Just under a month ago, Scott released their all new Gambler Tuned. The carbon DH bike is a true shape shifter, able to run both 27.5 & 29″ wheels with multiple adjustments from the headset, to the shock position, and the axle position. Now, Scott has just announced two more additions to the Gambler line up – the Hybrid and the Alloy. Both include many of the same features and all of the same adjustment, just with more attainable price tags.
Starting with the Gambler Alloy, Scott claims that the Alloy model offers nearly identical stiffness and flex ratios as the Tuned Carbon version.
Part of that stiffness and strength comes from a new front triangle design (right) which has fewer tubes and fewer welds than the previous front triangle (left). This also means that they were able to remove 26.4% of the forged material and optimized what was left, which resulted in more than 600g of weight savings.
All three Gambler models include all of the same adjustability which is extensive. The bike gives you the choice of running 27.5 or 29″ wheels without changing any other components (all four complete models run 29″ wheels stock), offers two chainstay lengths, four different bottom bracket positions, and +/-1° headset cups. The BB chip position also adjusts for kinematics to run air or coil shocks or to adjust for rider preference.
Each frame runs a 12 x 157mm rear end, a combination of internal and external cable routing, a PF107 bottom bracket, and offer 27.5 x 2.6″ or 29 x 2.5″ tire clearance.
- Gambler Tuned: 15.5 Kg | 34.17 Lbs
- Gambler 910 Hybrid: 16.7 Kg | 36.82 Lbs
- Gambler 920 Alloy: 17.1 Kg | 37.7 Lbs
- Gambler 930 Alloy: 16.9 Kg | 37.26 Lbs
Other carry over details include a proprietary chainguide/bash guard which actually sounds pretty good once you hear why. Instead of being forced to design the bike around ISCG 05 tabs, Scott looked at how they could improve on the design for this specific bike. The result is a chainguide that mounts without threads in the frame, and one that completely eliminates the alloy back plate in favor of stronger, wider lower mounts. This not only removes weight, but separates the bash guard from the upper chain guide so there’s no way for impacts to the bash guard to knock the guide out of whack. It also supposedly allows for a wider main pivot and different shaped chainstays. From the sounds of it, almost every aspect is better than the standard ISCG 05 guide, except the fact that it’s proprietary.
All three frames also share the same geometry with four different frame sizes.
In addition to the Gambler Tuned, there are three new models starting with the Gambler 910 Hybrid. The hybrid name comes from the use of a carbon front triangle which looks to be the same used on the Tuned, but with an alloy swingarm. The 910 includes Fox Performance suspension, a SRAM GX DH 7 speed drivetrain, 29 x 2.5″ Maxxis Assegai DH tires, and Syncros parts. The Gambler 920 drops down to a full alloy frame but includes a very similar build with Fox Performance suspension, a SRAM GX DH 1 x 7 drivetrain, 29 x 2.5″ Maxxis Assegai DH tires, but opts for Shimano BR-MT520 4 piston brakes instead of the SRAM Code R of the 910.
Finally, the Gambler 930 uses the same full alloy frame but runs a RockShox Boxxer Select fork with an X-Fusion Vector R Coil shock, a SRAM 1 x 8 speed drivetrain with X4 shifter and X5 derailleur, and 29 x 2.5″ Maxxis Assegai DH tires.
Pricing is not yet available, but all three alloy & hybrid models will be available by December 2019.