In case you haven’t figured it out we love bike tech and tools. At the Windrock Pro GRT we took a few pictures of various pit setups as well as the tools inside from FOX, Ohlins, and pro mechanics. If you’re looking for some toolbox inspiration, look no further!
The first stop we’re taking a look at today is inside the FOX van. Their race support van has lots of neat things inside of it to keep their racer’s products in tip-top shape.
This van is outfitted nicely to service all of FOX’s needs from shocks to forks, and overall bike maintenance. There are drawers for seals, o-rings, clips, shims, seal drivers, bushing tools, and much more. Each drawer / bin is labeled as well to expedite.
Pretty much every mechanic had a few common things such as Maxima Suspension Clean, Maxima SC1, Knipex plier wrench, Snap-On and more. FOX had a good selection of tools on hand including the black/green Wera screwdrivers, sockets, hammers, torque wrenches, and plenty of fluids.
There is a sink to drain old fluids as well as shock tools and a vacuum pump.
Ohlins recently built out this Dodge Promaster service van and it’s pretty tidy inside with lots of thought put into it for servicing riders. We visited Ohlins in awhile back so check that out if you haven’t seen it. With Ohlins becoming more and more prevalent on bikes these days it’s important to have vehcicles like this one.
Inside they’ve organized it for service. The tool chests aren’t fully filled yet but there are plenty of spots for tools and parts. They have a sink area for draining shocks and forks, a big vice, a vacuum pump for shocks, paper towels, storage lockers, and more.
The Shimano crew had their toolboxes setup and each mechanic had their own unique setup. Each mechanic outfits their own toolbox. There are benefits to each setup and we saw plenty of Park Tools, Knipex, and other common tools at Shimano as well.
Our friend James McAllister was wrenching on Dakotah Norton’s bike and has a two box Pelican setup for Shimano and SRAM. One is easy for air travel and its improtant if you’re planning on flying with your tools that they’re not too heavy.
BOX 1 – Pelican 1400 Case
Screwdrivers, PB Swiss Tools allen wrenches, Fork pump, spoke wrench, air gague, and a short 3/8 drive ratchet.
BOX 2 Pelican 1485 AIR case
Beta T-handle wrenches, spoke wrenches, side cutters, etc.
Chain breaker, combination wrenches, Snap-On picks, T-handle Torx, Measuring tape, tire pressure gauge, etc.
There are additional layers of tools nestled in Kaizen foam as well.
Washam also had a tidy tool setup in a foam’d briefcase. A mixture of tools we’v eseen in other boxes as well including rotor truing tools, tire levers, ratcheting t-handle driver, chain breaker, spoke wrench tensiometer, pressure gauge, bearing press, spoke wrench.
The top tray secures with velcro and included an 8mm wrench, pliers, chain wrench, bottom bracket tools, a pump, and a big pedal wrench.
Tools were layered deep including bleeding tools, headset removal tools, and derailleur hanger gauge tool.
More layers of tools cut out in foam.
There are a lot of ways to build-out your toolbox and clearly everyone has their own unique take. There are plenty of ideas for you to take from all these detailed photos if you’re building yourself a race toolbox.