SCOTT Sports notes that its all new Gambler Tuned bike was designed for one thing only, ‘pure, unadulterated speed’. Taking years of racing development and mixing it with carbon expertise, this bike is positioned as the answer to the needs of white-knuckle downhill racing.
The all-new SCOTT Gambler Tuned is the result of several years of R&D. Progression adjust, wheel size adjust, and a frame weight of just 2650g including hardware combine to create a downhill race machine.
Considering the bike as a complete system SCOTT broke things down into four main factors: construction, adjustability, geometry and integration.
SCOTT wanted the bike to be light, stiff and strong. The Gambler Tuned’s carbon frame with hardware comes in at 2650g. However, SCOTT notes that carbon design and engineering go beyond just weight, as ‘when we set a weight target, we set up a stiffness target as well.’
SCOTT worked closely with its athletes to determine a good blend of stiffness and flex, aiming to give them a tool that would be proficient on all world cup tracks and in all conditions.
The new Gambler allows riders to switch between wheelsizes without changing any other components on the bike. Chain stay length can also be adjusted, independent of wheelsize choice. The Gambler also comes with spare angled headset cups, to adjust head angle relative to wheelsize, fork choice etc.
There is also a 4-way chip to allow not only bottom bracket height adjustment relative to wheelsize, but more importantly for geometry/kinematic tweaks depending on tracks, shocks or rider preference.
Riders can choose between two chainstay lengths, and four different BB positions to dial-in setup for each rider, each track, each type of shock etc.
In a release SCOTT pointed out that ‘Integration is becoming a more important topic as time goes by. We 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.’
SCOTT added that ‘It seems like it shouldn’t make a huge difference on the bike, but it turns out it does. We even joke saying that it dictated the design of the entire bike. Why make this a proprietary piece? 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.’
By ditching the traditional ISCG Chainguide/bashguard standard, SCOTT adds that it was able to design specifically around the frame, opening up many options for clever solutions that otherwise wouldn’t have been available.
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