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Mechanics association releases details of planned 3-day tech workshops

Published September 14, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Mechanics who attend the new three-day technical workshops being offered by the pro mechanics association this fall and winter can count on receiving education from seven brands, in addition to a session on e-bikes and several devoted to business development and profitability. The workshops are being produced by the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association.

Participating brands are Magura, FSA, SRAM, DT Swiss, SR Suntour, Campagnolo and Stan's. 

James Stanfill, PBMA's president, said mechanics and shops considering attending the workshops have been querying him about the training content to expect from each brand. So this week he released the following details. He will be available at next week's Interbike to go over the workshops with attendees.

Highlights from the participating manufacturers: 

  • Magura will devote its session to brake and seatpost technology. The focus will be on product serviceability. 
  • FSA will go over its new drivetrain technology, WE. The brand will go over the WE system from the top to bottom. 
  • SRAM will be focused on service and overhaul of Guide and Level brake systems, RockShox Reverb Stealth and air can service on the new Metric Shocks. 
  • DT Swiss will focus on its hubs, including axle conversion and bearing replacement. DT  also will walk participants through its wheel, rim and spoke products. 
  • SR Suntour will offer tips on increasing service dollars with "easy and meaningful suspension maintenance." Mechanics will receive an Official Retailer Partner Certification as a result of the SR Suntour session. 
  • Campagnolo will be discussing all its technologies, including the new H11 hydraulic disc brake system, the MyCampy App diagnostic system and core components for set-up, installation and tuning. 
  • Stan's NoTubes will go over best tubeless practices, set-up tips, and service instruction for Stan’s rims and wheel products.

The workshops also will include an "eTech" session. “It’s a three hour session with emphasis on the basics of servicing e-bikes in your store," Stanfill said. "You’ll see how serviceable a drive system is, learn about battery functionally and of course safety when dealing with electricity.” 

Tying these workshops together are sessions led by Calvin Jones of Park Tool and Mike Reisenleiter of Winged-Wheel Development. Their sessions will focus on current and future business development and profitability.

Each workshop also will feature a PeopleForBikes DRAFT networking event on Wednesday evening. 

The workshops are:

  • Denver, Nov. 7-9.
  • Portland, Jan 9-11.
  • Ashburn, Virginia, Feb. 6-8.

Registration for PBMA Members is $275, non-members is $375 and shops registering two or more receive a further discount. Registration prices increase after Oct. 15.

To register or view more details visit

Topics associated with this article: Advocacy/Non-profits, Retailer education

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