Exclusive: Esquire Network unveils “Wrench Against the Machine” competition series

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Ready, set … wrench!

Esquire Network revealed its new competition series, Wrench Against the Machine, will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 9/8CT.

The catchy title makes me think we’re getting a Tom Morello home improvement show. However, that is not the case.

What viewers are getting is what Esquire is calling the most grueling, seemingly impossible build challenge in the motorcycle world. During the hour-long episodes, two teams of three expert builders battle head-to-head with only three days and $3,000 to transform basic stock motorcycles into rowdy, riding, works of art.

Wrench Against the Machine
WRENCH AGAINST THE MACHINE arrives Nov. 15 on Esquire. NBCUniversal

Some of the most prestigious bike builders in the country put their reputations on the line in the ultimate test of creativity and craftsmanship to impress head judge, Roland Sands, founder of motorcycle and apparel company Roland Sands Design. Rounding out the panel is Michael Woolaway, U.S. director of motorcycle design for Deus Ex Machina and Alan Stulberg, co-founder and chief designer of Revival Cycles and the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

The 72 hours of round-the-clock wrenching will take viewers deeper into the teamwork, the problem solving, and the creativity of the process that brings these bikes to life. Every episode come with its own unique batch of teams and building challenges, as fabricators are tasked with building café racers, choppers, bobbers and beyond. In the end, the expert judges will test and evaluate the custom rides, crowning the winning team with the coveted “wrench” and the losing team’s bike.

Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect from this high-octane show:

Wrench Against the Machine premieres Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 9/8CT.


  1. Could you guys and girls not come up with any better concept. Watching the nations most prestigious bike builders…. Wipe their ass would have been different, but not build bikes. played out. How about showcase the builders nobody ever heard of and are trying to make something out of their passion. How about help someone break through and become a prestigious bike builder. showcase the no-names working in their back yard garage with limited tools and no access to a multi million dollar machine shop.

    • I was on the show and work out of a shop in basement with a bunch of crappy HF tools, so they kind of did. I can say that’s the case for all of the teams, I know they were some pretty heavy hitters as well, but it’s no big budget Discovery Channel glory-whore show, I can tell you that. Plus 72 hours to build a bike is gonna be entertaining TV no matter who’s doing it.

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