Scott Gives Away a Gambler to a Pinkbike Reader Who Said it "Looks Like a Session"

Mar 20, 2020
by SCOTT Sports  

It all started with a bit of a joke...


It's important to stress that bike companies pay attention to comments, forums, opinions etc. Sometimes, they're fantastic, other times, they're a bit hard to swallow!

So, when the review of our 2020 Gambler Tuned came out, we thought it would be fun to hijack the seemingly most popular comment of all time, "Looks like a REDACTED"

Wouldn't you know, it worked. It ended up being the 11th most upvoted comment of the decade on Pinkbike so we said to ourselves, "You know what, we should do it. We should give away a bike, just for fun."

So we reached out to team PB, and asked if they would be so kind as to generate a list of all users who "participated" in our "giveaway." We then randomly selected a name from that list, and this is what followed...


..which led to the perfect response, typo included for effect.


Yes, @pearlwham, thos certainly was real.

@pearlwham as it turns out, is one Ben Jones from Toronto. He was stoked. Here is a photo of him with his new DH rig!


I guess it all started with 'it looks like a session' eh? To be honest, after typing it out I didn't think a few months later I'd have a Gambler in my hands (I mean I don't even work for Pinkbike after all!). Although I'm pretty sure it was a joke to start off with, thanks for following through!
-Ben

Many thanks to our folks at Mica Sport in Canada, and to Detour Bikes for getting Ben sorted with his all-new Gambler.

Take care during these uncertain times, Pinkbike community.

- @SCOTT-Sports


191 Comments

  • 698 3
 SCOTT won the internet on December 11, and did it again today. Nicely played guys, great to see companies taking their community seriously!
  • 244 21
 I will clap to this. Trolls, like any other sexual minority need love and understanding too.
  • 57 4
 @WAKIdesigns: You do make me laugh sometimes
  • 75 12
 @landscapeben: T in LGBT stands for Troll
  • 20 0
 @landscapeben: "sometimes"
  • 23 5
 Looks like a session (hey, can’t hurt to try)
  • 49 2
 Are they certain they gave him a Gambler because that looks awfully similar to a Session.
  • 18 1
 Trek now needs to one up this and give a Session(-:
  • 8 0
 Big internet win Scott. Nice job and just the right kind of news for these times.
  • 6 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: Looks like a Atherton (just in case...)
  • 12 1
 Hey Trek. If you give me a session I will happily race it head to head against Ben!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We will see who makes the best session.

Consider this the gauntlet thrown down (-:
  • 2 0
 It does look like session
  • 2 0
 @moabmerrick: the contest is over.
  • 293 0
 Just wanna say thanks to Julian from Scott again. Thos all took me off guard when it all went down. Looking forward getting out on the dirt with this bad boy!
  • 33 0
 Gotta be stoked to session your new ride!
  • 31 0
 It might be a gamble to take it out right now
  • 63 0
 Love that you included another Thos for effect Beer
  • 2 46
flag CamberDaddy (Mar 20, 2020 at 10:17) (Below Threshold)
 Thos????
  • 7 0
 You da man Pearlwham!
  • 21 0
 @CamberDaddy: You would understand if you read the article...
  • 15 0
 you should brand this gambler with Trek decals and see the world burning Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Right on dude, have fun!!!
  • 3 0
 @johnyyy: or even better : decals saying something like "Scott Session or Trek Gambler"
  • 1 0
 @johnyyy: Trok stickers actually. Then the field would melt.

Also... @pearl jam looks like he's still a big Eddie Vedder fan top this day. Seattle scruff & all...
  • 1 0
 And I'm murdered by a typo and username @pearl will wonder why they are tagged.
  • 186 0
 Wait so did they give him a session or a gambler??
  • 391 0
 There's no way to know for sure
  • 14 97
flag TheWizardofSWAG (Mar 20, 2020 at 9:13) (Below Threshold)
 @friendlyfoe: if it breaks, then its a gambler.
  • 39 0
 @friendlyfoe: It looks like a session.
  • 12 1
 @TheWizardofSWAG: My session is broke
  • 2 0
 This! I can't tell which bike actually got given away?
  • 4 0
 @friendlyfoe: You'll find out after you Session the Gambler.
  • 2 0
 I'm agnostic about that.
  • 9 0
 The article says that they gave him a gambler but there's clearly a man holding a session in the pictures
  • 3 23
flag dylrtz (Mar 20, 2020 at 12:32) (Below Threshold)
 @nfontanella: it's a gambler. look up scott gambler silver
  • 16 0
 @dylanrutz: look up "joke", and "sarcasm"
  • 3 1
 @Rig: ok or its r/woosh
  • 1 0
 @TheWizardofSWAG: isn’t wrong! Haha
  • 1 1
 Gamblers don’t break @TheWizardofSWAG:
  • 76 1
 Now this is how you win at internet marketing. Nice job @SCOTT-Sports
  • 4 0
 Yeah this sh*t is making me giggle out loud, nice one scott
  • 5 0
 Yeah, honestly making me consider a Scott now in my bike purchases. Sweet move.
  • 5 1
 @bishopsmike: totally. My prev impression of scott was mehh. In a sea of bikes that look like sessions this is what differentiates a company.

@SCOTT-Sports, you owe the guy(s)/gal(s) who maintain this PB account and took this to the next level a bonus.
  • 2 0
 Absolutely, thos is some next level stuff @scott-sports ! Well played.
  • 1 0
 @bishopsmike: They're really great bikes imo. Demoed a bunch of bikes including the Genius and settled on a Spark. Genius would have been my choice were I looking for a bit more travel.
  • 66 0
 You know what I find amazing about this?
@pearlwham has only commented once on pinkbike...ONCE....EVER

And BOOM he gets a Dh bike....
  • 93 0
 #thatlurklyfe
  • 3 0
 @pearlwham: Yeah, you'll definitely be more chatty now huh?
  • 5 0
 Right? You would think it would be the loud mouf Waki
  • 3 0
 @owlie: That's a good question actually, @WAKIdesigns...considering that you are this communities loudest mouth (read most prolific commenter), have you ever won anything for your efforts?
  • 11 0
 @landscapeben: He has to have the most downvotes. That should at least be good for the broken slayer frame from last years bike test.
  • 7 0
 @SacAssassin: since Waki is Polish he could get the broken pole from the other test
  • 1 0
 @dj100procentenduro: hah! Even better!
  • 56 13
 In a cruel twist, the bike was delivered literally dripping with Coronavirus, killing Ben instantly the moment he looked at it.
In the morbid hush that followed, a faint voice could be heard from the shadows,
"Call my bike a Session, will ya?"
  • 56 10
 Scott knocking on his door: Hello Sir, congratulations! you just won a Gambler!
- dude’s like: oh thank you... yeah... ehm... any chance you got some toilet paper?
  • 37 0
 Well done Scott.

Well done for not taking things too seriously
Well done for deflating the ridiculously predictable "looks like a session" comments
Well done for turning a negative into a marketing positive
  • 26 0
 I’m guessing evil isn’t gonna send me a following after saying it looks like a diamondback.
  • 20 0
 Thos is the content I needed today.
  • 13 0
 The one time I hold back on a smartass comment!!
  • 4 0
 Right?! Trying to remember if I even commented... don't think I did. Didn't take it seriously. Facepalm Well played @SCOTT-Sports , well played.
  • 11 0
 Lucky dude. That's gotta be worth at least 20 rolls of thick TP.
  • 3 0
 No, check the stocks, it is 5, or 20 rolls (if it’s charmin, ultra soft, 2020 not used).
  • 1 0
 @JacobyDH: "barely used"
  • 2 0
 @A1990ToyotaHilux: well, I can sell some for 110 even, no tax, used, but like new. If anyone wants some, PM me. I cannot make trades, and I can’t go any lower. I am going below the retail price.
  • 2 0
 @A1990ToyotaHilux: or I can do some sand hanitizer, for roughly 1,183.99. An awesome birthday gift, and one of the best things you can give your spouse for belated St.Patricks day. If you want, I can throw in some wrapping paper.
  • 9 0
 Great Scott, what an awesome move! Winner looks like a true PB punter, too - not some insider!
  • 11 1
 whats a guy in Toronto going to do with a DH bike...
  • 3 0
 Has bike, will travel
  • 5 0
 @onemind123: yeah, it sure has a lot of travel
  • 10 0
 Only thing left to do is get a set of Trek decals...
  • 11 2
 Looks like a Gambler

(Please give me a bike)
  • 14 9
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  • 6 0
 Article said he won a Gambler but from the picture you can clearly see that he won a Session!
  • 6 0
 Looks like a Santa Cruz 5010.

(I'll take the base model, SC. I don't mind buying a dropper post)
  • 3 1
 @SCOTT-Sports Believe it or not Im actually the founder of the "looks like a session" comment back in 2011 when a new version of the norco aurum came out LoL. P.S. I was riding a scott voltage fr10 back then freakin awesome bike! So can I have a new Scott too?! Cheers ????
  • 5 0
 not often you get thanked for following through
  • 4 2
 So awesome! I'm happy I bought one from a company that wastes part of my purchase amount on this sort of bs. For real, I'm not even sarcastic this time Smile
Mine will arrive around 20/5, hopefully outdoors is open by then..
  • 4 0
 I'm now going to take every bike manufacture's PB account very seriously from now on.
  • 4 0
 Hey PinkBike, if one day for any reason I say ``looks like a Grim Donut``, will I win my dream bike?.. a proper bike I mean.
  • 3 0
 I just posted, "Looks like a session," on EVIL's Following announcement. Fingers crossed.
  • 2 0
 Great prize DH bike is not my cup of tea maybe I will be lucky in the future. CONGRATS Ben
  • 3 0
 Would prefer to have received a nice bail of Scott toilet paper.
  • 2 0
 looks like someone is just going thru and neg'ing everyone. isolation syndrome.
  • 1 0
 I'm ready for the next year competition:
Looks like a session
Looks like a session
Looks like a session
Looks like a session
Looks like a session
  • 2 0
 That's funny, there are two layers of decals on this thing.... oh d@mn it!
  • 2 0
 That's such a cool thing to do! Way to go, Scott!
  • 2 0
 @SCOTT-Sports Well played!
  • 1 0
 Ever noticed that the Scott Spark kinda looks like a Session...jk, really good job on Scott for doing this !
  • 1 0
 Congrats @pearlwham beautiful bike and Scott for the give away.
One only question: you are going to use or sell it?
  • 2 0
 I don't know what that thing is but it looks dope AF.
  • 2 0
 Unbelievable!!! HAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA
  • 2 0
 @trek if you are listening, your Session looks like a Gambler.
  • 2 0
 Is he going to sell it and buy a session is the real question?
  • 1 0
 If I won, I would take the picture with the Gambler then ask to trade it for a Session.
  • 1 0
 I own a Trek... and these new Gamblers, especially the raw aluminum one is drool worthy to me. Such a good looking bike!
  • 1 0
 Huh, I didn't quite follow all this at first, but yeah it actually does look like a Session.
  • 1 0
 That moment when you had the most upvoted reply, but didn't win the bike!????????????????????????
  • 1 0
 Great idea from Scott bikes , couldnt have come at a better time . Nicely done .
  • 1 0
 Crap... I never thought my hatred of that phrase would come back to bite me in the ass...
  • 1 0
 I think that the 2020 Gambler is one clean simple awesome looking bike and \i bet it rides as good as it looks.
  • 2 0
 Nice, Scott!
  • 9 0
 *Great Scott
  • 2 0
 Love it!
  • 2 0
 What thaa
  • 1 0
 Classy but why'd you give him a Session?
  • 1 1
 Thats a sweet looking rig, Love the silver and black. And it still looks like a session
  • 2 0
 Awesome!
  • 1 0
 What is that wood rack? I want to build something like that
  • 1 0
 Wait so they gave him a Session?
  • 3 0
 Looks like a Gambler
  • 4 2
 Looks like a Gambler
  • 1 0
 WOW Scott ! Brilliant !!!
  • 1 0
 Nice one Scott. You legends!
  • 1 0
 Ha ha that is so cool! Scott are awesome.
  • 1 0
 The content we need for these kinda days
  • 2 0
 [Everyone liked that]
  • 2 0
 Looks like a Hyper
  • 1 1
 Wow this is a pretty rad story, but Not sure what he's gonna do with a DH rig in Toronto other than sell or trade.
  • 3 2
 Or... errr... travel ...?
  • 1 0
 @nojzilla: Good point, but given the state of the world, not likely, at least not for a while.
  • 1 0
 @Richyy86: yeah man, after what seemed like the wettest winter we've ever had I was all ready for a sweet spring/summer. Bikes just gathering dust now. For 3 weeks anyway. What's the situ over there
  • 1 0
 @nojzilla: Pretty good man, not much rain and temps in the double digits, great early season riding. Just can't get too rowdy on the trails and wind up in the hospital with the virus.
  • 1 0
 We have Blue mountain in Onterrible! Hopefully it opens up this year.
  • 1 0
 @turtle17: Lol I know dude, I lived in Toronto for five years, and its not a real mountain, def the nicest place to board, and kind of a pain to travel that much for the love of riding for mountain bikes. Here in Squamish, I drive 10 min for world class trail. If I won a sweet prize bike for being dumb like B.J. I'd seriously trade that sucker for a full suss trail or xc machine and tear up the Don Valley trails. This isolation shis has got me stir crazy and I need to just go and ride some bikes.
  • 1 0
 @Richyy86: Scenic caves is definitely one of the burlyest runs in Ontario to skate.

However I already have a Remedy for the don and Kelso and whatnot. The gambler isn't optimal for my situation but it will definitely help when I make trips out to MSA and Killinton.
  • 1 0
 @pearlwham: I never had the opportunity to ride there before I moved, but it's nice to have options & a weapon of choice that's perfect for the job. I'm happy to hear you have plans to shred that sweet new ride. One problem I had living in Toronto was not enough space for all my bikes and my wife's bikes. #firstworldproblems
  • 1 0
 Thanx for this, really needed some good fkng news right about now
  • 1 0
 Looks like a session alright
  • 1 0
 ur voltage looks likes a session
  • 1 0
 Is is me or does he look like Belushi??
  • 1 0
 Excellent! Well done Scott
  • 1 0
 It looks like an Ohlins fork...
  • 1 0
 Missed opportunity for Trek, though.
  • 1 0
 I didn't know Q from impractical jokers was mtb fan
  • 1 0
 Ohhh I thought I was reading about the Kona Operator this whole time...
  • 1 0
 SCOTT is the sickest brand out there.
  • 1 0
 Uff yo también quiero probar esa sesión!!!!
  • 1 0
 They actually gave him a session, but he couldn't tell the difference.
  • 1 0
 Pretty awesome - grats - super jealous !
  • 1 0
 WTF!!!!!............... look like a f***ing session!!
  • 1 0
 looks like he"s had a session....
  • 1 0
 Heading out for a session may be a gamble right now... Just sayin
  • 1 0
 Looks like a gambler.........
  • 1 0
 Looks like a sweet ride. Regardless of make.
  • 1 0
 You're kidding me. Everyone says that.
  • 1 0
 See? It looks not only like a session, but also a stereo.
  • 1 0
 looks like a cool bike looks like a session
  • 2 0
 Looks like a session!
  • 1 0
 thos looks like session... or gambler?
  • 1 0
 Looks like a recession. Too soon?!!!!!
  • 5 5
 looks like a session... lol!
  • 1 1
 This will finally end all of the looks like a session comments.
  • 4 1
 you kidding? I'm gonna be making that comment in every article now.
  • 1 0
 @kittenjuice: Well, actually I was kidding. Guess I need to work on my sarcasm skills.
  • 1 0
 @JC47: it's pretty hard to convey sarcasm online, most people add /s at the end of their comment to indicate that the comment is sarcastic
  • 1 1
 Is there even anywhere to ride a dh bike in Toronto?
  • 8 0
 No, there are a few ski hills north of Toronto. It'll be well ridden in Vermont/Quebec this summer though.
  • 1 1
 @pearlwham: Will we see you with it in the Don?
  • 2 0
 @RockShoxs: ha, definitely not.
  • 3 2
 Looks like a session
  • 3 2
 Looks like a session
  • 1 0
 wow, nice
  • 1 0
 I'm so jealous!
  • 1 0
 nice one ,,love scott
  • 1 0
 Legends!!!!
  • 2 1
 Looks like a session
  • 1 0
 Hell yeah!
  • 1 0
 Well done!!
  • 2 1
 FCK all y’all
  • 1 2
 Why is the seat so high? It’s not like they’re doing uphill on a DH bike.
  • 2 1
 looks like a session
  • 1 0
 ur gt looks like a session
  • 1 0
 ur gt looks like a session
  • 1 0
 It looks like a session
  • 1 0
 Looks like a session
  • 1 0
 Much fun
  • 1 0
 Work of art
  • 1 1
 And here i am working my ass off to try buy a new DH rig...
  • 1 0
 looks like a session
  • 1 0
 It looks like a session
  • 1 0
 looks like a session
  • 1 1
 Looks like ... a duck.
  • 3 4
 It still looks like a session
  • 2 2
 Looks like a session
  • 1 1
 thos is awesime.
  • 1 2
 Looks like a session! But perfoms better and looks better than a session
  • 1 3
 While many talented athletes need support, you give out bicycles to forum worms, bravo.
  • 1 3
 Looks like a scrambler

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