It's not easy being a World Cup bike mechanic. In addition to the pressure that comes with being in charge of maintaining the bikes of some of the fastest (and most particular) riders in the world, you also need fly around the globe with a toolbox that can handle any situation, whether that's a quick brake bleed or completely rebuilding a bike after a muddy run.
John Hall, Aaron Gwin's mechanic, has developed a bit of a reputation for having one of the most dialed setups on the circuit. During one of his laps through the pits, Pinkbike's Ross Bell stopped by to take a closer look at just what Hall has inside his toolbox for the 2017 season.
It starts with a Pelican case, which Hall chose because he was tired of careless baggage carriers damaging his toolboxes. In the past, he's even had a toolbox come out on the baggage claim conveyer belt with a line of tools strewn behind it - security had opened it up, but couldn't figure out how to get everything back where it belonged. With this year's set up, this should be much less likely to occur.
The first layer contains the tools Hall uses most often - T-handle allen wrenches, shock pump, brake tools, L-shape allen wrenches, light, spoke wrench, tire levers
Layer two contains the second most commonly used tools, such as Knipex pliers, lube, picks, torque wrench and all the bits to go with it, and open end wrenches for working on brakes.
The third layer holds Abbey bike tools, a titanium hammer, punch, cassette tool, derailleur hanger straightening tool, truing stand tool, suspension sockets, BB30 drifts, pipe cutters, and screwdrivers.
The mesh pockets in the lid contain a bleed kit, spare cleats, spare brake levers, band-aids, super glue, loctite, tape, a lighter, a bolt kit with spare titanium bolts and all the stock bolts that were replaced with ti, and zip ties.
Everything laid out and ready for a busy weekend.
Listen to the full interview with John Hall: