The Gambler has been a staple in our mountain bike line up for quite some time. Over the last several years we have worked with some of the world’s most talented athletes to design, test and build our latest version to meet the demands of the modern World Cup circuit. The result is our all NEW, full carbon Gambler Tuned. With the new Gambler we had several areas of interest- adjustability, geometry integration, and construction. Let’s take a look at the Gambler’s adjustability options. We’ve always made adjustability a priority with our Mountain bikes. When it comes to developing race bikes this is even more important. The new Gambler features a 4 way adjustment chip on the lower shock mount allowing for an easy swap between two progression settings and two BB heights. The four positions are ideal for tuning balance optimizing for coil and air shocks, and just for rider preference. Each setting’s kinematic curve has been carefully tuned to give the perfect balance of traction, support and bottom out control. Aiming to make the bike as versatile as possible, we have incorporated our multi-wheelsize compatibility as seen on our Genius and Ransom models. Swapping from 29″ to 27.5″ wheels is really easy. No need to change the fork or any other components. Just flip the chip, swap the wheels and you’re good to go. I have another important question: Yes. Can you run the mullet on this bike? Maybe you should explain what the mullet is first for people and then It’s business at the front and party at the back? Yes, but on the bike. So, 29″ wheel on the front and 27.5″ wheel at the back, it is a mixed wheelsize and because we have chain stay length adjustment head angle adjustment, and the BB adjustment, you can find the correct set up for almost anything, so a mullet bike works a treat! The advantages of wheelsize adaptability are clear for both racers and non racers alike. 27.5″ wheels can be an advantage for shorter riders, or for tighter tracks where maneuverability is key, whereas the bigger wheels are king when it comes to pure speed over rough terrain. In addition like with Gamblers in the past you can also adjust BB height, heat tube angle and chainstay length. These adjustments are completely independent of wheelsize so, any combination works with both 29″or 27.5″ wheels. Looking at geometry, the Gambler has been modernized, and is now available in 4 lengths to accommodate riders of all sizes. This means we have solutions for riders like Flo Marine, or even someone smaller. We’ve chosen geometry that is stable when you want it to be, yet is agile and lively when the need arises. One are on which we placed a lot of importance is seattube angle and saddle position. The Gambler has size optimized seat tube angles that are combined with our new Syncros Comox Saddle to maximize every milimeter of tire clearance. which is especially important for 29″ wheel setup’s and smaller riders. You can get the saddle lower, and further back that what was previously possible, meaning more riders of varying sizes can get their preferred position even with 29″ wheels. Integration is a topic that is becoming more and more prevalent. We really try to look at a bike like as a system where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. With SCOTT being a cross-division brand we have in-house expertise to work with a variety of materials and manufacturing techniques to help us engineer components and frame parts. It is with this in mind that we set about developing the Gambler’s chain device and bash guard. We quickly realized that by ditching the traditional ISCG mounting system, we were able to significantly improve many areas of the bike that were previously being compormised. By designing specifically for our frame, and the exact chainline and chainring options, we were able to improve the chainstay strength, the stiffness, the bearing life, make it easier to set up and save a lot of weight over equivalent ISCG devices. Our new mounting system also reduces frame weight and complexity and we have unique rubber isolation between frame and bashguard helping to absorb impacts, reducing shock transmission to the rider, and also helping to protect the frame. The Gambler features the all NEW Hixon iC DH. This integrated bar/stem combo from Syncros is super-strong and super-light tipping the scales at only 290g. Downhill bikes see a ton of punishment. Whether you’re racing competitively or hitting the world’s biggest jumps, the Gambler can handle it all. However, focussing only on engineering a bike that is strong, can result in a bike that is too stiff, and not compliant when you really need it. Frame flex is really an essential element of a DH bike’s design, and is something that we’ve studied at length. It plays a huge role in rider comfort, fatigue management, and how well a rider can hold a difficult line, or recover from a mistake. With our athletes, we tested a variety of setups for this bike, gaining invaluable insight into what works, and what doesn’t work when it comes to stiffness and compliance. By devising our own laboratory tests to isolate and measure factors we were able to study how stiffness in different directions and also stiffness continuity from front to back affect the way the bike handles. These tests enabled us to engineer exactly the right amount of stiffness and compliance when and where it’s needed. The result is a frame that can hold heavy lines, reduce rider fatigue corner with confidence, and pedal with maximum efficiency. It’s really a total package. Lastly, as mentioned, we wanted to make this bike super light. Bringing together all of our carbon knowledge, and by using the best quality materials and proven production techniques, frame and hardware weigh in at only 2.65kg or 5.84lbs. Given this, we believe we are now at the forefront of lightweight downhill performance.