When designing the MY20 Gambler alloy and hybrid models, SCOTT noted that it ‘didn’t want to just recreate the carbon bike in alloy form. we wanted to design a standalone Gambler that has the quality to be raced and ridden at the highest level. we also wanted to do so in a way that is attainable for everyone.’
The new SCOTT Gambler Alloy models 910, 920 and 930 will be available respectively in November (910) and December (920, 930) 2019.
Considering the bike as a complete system, SCOTT broke things down into four main factors: construction, adjustability, geometry and integration.
In a release SCOTT stated… ‘Stiffness is a hugely important topic for all downhill bikes, carbon or alloy. We really wanted to have an alloy version that performed as well as the top-notch carbon bike. While carbon is a very tunable material compared to aluminium, once we hit our strength values we were able to play with tube shapes and wall thicknesses to get a frame that resulted in nearly identical stiffness/flex ratios as the Tuned version.
‘This is also the case for the Hybrid Carbon/Alloy Gambler 910. Using our stiffness backbone concept that is present on all our full suspension MTB’s, we avoid putting any loads on the top and downtube. All loads sit on the forged parts, which also allows us to not overbuild seat stays, further reducing weight.’
SCOTT also wanted the bike to be light, and to have desired stiffness / flex values like the carbon version. By working with aluminium, SCOTT gave itself an aggressive weight target. The idea with the Gambler was to take away all material that wasn’t needed. Through optimizing forged parts, and utilizing as much tube to tube construction as possible, the company was able to save over 600g compared to the previous Gambler. There is 26.4% less forged material volume on this Gambler compared to the previous Alloy model.
This main frame had a seat tube comprised of three pieces. Two tubes, and 1 forged part with two welds.
The new Gambler allows riders to switch between wheel sizes without changing any other components on the bike. Chain stay length can also be adjusted, independent of wheel size choice. The Gambler also comes with spare angled headset cups, so that riders can adjust head angle relative to wheel size, fork choice etc.
There is also a 4-way chip to allow not only bottom bracket height adjustment relative to wheel size, but more importantly for geometry/kinematic tweaks depending on tracks, shocks or rider preference.
Riders can choose between two chainstay lengths, and 4 different BB positions to ‘always have the perfect setup for each rider, each track, each type of shock etc.’
Integration is becoming a more important topic at SCOTT as time goes by. The company has spent a lot of time here looking at previous concepts and… ‘asking ourselves if we really wanted to grandfather into the new bike performance compromises due to old standards – we didn’t. Enter our proprietary chain guide / bash guard solution.’
Why make this a proprietary piece? SCOTT notes that chain devices are normally made to work with many different bikes and are therefore compromised… ‘We only need to make it work for this one frame and a specific range of chainring sizes, so it can be easier to setup, better performing, lighter and allows us to gain some advantages on the frame construction, further reducing weight and increasing reliability/durability.’