Shimano's Team Truck Walkthrough - Val di Sole World Cup 2018

Jul 6, 2018 at 17:28
by Richard Cunningham  
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Shimano's European team truck display expands into a city block in the World Cup Pits.


Shimano's European team truck is used for pro road racing and World-Cup-level mountain bike events, as well as a support and display vehicle at festivals. It is rigged with posters and point of interest displays that can be customized to each venue, and it has meeting and conference facilities as well. Of course, the truck houses a grocery store of XTR , Di2, Saint, and Dura-Ace components - and all the bits and bobs needed for EWS, DH and XC race support. PB's Ross Bell walks us through the Mother Ship.


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Kitchen under the stairs.
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Inside the pop up conference and VIP entertainment center on the top of the truck.

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The front unfolds into a product display area...

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...Where race fans can touch 2019 XTR 9100 parts.
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...or a Saint DH drivetrain.

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...and play with Di2 electric shifting.

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Pro bikes are always on display, like Jesse Melamed's EWS-ready Rocky Mountain Instinct.

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The selfie photo booth.

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And, there is the famous Shimano component vault. Race regulations prevent team trucks from selling parts, so let's do some free shopping....

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I'll have three XTR rear mech's please...

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Oh, and pedals, a fresh pair for all my bikes.

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Two pairs in 180 and 203mm, thanks.

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Oh, I forgot my DH rig, add a Saint crankset to the pile.
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Yes, please, one dozen semi-metallic.

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Oooh, some of the finned ones too.

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No 12 speed? what's up with that?

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Never to grope around on your knees for small parts again.

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But much of the work is race support. Shimano keeps a "magic list" of sponsored athletes at all levels - top pros to hopeful Joes - who roll their bikes into the tents for everything from derailleur clutch adjustments to full group swaps.

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The rock star priority line.

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Sometimes the repairs and upgrades are still rolling in after the races on Sunday afternoon...

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Patience is a virtue at Shimano Tech Support.






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28 Comments

  • + 22
 Did they give any information about the volume of service they do? It would be interesting to know the breakdown of what team mechanics do versus what they prefer to hand off to the Shimano team. Or is this mainly for privateers that don't have that kind of support?
  • + 16
 Does that thing get good gas milage? Does it have an automatic transmission? Does it have 4 wheel drive? ......
  • + 14
 Gee, I don't know kid.
  • + 6
 Bring me back something French
  • + 3
 Buzz, Don’t be a moron
  • + 17
 Can you fit a water bottle in the truck?
  • + 8
 No matter how many Hawaiian trucker hats sram dishes out at races, I still prefer Shimano.
  • + 6
 Interesting that the Shimano techs are using the Park chain quick-link tool (MLP-1.2) instead of Shimano's own tool (TL-CN10). Yes, I'm a nerd.
  • + 7
 Is this why there is never any stock for shimano NA?
  • + 4
 Shiiiii! Maaaaan !!! Oooooo!!
  • + 3
 Didn't realize that you can rest the oil funnel in the top. Have to remember that...
  • + 1
 Not seeing what youre seeing?
  • + 2
 @chillrider199: the funnel is upside down on the base thing in a pic in the section aftr the black and white pic of the mechanic
  • + 1
 Yes that was news to me as well. thanks for pointing it out
  • + 2
 The juice looks especially not pink too.
  • + 2
 Nice to see "For Single Use Only" worn off of their syringes as well.
  • + 1
 I hope Shimano fixes their OEM and shop parts issues, because I keep putting off the purchase of a new bike waiting for a decent XT-equipped trail bike. Maybe they can partner with Manitou to offer OEM kits?
  • + 2
 Shimano is part of the Fox & Friends crew, so....

Also, what are you waiting for exactly? Decent XT equipped trail bikes = YT Jeffsy, Cube Stereo, Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429 etc etc...spoiled for choice my man!
  • + 2
 For anyone wondering about the assortment box & shelves, they are by Sortimo, the assortment box it T-BOXX.
  • + 1
 sad that Sortimo doesn't provide many pics of how they click together etc. Only 1 main pic/product.
  • + 1
 I’m not a shimano fan but damn this set up is cool and that new 9100 series looks gorgeoustup
  • + 2
 That VIP lounge...where pros bang the groupies
  • + 2
 Spicy Of Life
  • + 1
 Ooooooh, nice year old Saint derailleurs!
  • + 1
 Like a pick n mix sweet shop for big kids
  • + 1
 PRESS RELEASE ABOUT THE M830 SAINT LINEUP PLEASEEEEEE
  • + 1
 Transforms into a Go-Bot?
  • + 1
 Impressive..

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