Scott's signing of Brendan Fairclough, one of the most popular and stylish racers on the circuit, was big news this off season, and while there were many photos of him training aboard a bright yellow Scott Gambler downhill bike it was no secret that Scott was busy developing a new race machine for Brendan and the rest of the Scott 11 team. The rumor mill was going into overdrive with whispers of a new carbon framed bike but, unlike many other companies, Scott was able to keep the new bike under wraps until they released these somewhat purposefully guarded photos to Pinkbike of Fairclough and the team testing in San Remo, Italy. The Scott 11 team will also be on the new machine at this weekend's World Cup race in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, so you can expect more detailed full bike photos to come soon.
The prototype Gambler features an aluminum frame and a linkage activated shock.
While it is hard to round up much information from the above photo, it's easy to see that the bike employs an entirely different suspension layout from the previous design, even if it does share the same 'Gambler' name. The vertically mounted shock is activated by a linkage, that much is clear, and new frame also appears to not
be made from carbon fiber. That's not to say that we don't expect to see a carbon framed Gambler at some point in the future but, given the price of frame molds, one can understand that Scott's engineers would want to be confident that the team is 100% satisfied with the design before progressing to carbon.
Fairclough testing the new Gambler in San Remo, Italy.