Scott recently launched a new Gambler downhill platform with carbon and aluminium options, both options are very light compared to previous models, with the carbon frame weighing in at 2650g for frame and hardware, the aluminium bike is heavier but still lighter than most other equivalent carbon bikes.
2650g Frame weight
29" or 27.5" wheels
435mm to 450mm adjustable chainstay length
62 to 64 degree head angle
4 way progression adjust
First, we will focus on frame construction. It is here where our renowned carbon expertise is evident.
Let’s get straight to the point – we wanted this bike to be light. If you look at our racing pedigree across other disciplines, we aim to always give our athletes as many competitive advantages over other brands as possible. With the weight advantage, we’ve become experts over the years, and can finally apply this expertise to a downhill race rig. The Gambler Tuned’s carbon frame with hardware comes in at 2650g. Taking everything we’ve learnt from developing frames like the Ransom, we saved weight everywhere we could. We even developed a new method to manufacture an ultra-light and strong linkage that we can tune for stiffness to a level not achievable with alloy, it only weighs 160g. The Gambler’s new suspension design allows for a super-light frame package. Using our Evolap layering technology as well as an adapted version of our down tube shock mount construction, we’re able to achieve incredible weight figures for a downhill frame.
However, carbon design and engineering go beyond just weight, as when we set a weight target, we set up a stiffness target as well. We worked closely with our 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. Working with various materials and layup techniques we were able to achieve a torsionally stiff frame for responsive behavior but with the right level of lateral flex to provide compliance and comfort on difficult sections of track. How’d we do this? In a sense, we followed a learn by doing approach. By taking concepts too far in certain directions, we we’re able to eliminate certain ideas, while refining ones that worked. We made prototypes and we took them to the races. By testing bikes which were too stiff in race situations as well as ones that were too soft, we saw first-hand all the positives and negatives chassis stiffness can provide. We then took it a step further and bench tested these same frames as well as those of competitors helping us to identify our sweet spot.
Like with the Genius and the Ransom, the Gambler was designed with two main construction zones – a “stiffness zone”, and a “lightweight zone.” Through clever layering and reinforcement in certain zones we obtain the idea of stiffness between the head tube and the rear wheel axle via a path following the downtube and the chain stays - we call this the stiffness backbone. Designs like the new Gambler which leave the top and down tubes free of shock loads allow us to fine tune flex and create the opportunity to optimize chassis compliance. Part of the magic mix is NOT putting extra forces on the down tube and top tube with shock mounts or linkage pivots. Thanks in part to this design we were able to make a lighter frame with stiffness AND flex in all the right spots.
Even though we were able to get to our low weight target, we didn’t compromise on our strength target. This is a downhill bike after all, and it needs to be able to roll with the punches. We test all our bikes to our own very high standard, which sits well above industry norms, and with the Gambler we wanted to make sure that the bike could withstand the forces a professional athlete can exert during a world cup season. There is no point in making a lightweight, fast bike if it isn’t a strong bike.
Scott Gambler Prices
Gambler 900 tuned Carbon: £7199
Gambler 910: £5399
Gambler 920: £3999
Gambler 920: £3399
Scott Gambler Alumunium