roadtip with two bikes loaded and camping gear. Not a single problem.
  • + 1
 @dragan-the-dragon I think for XC or a lightweight bike 5th door rack it´s ok,but for DH or Enduro bikes it´s near to impossible to fit in...I try it a few times (my enduro it´s a Jekyll whit huge down tube,and DH bike it´s a Canyon Torque DH) and there is no way,you need a platform for the wheels.
  • + 1
 Well, this one managed to fit and hold an odl Scott Gambler, My 4x bike and a commencal supreme v2. So all in all it's more to the 5th rack.

And in the end, it's mainly for my personal use so on regular it will need only to fit one bike Smile
  • + 1
 The new Fabia looks cool! Actually my original aim was the new Octavia Combi. But Yeti is a great car to have! You won't regret it!
  • + 1
 5e point os to have someone else also using thw cat Razz
  • + 1
 *the car
  • + 9
 i heard you can park in handicap spot with this van
  • - 5
flag Vanguard (Dec 29, 2015 at 9:31) (Below Threshold)
 Fans? I hate air conditioning and fans when traveling. In a camper, I'm really happy to just listen to nature.
  • + 1
 @dragan-the-dragon I'd suggest the roomster instead. The yeti is shorted and taller which means you can't get bikes in the same as you can in the longer but lower roomster (roomster owner and my mate owns a Yeti) Fair bit cheaper and much more economical to boot
  • + 3
 Dude, you've got one of these massive 206 trucks? I've got the 107. I can only get the bike in with wheels and seatpost removed and the forks deflated. And obviously no friends traveling along. Not even sure whether I could shift to fifth gear that way. I don't mind though, I just put the bike in the roof rack Smile . The bigger the car, the less room you've got there.
  • + 1
 i have to put it in a rav 4 now that's hard
  • + 8
 You lot, I have an MX5.
  • + 5
 well it must be tough cramming a bike next to your hair dryer and scissors...
  • + 3
 I also have MX5! Bike goes on a Hollywood boot rack and looks ridiculous, like a cartoon character carrying some impossibly large object! Really challenging in winter carrying extra gear and having to change in the cold..
  • + 2
 I spent last summer hauling mine in a Honda del Sol because my mom has my xB for 8 months. Feeling pretty jealous.
  • + 4
 Props to you mx5 owners
  • + 1
 @RaFaLo what car make is it (brand)?
  • + 1
 It's (Polski) Fiat 126p Wink
  • + 1
 I can get 2 in my 2015 Jetta.... The seats can recline a little to sleep in it... But you have to crack the windows to vent....
  • + 73
 I wonder how it is to park?
  • + 106
 Probably vantastic.
  • + 12
 You just need to have a tank top and knee pads to park...
  • + 9
 Not enough love for @coloradoguy. Was sure this would be the top comment.
  • + 23
 I hear it can only double park, it is Brian's van.
  • + 1
 My first thought was "hmmm.... no logos on the side.... perfect for shady parking" Smile
  • - 6
flag Maverickdh00 (Dec 29, 2015 at 7:45) (Below Threshold)
 std factory, it will have parking sensors, easy peasy
  • + 9
 Yeah I'm here for the parking ability comments. Pb's jut lobbing it up with this article.
  • + 3
 I clicked the article then immediately searched for "park" on the page.
I fully expected a comment like @coloradoguy to be at the top.
  • + 9
 Got sick of parking his car like a tool...... So now he parks his home like a tool.....

What's next Lopes, a 50ft Yatch ?!
  • + 62
 That's the first non-bike related thing on PB I want to own.
  • - 41
flag limbless (Dec 29, 2015 at 1:10) (Below Threshold)
 so...never saw a hotchick on PB?shame
  • + 2
 I mean among front page articles. Actually I'm a frequent visitor of the YAWZA! photo section Wink
  • + 42
 and all you will be doing is looking at "hot chicks" if you think you can own one....
  • + 49
 If you're coming to Pinkbike to find 'hotchicks' on the internet, you're doing it wrong.
  • + 6
 I have read recently that in China it s tuff getting a girl, there are more man than woman due to the many years reglamentation of 1 child rule. Well I guess thats more reason o get a bike and don t get frustrated , I have never seen a sad dude on a bike haha
  • - 19
flag KonaChina (Dec 29, 2015 at 6:26) (Below Threshold)
 Haha. Girls don't like boys girls like cars and money. So for those rich guys, girls are never a problem. Anyway, I'm still sad when I'm on a bike sometimes because I always want more bikes.
  • + 55
 He can take up 3 handi-cap parking spots with that thing.
  • + 3
 This needs more up votes
  • + 6
 It also comes with a set of invisible shirts.
  • + 44
 looks like a sprinter
  • + 6
 5 sessions would fit in
  • - 12
flag Rasterman (Dec 29, 2015 at 6:28) (Below Threshold)
 Pretty lame, was expecting something a lot more custom and MTB
  • - 12
flag RichPune (Dec 29, 2015 at 7:44) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah, his van is pretty unimpressive - I was expecting more.
  • - 9
flag mtskier (Dec 29, 2015 at 8:20) (Below Threshold)
 @RichPune
Bro, you need to bow down to van greatness when its in front of you. This van represents the pinnacle of custom van technology; it is one of the premier bike-hauling vehicles in the entire world. Your ignorance makes it pretty clear that you're probably just another F-150 driving American with no appreciation for true perfection...get a job buddy and maybe someday you can be lucky enough to own a piece of gear like this.
  • + 8
 Hot girl and a very impressive van. And mtn bikes
www.pinkbike.com/news/Landy-Like-Around-the-World-2014.html
  • + 0
 What were you expecting then?
  • - 4
flag poah (Dec 29, 2015 at 9:44) (Below Threshold)
 @Satn69 a landrover is not a van. just a shame I can only give you one -ve prop
  • + 2
 I was expecting something better than this
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  • + 1
 That's impressive @mtskier I do drive an F150. You've got talent.

I was expecting something more comfortable. I've seen a few vans that are really plush inside and can haul bikes. Lopes' van seems more like a supped up cargo van than a luxury van.
  • + 6
 @RichPune
It's not really that impressive, as I just graduated from the Berkley School for the Clairvoyant, so I was 70-75% sure that you drove a domestic half-ton pickup truck. And I think you might be a little confused, as this is a cargo van, i.e. it is designed to haul cargo (bikes, gear, etc.), not some shag-carpeted, "plushed out" prom night hotel room for little Rich to lose his virginity in. This website is for serious outdoor athletes and enthusiasts who need to do some serious toy hauling. If you can't get into that then maybe you'd feel more at home over at mountain bike action. Clown.
  • + 0
 @poah. Van truck whatever. Must have been the girl on the bike and making all the mods on the truck that side tracked me. Lol! Looks like just a sliding door is the difference between the 2? Or is it that you just have a hardon for LandRovers and got pissed that I mistakenly called it a van? I too got a hardon for Land rovers too but hey Happy New Years buddy!
  • + 2
 I have a ford transit connect, the poor mans version of this. How much does it cost to have the raddest camper on the planet?
  • + 23
 I just want Lemmy back. RIP!
  • + 2
 The ACE of Spades. RIP
  • + 10
 That is a nice van, only downfall was the Kenwood. They make bloody toasters not good sound systems.
  • - 7
flag Skewt (Dec 29, 2015 at 6:11) (Below Threshold)
 Yea, it needs jl audio.
  • - 2
 Yup needs Alpine head unit, zapco amps and digital design subs!
  • + 8
 Here's another sweet build a good buddy of mine did a few years ago. The only drawback is that I don't see him much since he's buikt it!

www.traipsingabout.com/2013/11/27/adventure-mobile
  • + 3
 Now that van is dialed in...
  • + 7
 I'd stack the bikes vertical at the back, put a divider wall in and have a huge living room...and a jet wash - living the dream tho!
  • + 8
 can't steal bikes that you don't know are there. depending what city you're in, hanging bikes off the back of your vehicle is like baiting sharks with chum
  • + 15
 think he mean inside
  • + 25
 Let's all move to Scandinavia, they'll probably see the bikes, clean them then give you a waffle and an orange juice
  • + 1
 Yeah I would do the same. The width of the van seems too short for taller people to sleep like that. I guess with enough post ride brews I could manage.
  • + 1
 Didn't the first Lopes van years ago have that set up? This is pretty much my ideal setup, just need a stove somewhere.
A bit swankier than my Van, but similar layout
  • + 6
 This Sprinter is very cool but I would choose V6 petrol and converted it into LPG. I wonder if he'll encounter problems with body corrosion as it's very often issue with mercedes vans in Europe.
  • + 5
 The newer models like his are fully galvanised so don't rust anywhere near as bad as they used to. The ones at work are surviving better than similar age Transits!
  • + 2
 We have a 2009 Sprinter at work that is already rusting bad.
  • + 2
 Nikt tu nie uzywa gazu.
  • + 2
 Guess Mercedes found out they don't sell as many cars if they hold up for 20 yrs or 1,000,000 miles. Blame the economic growth theory.
  • + 3
 He probably won't have too many corrosion difficulties. I believe that he lives in Southern CA which has almost no humidity and they never get snow, so he's not constantly kicking road salt up into the chassis. He may encounter it a bit in other destinations.
  • + 0
 @eurospek używają, używają tym bardziej, że własnego gazu mają pod dostatkiem. Coraz więcej flot jeździ na LPG/CNG.
  • + 6
 Is it just me that thinks this isn't very impressive? It's a few cupboards, a fan and a sink too small to fill a kettle. Give this van to the A team and see what they can come up with- now that would warrant an article.
  • + 4
 For sure, check out Clint Reynold's van - THAT is impressive. Mercedes 270D turbodiesel, runs on vegetable oil. Dude is a mechanical genius leastmost.com/features/less-work-more-fun
  • + 8
 *Bravo Tires
  • + 7
 Yet, it was a brave try of Pinkbike Wink
  • + 2
 Nice article. Good to see Brian is trying out different manufacturers to get exactly what suits him. It jumped out at me in the news feed because I'm currently building my own Sprinter van for my girlfriend and I to live in full time.
  • + 2
 @MrJelly - I posted this earlier, but here is how a good friend and his wife built out theirs: www.traipsingabout.com/2013/11/27/adventure-mobile
  • + 2
 Nice one @jbravo. I've been following Dakota and Chelsea on Instagram for some time now. There's has certainly been an inspiration.
  • + 4
 why would you not just lower your seat posts in order to put the bed down further to get more headroom? is it really that necessary to have your seat up in the van? lol
  • + 2
 And no dropper post?
  • + 3
 i think because most likely the handlebar heights are probably the same or greater for his bikes.
  • + 3
 looks like there are two solar panels on the roof and a solar charge controller in the power panel. I wonder why this didn't make it into the article. Seems like another great feature of this rig.
  • + 5
 I pull this all off with a crappy $2000 minivan from Dodge.
  • + 1
 My wife and I have a 92 Westfalia set up for bike adventures (North shore rack to carry 4 bikes), we had twins last spring and now have 3 kids, and only 2 seatbelts in the back. Short of road tripping in 2 cars we're trapped in Whistler; how much would a van like this cost us kitted with room for 3 car seats?
  • + 3
 The phrase "trapped in whistler" should never, ever be uttered, under any circumstances. Unless you were somehow pinned by a bear. I'm jealous I'm not currently "trapped" up there.
  • + 3
 That van is awesome. And Lopes is a true legend. Now, what team is Gwin signing with again?
  • + 0
 The ultimate van for the avid cyclist. Too bad it's a Mercedes as everyone knows Mercedes vehicles have a very poor reputation for reliability in the past 10 years. If you plan on going to places which are off the beaten track, you want a van you can depend on, not a Mercedes.
  • + 0
 I thought Dodge/Mercedes Sprinters were just re-badged Freightliners?
  • + 1
 No, these are built by Mercedes and Freightliner is owned by Mercedes (Daimler AG)
  • + 0
 I saw one of lopes vans in hood river during filming for a NWD film. It was pouring rain and the mud and fog were thick. They were checking a couple jumps (wood gap to step down) for some filming when we flew off of them completely brown from mud. When we shuttled back up lopes was still in his van wearing a white kit I don't think he ever came out of that thing......Cedric and others were playing in the mud though!
  • + 4
 wait that's not a LDV convoy with a mattress in the back.
  • + 3
 Actually, my one question would be "Where do all the bike tools go?" I see not one.
  • + 2
 They go in the mechanic's vehicle that follows the Lopes sprinter around.
  • + 1
 I get that, but I guess I just figured he'd have some sort of utility storage on the walls under the bed or something to hold anything gear related.

Mesh cargo net coming down from the bed to the bottom of the bike cargo area to keep everything in back from coming forward when you e-brake into two spots, etc?

I get the minimal design. Pull up, practice Friday afternoon, sleep dry until the morning. But I wouldn't think the cabinets above the bed are where his tools and spare parts go?

Other thing I don't understand about the One Up is how the bikes don't roll out the front of the rack as he accelerates. THere's not much in the way of tension holding the rear wheel down without the other end of that rack holding it steady.
  • + 1
 I've never used just one side of my oneup but I'm certain there's plenty of tension on the one tire set up Lopes is using.
  • + 1
 @kingsx Good to know. Might be an option to mount in the bed of trucks.
  • + 3
 can we get some pricing info? I know its way out of my budget but a DIY is coming soon.
  • + 2
 My gf and I are building out our Sprinter, fairly ghetto basic style. We looked at some prefab stuff from www.rbcomponents.com (Lopes builder) and the stuff is VERY expensive! Many cheaper alternatives out there. I bet this thing cost a total of around $80-$90K.
  • + 2
 thanks!
  • + 2
 @pdxkid can you send pics/info on your build?
  • + 3
 Nice van just not what I think of when it said custom. Looks more like a stock camper to me
  • + 2
 This. A bit 'pro' for my dirtbag taste, i.e. the Tacoma camper cap + plywood mods.
  • + 1
 I wonder if PD knows what the rest of the world pictures when the words CUSTOMIZED VAN are used tougher.
  • + 5
 Shaginwagon?
  • + 2
 anything is a shaginwagon
  • + 7
 my shaggin' wagon also has a set of vent fans to keep the air moving they're on max. all the time
  • + 1
 Gold
  • + 3
 @vhdh666 - Be careful! Aztecs believed that claims boosting own's potency are softening the penis. A grudge of one handed God: Wankamucho
  • + 0
 Gold shower?
  • + 1
 Thinking of all the positions i could NOT use with that bed so close to the ceiling
  • + 1
 @Monstertruckermotherfuker

yeah but if they're unconscious your options are limited right?
  • + 2
 @priest55 - had to +1. I didn't want to, but your username + comment = gold
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 The farther you scroll to read the comments, the more you dive into the "deep" web.
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 My bikes cost more than my car. I know it's supposed to be a joke or bumper sticker or whatever but that's just real life for me. I couldn't fathom what that thing costs
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 Is this how he shuttles himself to the top of the Air DH course?
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 That van can go to sleep, Pick-Up truck and dakine pad is better, can fit 7 bikes
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 Cool van, and I'm totally jealous but the whole article read like a massive advertisement - stealth marketing, perchance?
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 I can handle that for the sake of reading an interesting article Smile
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 Oh definitely - although unfortunately I can't afford any of the items mentioned. There's always next Christmas...
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 FWIW, I've never seen marketing for One-Up, ever, & they're all made in Wisconsin, no far east manufacturing. Also, they're by far the best racks I've ever owned.
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 @Satn69 thanks for sharing that mate - must have missed it first time around... it's awesome! Makes me want a Landy even more than before though. Cheers!

@groghunter yeah that looks like a pretty good design and always nice when something is manufactured in your own country rather than having been shipped halfway around the world from some far eastern factory. Not seen those racks here in the UK but I hadn't been looking for them before.
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 @DirtboxTom They don't market, & they only sell direct, no presence in bike shops. I literally only found out about them by walking up to a parked car because I had to see what this funky rack they had was...
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 PB and Lopes, thank you for the article! Very fascinating and informative. This is something I've been curious about doing for a while, so it's cool to see what Brian's setup is like.
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 I hope he gets it towed from no parking zones so much he goes broke.
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 is that the 4x4 model?
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flag vhdh666 (Dec 29, 2015 at 2:41) (Below Threshold)
 does it really matter?
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 just a simple question... remember, sometimes when you´re on a bike trip to the mountains, or acessing trails, 4x4 would be useful
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 Most definitely not 4x4
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 That's pretty much a toilet seat on a sink, right? Innovation!
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 Who said mountainbikers don't make lots of money
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 World champion BMX rider, MTB, something something. We're talking about the 0.1% here...
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 Bathroom? Shower?
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 Right? I don't get the sprinter sans shower/toilet/stove thing. I guess if you are a racer that stays in a hotel this would make sense. To me the whole purpose is to be self sufficient while on bike trips. A more cost-effective setup would be a pickup truck pulling a small camper (toy hauler or standard bunkhouse) or an Class c RV (small E-350/450 chassis RV). Also, where is the work shop? I guess sponsored riders don't need to worry about fixing their own bikes?
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 Who needs that stuff?
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 So far this year... Lol year ends in a couple days. Also... Maxxis Bravo not Maxxis Brave
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 Now these are the articles I like!!! Sweet little rigs that you could probably live out of.
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 Try to fit two downhill bikes just with the front wheels removed in a 1999 Opel Corsa. Yeah, I Did it!
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 Great Article Thank you PinkBike and Brian Lopes for the Love Raymond Barre RB Components
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 LOL@Shade 45

Lopes be all deep in dem streets, yo.
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 its OK i guess, not enough plush carpeting, bubble windows, or duct tape IMO.
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 ...And no mention of price. That would be very useful/intereing to some people!
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 Brian, you need a roof rack, then a roof-top tent and an Eezi-Awn 270 awning. Then you'll be set.
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 I was expecting somthing a little more epic
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 I have a Caterham Seven. Bike goes on roll cage.
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 I’d love to see some photos of the actual building process of this.
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 Just needs a place to have a comfy shit in when it's cold and wet outside.
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 I want to see a feature on Louis's Fox Forks sprinter van- that thing is magical
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 I call dibs when he's ready to sell it!
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 I have a bed in my berlingo for 2 persons... but dreaming of this
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 Totally know how you feel.
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 that thing would need a giant bottle of FeBreze in it because i wouldn't leave the road until i ran out of gas money
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 Holy fu*kin shit... that built in compressor is tits. Bastard.
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 Since a Sprinter will run 400k miles why is he on his 4th ?
Maybe I should still be riding my 1995 Cannondale ?
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 hows about we do a story on Tippie's new lamborghini?
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 "My bloody (fat)bike won't fit!"
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 68 - 71 Westphalia is what you need
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 A biking van, or the most biking van?
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 Lopes is a Hip Hop Guy !? Crazy World
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 Who gives a f*ck? Palmer and him are Intense's team.
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 That is one vantastic ride
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 This Astro owner has some serious van envy right now
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 My Astro is just for my bikes, I'm putting a compressor in mine after seeing this, haha
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 My dad just ordered one of those. It's the 4x4 version. Things are rad.
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 I got a truck
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 Me too, with a good ole' tailgate pad. No disassembly required.
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 TBH its nothing special or different. why such a big deal?
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 I'll be happy with the new Fiat Palio Adventure Frown
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 I can't see those bike racks on the 1UP website....?
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 Yeah, anything similar available in the UK??
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 its even got an air brake
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 where's the hot tub ? ..
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 But where do you poop?
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 Walmart
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 No beers in the fridge?
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 But is it the 4x4 model?
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 wow,nice system!
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 jealous... me want one
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 No awning?
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 Really. Awesome. Place. Expeditionary-Van. Brian I had no idea.
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 But can it shuttle ??
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 Really cool!
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 Van looks like it belongs to Darth Vader
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 Also, we know lopes rides motos. How does he fit those in there?
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 really nice dream van, trip machine
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 nice ride.....nuff said
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 Dat rack doe....
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 damn now thats a ride
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 So fuckin fancy
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 Such a sick van!!
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 Sick I want
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