World Cup Teams: How Much Kit Do They Use Each Year?
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World Cup Teams: How Much Kit Do They Use Each Year?

October 8, 2019


– When it comes to professional racing, the teams at the highest level
have the biggest budgets, the biggest sponsors,
and the fastest racers. But let’s take a look at how much kit they actually use in a year, compare that to racers
at different levels. (techno moderate groove music) – So the very highest level in the pit has got teams like the YT Mob over here, riders are Aaron Gwin, Neko Mulally. You can’t tell they’re the biggest teams, they’re the biggest
trucks, the biggest tents. Here we’ve got Trek Factory Racing, we’ve got Gee Atherton, Race Atherton, both multi-time World Champions. And with those titles
comes the extra support. So underneath this tent
we’ve got 4 full-time riders, and they go through 5 frames a year, and that is down to cosmetic reasons, they like to keep their
bikes looking super fresh. We’ve got three full-time mechanics, and other staff, such as
physios and team managers, actually 8 people employed for this team. Other stats, they go through 180 bottles
of water for each event, 20 rolls of physio tape, a new chain goes in each
bike for every event as well, again, that’s mainly as a precaution. So we’re with Evan, a race
technician at Rock Shox, and we’re at the Fort William World Cup, the racers are here, it’s a really punishing track. How often would they get
their suspension serviced? – Well most of our top
athletes on all of our teams, we’re service most of their suspension the start of every World Cup race weekend. Even if it’s just a basic cleaning lube, it’s just something to
get, kind of out of the way early in the week. – So I’m guessing that is
sort of much more often than your average rider would
get their suspension serviced. – Mostly, absolutely, yeah, you’re right. Most average consumers you can go, about 50 hours or so,
before you need like, a lower leg lube, or service, and just sort of a basic one, and so it depends on I guess
how often you ride your bike, and the conditions you ride in. – And I’m guessing some of your pro riders will have maybe, like a pro race fork, and a practise fork as well, so that cuts down on some of the time they’ll use that suspension for? – That’s correct, absolutely. I mean, a lot of these
guys have bikes at home, that they leave at home, and then they’ll fly over
here and race this bike. So honestly, in a race weekend, they might only be on
their bike an hour or so for this downhill, sort of (speaks softly) but yeah, it’s pretty quick, we’re doing a lot of services that, mostly just
preventative maintenance. – Alright, so I’m with
Ian Collins from Renthal, you supply handlebars to many riders, one of those is Aaron Gwin. – Yeah, sure. – How many sets of handlebars
would Aaron have per year? – It kind of varies year on year. It depends more on the usage, and more on how many times he crashes. Typically the guys will
only replace their bars if he has a bad crash, and it’s really only as
a precautionary measure. In a crash, you can’t tell what kind of
damage has occurred to the bike, these guys are going full-speed. Whenever crash the bike, you go tumbling right down the track, and it’s a precautionary measure, they swap ’em out. – So what about going down the scale to the, say, the privateer rider who’s probably getting
a top 80 at World Cup, how many sets of bars
will they have a year? – Okay, typically with
privateers that we sponsor, we’ll supply them with
one set of equipment for each bike to have. So for their training bike
they’ll get one set a kit, for their race bike
they get one set a kit, and with handlebars, they generally don’t get
replaced through the year. – So we’re over at Propain Dirt Zelvy, and this is team manager Ben Reid. I think it’s fair to say
you’re one of the medium-sized teams here in the pits. We’ve been talking to
some of the bigger teams, some of those have 5
frames per rider, per year. What about you guys? – We wouldn’t go through as many as that, we just swap frames when
they begin to look tou-dee, so normally halfway through the season, before we fly to Mont Sainte Anne, we’ll, we’ll swap out the frames, so 2 frames a year per rider, unless something catastrophic happens. But we would change
sticker kits quite a lot, just to keep the bikes looking fresh, and that seems to do it. – So you’ve got 4 riders,
how many mechanics and people helping out on the team? – For the 4 riders, the
2 juniors and 2 elites, we’ve got 2 me-an mechanics,
George and Henry’s dad Greg, also helps out a bit with
kind of washing the bikes and general stuff. Just to kind of free up the 2 mechanics for the more important stuff, so really we’ve got three
guys on deck, I suppose. – Okay, so Trek Factory
Racing say they order 150 dry tyres only, so I guess one time they
got wet (speaks softly) that’s a lot of tyres, what about your team? – We would normal order
150 tyres in total, that would see us through
the whole season, so. – So they would replace
a chain every race, and get their suspension
freshened up every race, is that comparable? – I’d say that is comparable, yeah, we would change our chains pretty much every race, sometimes if they don’t seem bad they’ll maybe see two races. But yeah I think, like
suspension and stuff we would also, like,
not ’cause we need to, but just ’cause we can, we’ll strip the suspension
down and rebuild it, pretty much every race as well, so. – So I’ve moved away from the big trucks, and we’re into the back of the pits, this is where you see the
camper vans, the transit vans, and here’s Shaun Richards. He’s actually cleaning
his own bike himself. You’re a privateer racer. You’ve just finished qualifying, you’ve actually qualified, that means you’re actually top 80 in the world for downhill. How does it feel to actually be working on your bike yourself? (Shaun laughs) – Well, it’s alright, you know, I’m used to it by now, so, yeah, just get with it, and, it’s one of those things. I know how to do everything basically, so it’s just, yeah, crack on, I know, yeah, just crack on with it really. – So some of those top racers almost have unlimited amounts of gear, they have maybe 5 frames a year, lots of tyres, how about yourself, is that your one bike that’ll last you the year? – Yeah, yeah, so one frame, I’m with Continental for tyres, so I get a fair few set
of tyres through the year. Saracens supply the frame, but yeah, that’s the only
frame I get, so yeah. – So when it comes to racing on Sunday, do you actually feel motivated by the fact that you really want to beat those guys that are actually getting
paid to ride their bikes? – Yeah, definitely, that’s where I want to be. That’s where we all want
to be, (speaks softly) wanna progress in the sports, but unfortunately this is the only way up, so, yeah. – I guess that’s where everyone starts. – Yeah, correct. – So there ya go, there’s
a bit of a cross-section of the pro pits at a
World Cup downhill race. You see exactly how much
those racers get supported, and obviously the very highest level, I wouldn’t say it’s a free-for-all on kit, but they pretty much get
what they need to do the job. If you wanna see more
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  1. Would you say it's turning into a sport where the fastest are the richest? Speed costs money which makes it hard for the smaller groups and racers? @gmbn

  2. Mean while I've been using the same complete bike for three years by repairing components that break.

  3. guys, your channel is very good, but unfortunately you guys are becoming a virus!, i mean…you search something about mtb on youtube and all the videos listed are yours!, sorry guys but this is not good, i mean i want to see something else not only what you wanted to say…

  4. Hey mechanic I just made a 4 min winning pass on this bike, it needs a new frame, suspension rebuild and new handle bars.

  5. Very interesting insides – a great video! But if this goes on, with in the next 3 years we'll have a formula 1 situation in the DH scene. Big budget teams will leave no realistic chance for the privat teams. Hopefully than a new regulation will be introduced to keep this sport open for small teams.

  6. In short, professionals are the most insecure people on the planet. And yes, they are the best, but they can attribute a "poor performance" to nonsense like "I felt that the bike was not clean enough and that's why I came in second"

  7. i'd like to see GMBN doing more interviews with the non-team riders than the factory teams on events like that!

  8. What happens to all that barely used kit? Honestly it sounds kind of wasteful to me. But I understand that they need to have the best performing bike possible.

  9. Meanwhile,I'm struggling to spend $200 on my bike,I live in Singapore,and that's veryexpensive…

  10. An on track style documentary series about the privateers would be amazing. Motocross did this years ago and it was a great video

  11. As soon as I notice one thing wrong I just do a full service generally happens more than 6 months apart so its not a big deal and keeps the bike going like new

  12. I think no matter what bike you ride, what brand is your favourite, what gear you use doesn't matter because we are all mountain bikers and we should unite as one not seperate different categories or groups

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