The Scott Gambler downhill mountain bike range consists of two models for this season. These bikes are suited to downhill and freeride events, with dual suspension setups that are able to adapt to a variety of situations. These specialist models are not aimed at mainstream riders, but for those with particular needs they will be a welcome sight.
Scott Gambler WC 20
The first Scott Gambler downhill mountain bike has race-optimised frame geometry and is built using a hydro formed alloy frame that can withstand the kind of punishment that these bikes must be able to take in order to be worthy of consideration.
Scott has made everything longer and more slack while also keeping the weight of the frame down. This also applies to the Fox VAN RC coil spring rear shock, which has been setup so that it undergoes less stress while still delivering excellent performance.
At the front you will find the RockShox Boxer RC fork which provides 203mm of travel, which is exactly the kind of flexibility you will need to tackle demanding downhill courses.
Speed is modulated by the Avid Elixir 5S disc brakes which feature 200mm rotors at the front and rear, allowing you to stop effectively irrespective of the weather conditions or the situation with the surface beneath you.
SRAM X7 and Truativ components provide the transmission for this model, with slick shifts possible at a moment’s notice.
Alex FR 32 rims are paired with tyres from the Schwalbe Donwhill range. At the front is the appropriately named Muddy Mary while at the rear is a Wicked Will. Each of these offers solid levels of protection against the kinds of hazards which could leave lesser tyres in tatters after a gruelling downhill run.
Scott Gambler WC 10
The second model in the Scott Gambler downhill mountain bike range is the WC 10 and it represents a real step up from its sibling in a number of areas.
Firstly the alloy frame is still in use, with various convenient additions such as a machined seatstay bridge that helps to increase tyre clearance. This means that mud will not build up during particularly peaty races and you will not find your progress stifled by blockages.
Weight is reduced thanks to the 31.6mm seat post which is smaller and lighter than you might find on other downhill models from rival manufacturers.
The fork comes from the Fox 40 RC2 FIT range, with a titanium spring ensuring that it will last for a long time. It also features a Kashima coating that further improves the durability and smoothness with which the 203mm of travel is delivered.
At the rear is a Fox DHX RC4 coil shock with boost valve technology and the ability to offer variable compression at both high and low speeds. The shock acts progressively, delivering travel that is appropriate to the situation, which means that it does not just bottom out at the slightest bump.
The full Shimano Saint groupset is used for both the drive train and the brakes on this model, which allows for further weight reductions and consistent, reliable performance throughout.
The saddle is the Prologo Scratch TRX20 DH T2.0 and is mounted on chromo rails with integrated slip control and tail protection. This is found on the Syncros FL HP seat post, while at the front there is the Syncros FR 31 alloy handlebar.
The same Schwalbe tyre setup at the front and rear has been chosen, with DT EX 500 rims providing extra sturdiness and strength with the lightness that helps this bike to remain manoeuvrable.