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Neko Mulally Scott Gambler Dh bike with prototype dual high-low speed compression and rebound coil shock

Having moved to Asheville, NC, last year, gravity phenom Neko Mulally showed up for a Scott Bicycles demo ride at Billy Goat Bikes recently and gave us the run down on his new team bike.

The frame is the 2015 Scott Gambler with 27.5″ wheels that was introduced last summer, and a Scott rep informed the model will carryover unchanged for 2016, save for the likely spec updates. We were thinking there might be a carbon version coming, but the official word is that the riders are doing quite well on the alloy bike and are very happy with it. Neko’s been testing a coil version of a new dual high/low speed compression/rebound Fox shock for a couple months now, we just couldn’t photograph it the first time he showed it to us. We spotted a prototype Fox air shock using the same new damping controls in testing earlier, and our source tells us Neko could be swapping that in soon, too.

Drop in for a little Q&A and closeup pics…

Neko Mulally Scott Gambler Dh bike with prototype dual high-low speed compression and rebound coil shock

Neko Mulally Scott Gambler Dh bike with prototype dual high-low speed compression and rebound coil shock

Two dual-function knobs appear to control high and low speed compression damping separately. From the looks of it, an allen wrench will handle the inner dial and a spanner wrench will turn the outer one. A handy directional arrow makes it easy to know which direction adds damping to slow things down.

BIKERUMOR: What are you riding for 2015?

NEKO: For 2015 I am riding the Scott Gambler with Fox suspension, Shimano Saint Group, Schwalbe tires, DT Swiss wheels and Syncros components.

BIKERUMOR: What made you jump ship to Scott Bikes?

NEKO: The GSTAAD-Scott team was really appealing to me. After some good results in 2014, I had a few options for this season. GSTAAD-Scott seemed like the best place for me to get the results I wanted. They showed the best support and team environment. Now that I have been working with them for a few months I could not be happier with my decision!

Neko Mulally Scott Gambler Dh bike with prototype dual high-low speed compression and rebound coil shock
Scott’s Gambler uses multiple mounting points for the rear axle…

BIKERUMOR: Anything custom or special about your bike or setup? Any prototype parts you’re testing on here?

NEKO: The bike has a lot of adjustments! I have been riding a lot this winter to feel what they all do. We have adjustable BB height and wheelbase options, adjustable head angle every degree from 61-65 degrees. We are currently running the prototype Schwalbe Procore, which is awesome running low pressures. I am also working with Fox in development of the new X2 shocks.

Neko Mulally Scott Gambler Dh bike with prototype dual high-low speed compression and rebound coil shock
…the shock mounts and more, making it a highly customizable bike to suit the terrain.

BIKERUMOR: What’s the basic spec rundown for you this year?

NEKO: Scott frames; FOX suspension; Shimano drivetrain, brakes, cranks and pedals; Schwalbe tires; DT Swiss wheels, Syncros bar, stem, seat, post; and e*thirteen chainguides.

Neko Mulally Scott Gambler Dh bike with prototype dual high-low speed compression and rebound coil shock

Teammate Brendan Fairclough was there, too, showing off a couple custom bits for his own Scott:

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Brendan: “The pedals are my signature DMR pedal called ‘brendog’ DMR vault pedals. The grips are ODI. Got proto shock and stuff but can’t say anything else I’m afraid.”

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Fairclough (gray beanie hat) and Neko (far right, black hoodie) hang with the groms after a demo ride.

Huge thanks to Dave for shooting the pics and the assist on the interview.

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j
7 years ago

Fact check, Neko actually moved to Balsam Grove last year, then just recently down the street from me in Brevard, NC. Close to Asheville, but certainly not in Asheville.

gringo
gringo
7 years ago

obviously a very talented rider, now supported by a powerhouse team….but why would someone voluntarily live in North Carolina?

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
7 years ago

neko doesn’t need a drivetrain

wako29
wako29
7 years ago

@gringo: wait, TFR wasn’t a powerhouse team? Also, you clearly have never been to Asheville. Please never visit it, they don’t need anyone else wanting to live there.

pmurf
pmurf
7 years ago

@gringo, right!? NC is a rough place to live. Too many terrain options, too much craft beer, and all the cyclists will leave you in the dust. Steer clear!

SEAHBS
SEAHBS
7 years ago

ahn-nyong-ha-se-yo!

Dieseldave
Dieseldave
7 years ago

Looks like Neko has made a few laps on that bike already…awesome!

gringo
gringo
7 years ago

I am glad y’all are convinced of the superiority of living in the southern USA….you can have it. Gimme the Alps, Rockies, or anything else any day.
Will be cool to see what Neko gets up to with the Scott crew.

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