Scott Gambler 920 2020
Gambler Alloy Frame
FOX 40 Performance Elite 203mm Fork
FOX VAN RC 200mm Shock
SRAM GX DH 7 Speed
Shimano 4 Piston disc brakes
Maxxis Assegai 2.5″ DH Tires
SW Dropouts: On the Scale, Spark, Genius, Ransom and Gambler Scott have redesigned all the parts that can give you significant benefits in terms of performance and functionality. On the previous model the support of the dropout was a bulky additional part molded to the carbon chain stay. The new dropouts are designed to be integrated on the thru-axle system thanks to a hollow tubular design that allows a simple and light weight structure. Available for SRAM and Shimano DM derailleurs, this dropout increases the stiffnessand avoids damage to the frame in case of impacts on the rear derailleur.
One Frame Two Wheel Sizes: With Scott’s mountain bikes, they try to achieve ultimate versatility. The Gambler can switch from 29″ to 27.5″ wheels with nothing more than the flip of a chip. No need to change the fork, all you need to do is flip a shock mount chip, change your wheels and off you go. The flip chip allows Scott to maintain a similar BB height when switching from one wheel size to the other which is key to keeping handling similar for both wheel sizes. With 27.5″ wheels, you can run either 2.5″, 2.6″ or 2.8″ tires. For the 29er, anywhere from 2.4″-2.6″ is good to go.
29 Wheels: Improved roll-over is the most noticeable attribute when it comes to 29” wheels. The big wheels are great for rolling over nasty roots and rocky sections, essentially making it easier to ride these conditions. Improved traction is also a key factor with the increased wheel diameter compared to 27.5” wheels as tire contact to the ground is larger.
• Best Roll-Over Performance
• Carries Momentum
• Maximum Traction surface
• Best stability on easy trails
• Lowest suspension stress
• Great for larger frame sizes
• Increase stability on long curve
Gambler Adjustability: Scott’s downhill bikes have always pushed the boundaries of adjustability. Both a rider and a bike need to be able to adapt to tracks, weather conditions and choice of shock (air or coil.) The new Gambler allows you to switch between wheelsizes without changing any other components on the bike.
Chain stay length can also be adjusted, independent of wheelsize choice. Short with 29″, sure thing. Long with 27.5? Yep, that too. The Gambler also comes with spare angled headset cups, so that you can adjust head angle relative to wheelsize, fork choice etc.
It also has 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. They want the bike to be optimizable for each shock and rider given the track.
All this adjustment allows Scott to focus on balance. And by balance, they mean on the perfect combinations to find traction. Geometry and shock curve options help get a rider’s center of mass in the perfect spot between the wheels for optimum levels of balance and traction. However, as race tracks change, this balance point changes, and not all bikes can change with it – Scott wanted to be able to do so.
For instance, a bike with geometry for a steep track will roll slowly and push wide in turns on a flatter track, whereas a bike set up for flatter tracks will make it difficult for a rider to keep their center of gravity far enough back for steep tracks.
Gambler Integrated Bashguard and Chain Device: It seems like it shouldn’t make a huge difference on the bike, but it turns out it does. Scott 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. They 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 them to gain some advantages on the frame construction, further reducing weight and increasing reliability/durability.
Historically, designing around a chain guide / bash guard was akin to designing around a front mech – not ideal. They require a heavy, in molded alloy mount in the frame that can bend under impact, and leaves threads in the frame that can be damaged. These would restrict the frames main pivot width and chain stay shape. In addition, the chain guide and bash guard were connected by a backplate, further increasing weight.
With their design, they no longer have in-molded alloy mount, nor do they have threads in the frame. More importantly, they’re able to design a wider main pivot, making for a stiffer connection and better bearing life. Scott have been able to optimize their chain stay shape, helping them to better maintain stiffness and strength. It is easier to set up and adjust and lighter.
Scott use built in rubber shock absorbers with the bashguard, reducing further the potential for frame damage. Finally, as the bashguard and chain guide are separate pieces, should either get damaged, you don’t need to replace the entire system, just the piece itself.
Frame Geometry (units in mm unless otherwise indicated)
|S / 900||S / 700||M / 900||M / 700||L / 900||L / 700||XL / 900||XL /700|
| LOW BB
|A HEAD TUBE ANGLE||62.9 °||63.2 °||62.9 °||63.2 °||62.9 °||63.2 °||62.9 °||63.2 °|
|B HEAD TUBE LENGTH||110||110||110||110||110||110||110||110|
|C TOP TUBE HORIZONTAL||537.4||535.7||567.5||567.5||621.0||618.9||651.1||648.9|
|D STANDOVER HEIGHT||719.3||712.3||711.6||705.0||712.1||705.8||709.6||703.6|
|E BB OFFSET||-24.2||-8.5||-24.2||-8.5||-24.2||-8.5||-24.2||-8.5|
|F BB HEIGHT||346.4||342.6||346.0||342.6||345.4||342.6||346.2||342.6|
|G WHEEL BASE||1,207.6||1,212.8||1,237.6||1,242.8||1,270.0||1,272.8||1,297.6||1,302.8|
|H BB CENTRE TO TOPTUBE CENTER|
|I BB CENTRE TO TOP OF SEATTUBE||405.0||405.0||405.0||405.0||405.0||405.0||405.0||405.0|
|J SEAT ANGLE||66.8 °||67.2 °||66.8 °||67.2 °||63.8 °||64.2 °||63.8 °||64.2 °|
|N STEM LENGTH|
Scott Sports was founded in 1958 by Ed Scott in Idaho, USA and operates its headquarters from Givisiez, Switzerland. They produce bicycle, wintersport, motorsport and running equipment. They are known for their innovative products which have been used used to win world championships and races at the highest level.
Frame: Gambler Alloy 6061 / Hydroformed custom butted / BB107 VLK Virtual 4 Link kinematic 27.5″ (2.6) and 29″ (2.5) tire compatible with Geo -BB adj. SW DH 12x157mm dropout
Fork: FOX 40 Performance Elite 29″ 203mm travel / Air GRIP / Lo Comp / Rebound 20mm Boost thru axle / Alloy steerer
Rear Shock: FOX VAN RC Performance Low comp. / rebound Custom tuned / 225x75mm Spring rates S: 400 / M: 450 / L&XL: 500
Headset: Syncros DH adjustable Semi integrated / adj +-1° with cup ID 49.6mm / OD 56mm
Handlebar: Syncros Hixon 1.5 DH 31.8mm / 15mm Rise/ 8° / 800mm Syncros Pro DH dual lock-on grips
Stem: Syncros DH1.5 31.8mm / Direct Mount 50mm
Seat Post: Syncros DH2.0 / 31.6mm / Alloy6061
Saddle: Syncros Comox 2.0 Crmo Rails
Shifters: SRAM GX DH Trigger Shifter / 7 Speed
Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX DH Short cage / 7 Speed
Brake Levers: Shimano BL-MT500
Brakes: Shimano BR-MT520 4 piston / 203mm / SM-RT66L rotor
Cassette: SRAM CS PG-720 DH 11-25
Chain: KMC X11-1
Crankset: SRAM Descendant DH DUB 34T Steel chainring DM / 165mm
Chainguide: SCOTT DH Custom
Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB PF MTB107 Shell 107x41mm
Hubs: Fr: Formula DHL-92 Boost / 110x20mm thru axle Rr: Formula DHL-157 157x12mm thru axle / sealed bearings
Spokes: DT Swiss Industry / 2.0 black
Rims: Syncros MD30 Disc / 29″ / 32H black / Tubeless Ready
Tyres: Maxxis Assegai 29×2.5″ / 2x60TPI Kevlar Bead / DH / TR / 3C Maxx Grip
Extras: Syncros DH Fender
Approx weight in KG: 17.10