- Campy's EPS is so new that mechanics haven't had a chance to see it in person. Park Tool's Tech Summits in Atlanta and Minneapolis are the first two opportunities to be certified to sell and install EPS. Photo: Nick Legan
- Theory was discussed and reading materials were distributed but each class had a big hands-on element. Photo: Nick Legan
- Dan Large or Campagnolo North America shows a class how adjust Campy's new EPS electronic groupset. Photo: Nick Legan
- A room full of tools, headsets and Salsa Fargo's is certainly my idea of a good time. Cane Creek gave thorough briefings on all the latest in headset "standards." Photo: Nick Legan
- Cane Creek had plenty of sawed up frames lying around for instructional purposes. Photo: Nick Legan
- Broken frames were butchered specifically for different classes. This strange arrangement was used to show bottom bracket installation and FSA's TT shifter. Photo: Nick Legan
- As the organizer of the event, Park Tool made sure that each classroom had whatever it needed. Photo: Nick Legan
- FSA was on hand to show off its latest components. Photo: Nick Legan
- Okay, mechanics weren't really dancing in the classroom. Park Tool's Calvin Jones explains how threaded bolts work and the terminology of threads. Photo: Nick Legan
This week over 200 mechanics assembled at an airport hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Conference rooms smelled of hydraulic fluid and cutting oil instead of disinfectant and air conditioning. Wet weather outside and planes buzzing overhead made it easy for the usually rowdy lot to buckle down and pay attention.
The mechanics had paid airfare, hotel and tuition to attend Park Tool’s ninth Tech Summit. Representatives from Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo, FSA, Mavic, Cane Creek and Fox all shipped materials by the pallet to the venue. Classrooms were hands-on affairs. Everything from thread cutting principles and torque settings to fork overhauls and electronic group installation were covered during the course of the two-day seminar.
Shop mechanics and owners from all over the country came for the in-depth education. Most sessions were two and a half hours each.
Park Tool’s Bill Armas said, “Park Tool is in a unique position to be able to pull all these brands together and create a great working environment for all these mechanics.”
Ron Gainer, an attendee from Independent Fabrications added, “It gives shop professionals a unique opportunity to talk to other professionals while at the same time talking with the instructors from the company. That lets us go over problems or issues that we may not be aware of.”
The $200 cost covers tuition, materials, breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. Park Tool typically offers two summits per year. The next is February 20-21 in Minneapolis. It is expected to sell out, and with good reason. If you’re a mechanic looking to stay up to date with the latest in bicycle technology, this is money well spent.