SRAM's Race Support Truck - EWS Round 5, Aspen

Aug 2, 2016 at 12:17
by Mike Levy  
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.



Looking after a legion of racers, from the top professionals who need shock re-valves to amateurs who are just asking for a set of brake pads, requires quite an investment on wheels that needs to be able to show up at different venues all over North America. For SRAM, this called for a custom Freightliner truck and trailer that serves as home base for their race mechanics at cross-country, downhill, enduro, and slope events all over North America.

Last weekend saw Big Red make an appearance at round five of the Enduro World Series in Aspen, Colorado, before starting its journey up into Canada to another famous ski resort that you may have heard of before: Whistler. As you might expect, a unit this large isn't just a plug-and-play sort of thing when the team does arrive at a new venue, with it taking most of the day to set up, which is the job of Evan Warner, John Dawson, Chuck Perryman, Keaton Ward, and whoever else is on hand.

Inside the truck, you'll find bits and pieces for every single SRAM and RockShox product that might ever need servicing, from the smallest bearing to entire shocks, forks, and wheels - remember that the guys in this truck have to be just as prepared for a professional cross-country racer in need as they do for an amateur slope rider. In other words, it's a rolling warehouse, but Evan and co. also do enough custom work that a small lathe is also on hand that's used to manufacture one-off shock hardware or anything else that isn't readily available. Suspension service, both routine maintenance and custom valving, is also done in the truck, and there's even a portable hand dyno, built using an old BoXXer chassis for a leverage-providing handle, to double check shock bleeds.
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.



Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Setup can take most of the day, but it's a refuge from the sun or rain once it's completed.


Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
You better have a red shirt on or be a sponsored athlete if you're in here.



Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Need an M4 bolt, one foam ring for your 32mm BoXXer, and a MatchMaker X clamp? You've come to the right place.



Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
''I've bored this out twice and it's still too big,'' I said the last time I used one of these. Yeah, I don't think they'd let me play with it.



Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
What happens on the road, stays on the road.



Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
This hand dyno was made to check that shock bleeds are free of air. Yes, that's a BoXXer being used as a handle.




Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
A nitrogen tank and every hand tool under the sun can be found in the trailer.




Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Need some emergency work done in a crunch? Rumor has it that bringing a small bottle of whiskey can speed things up.


MENTIONS: @SramMedia / @EnduroWorldSeries




48 Comments

  • 96 1
 idk, pinkbike. Pretty sure that truck is Mack from Cars.
  • 3 3
 That ain't no Mack that's a Freightliner
  • 76 1
 Where are the Knipex pliers!!??
  • 70 3
 Does the truck have Boost spacing though?
  • 12 3
 .......and its clearly 26"
  • 5 2
 @slowrider73:

I bet it's 22.5"
  • 31 2
 Sram guys are great year after year even for locals that do not compete! Wish Fox could do the same...
  • 20 1
 You nailed it! I get bikes with RockSox on them, cuz I know these guys will never ask "what team are you on?" They just help out time and time again!
  • 18 0
 @racecase: i raced an enduro in vail, bunged my bike up but finished. took my bike over afterwards with a few ice cold coors and these guys got my shit back in order in no time. really laid back and i got to meet this awesome old local guy by the name of "frenchie" who was an absolute riot. guy had to be nearing 80 and did the vail outlier enduro...sidetracking here but yeah these sram guys are totally cool guys who do awesome work and this rig they have set-up is pretty badass too.
  • 9 5
 Fox is obviously a much smaller operation compared to Sram, but I have gotten great support from them at multiple events including full tear downs/rebuilds etc and I am not a sponsored rider.

Don't get me wrong, Sram is fantastic and I have used them a bunch, but their support is no different than Shimano and others.
  • 4 0
 I remember frenchie! Shredding at an enduro race at 80 years. That dude is the best
  • 1 0
 @rocky-mtn-gman: His name is Jacque Houot, he's from Carbondale. Yes, 80 yrs old and does BME.
  • 12 0
 Kudos to those at SRAM who handle the bordercrossing documents for this team. Taking inventory of, classifying, and declaring all of those small parts and remaining compliant with US/MX/CA regulations is no easy task.
  • 3 0
 X2 that would be a bloody nightmare.
  • 12 2
 Needed a thru axle this weekend after I managed to snap mine in half during practice on Friday. Needless to say, it only coast me a six pack!! Was flirting with the idea of a 36 and an X2 for my next bike but after this weekend, I'll be a loyal rockshox customer. Thanks for helping out an amateur at his first EWS
  • 13 0
 I didn't expect the lathe!
  • 1 1
 Should be a south bend
  • 5 0
 To get lathed unexpectedly is the best!
  • 11 0
 If they need somebody to run that lathe I work for beer and mountain bike parts.
  • 5 0
 Wish Shimano took a leaf out of Srams book in terms of helping people out. At the DH world cup in Lourdes the big Shimano trucks were useless unless your a fully sponsored rider. We had an issue on a team riders brand new saint brakes where they would pump up when the lever was pulled a couple times in quick succession. All we got was a condescending 'you dont know how to bleed it'. They tried to fix it and made the issue worse but refused to warranty the brake. And this wasnt your casual weekend racer, this was a professional factory team with elite riders in the top 15 for men and top 5 for women.
  • 2 0
 If that happens on new brakes try putting a few drops of mineral oil on the pistons, of course remove the pads. At first when looking at the brakes it won't seem like the piston is sticking with the pads still in but if they ever so slightly stick it will cause the pump up feel.
  • 6 1
 Is there a 'add to cart' button here? i want one! Big Grin
  • 5 1
 if you have to ask you cant afford it Wink

I suppose if we all put our coins in a community jar though??
  • 1 0
 @GumptionZA: haha yea lets do that! Big Grin
  • 2 1
 Had my reverb bled by this truck at Finale EWS last year after falling and ripping the hose out. Grumpiest, rudest most belittling mechanic i've ever met, but had to sit back and take it to get my reverb fixed Frown

The UK SRAM tent at all the races on the other hand, amazing service!
  • 1 0
 I raced at Finale last year as well. You must have caught them on an off day as they were super helpful with me. Only advice I would give, never ever, ever turn up with a dirty bike!! Thats goes for your LBS as well. Thats one easy way to piss them off before they've even looked at your bike :-)
  • 5 0
 Sram it all!
  • 5 2
 Am I the only one that noticed the truck in the first picture is a Freightliner and not a Peterbilt.
  • 2 1
 I also saw that. Dunno why you got downvoted
  • 1 0
 @UtahBikeMike: definitely a Freightliner.
  • 2 0
 @bogey: Fixed. My bad.
  • 2 0
 You don't have to be Sram sponsored, me and the boy have had a tour round that truck!
  • 2 1
 As a truck mechanic it was the first thing I noticed. Not a Pete... But what a nice set up! The lathe took me by surprise also.
  • 3 1
 It's a freightliner, no?
  • 2 0
 @TRG22 - My bad. Fixed.
  • 2 1
 Rode for Shimano BMX factory in the 70's and 80's - i like to think I was loyal for many years - but fuck man I love sram mountain products!
  • 3 1
 Slingshot FTW next to the boxxer dyno thing.
  • 4 2
 The question is.. What truck supports the SRAM truck.???
  • 2 1
 whow.
  • 2 0
 SRAMtimus Prime, transform!
  • 1 0
 32mm boxxer? They make/made those?
  • 1 0
 2008 model was the last boxxer with 32mm stanchions.
  • 1 0
 I'm 21 and had a set of 32mm Boxxers, damn you make me feel old
  • 1 0
 What kind of whiskey?
  • 1 0
 I want that truck
  • 2 3
 sharpie FTW
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