Scott-Velosolutions Gets a Makeover

Feb 15, 2018
by SCOTT Velosolutions  

For 2018 the SCOTT-Velosolutions team continues with Brendan Fairclough, Gaetan Vigé and team owner Claudio Caluori, but the SCOTT Gambler is coming out fighting with a host of new components to get the job done.

SCOTT-Velosolutions welcomes BOS Suspension, TRP Cycling, DMR Bikes and Leatt.

bigquotesAfter over 9 years with Shimano and Fox suspension, moving away from these partners was no easy decision and we are grateful for all their support. But when races are decided by fractions of a second, every team has to try to find their own winning formula and we believe we have done just that.Claudio Caluori, Team Owner
Photo: Sven Martin

As soon as the 2017 season was over, Brendog and Vigé were out in Switzerland and the South of France testing new products to try and find the optimum set up. With an impressive back catalogue of results and a product portfolio that has always challenged the industry, BOS suspension will be the official suspension partner of SCOTT-Velosolutions moving forwards. As the only team running the newly developed OBSYS inverted fork, BOS will be found alongside the SCOTT-Velosolutions pits providing the team with dedicated suspension tech support at each round.

Photo: Sven Martin
bigquotesAny change to a bike can take time and suspension is so important but there is something special about the new OBSYS fork and I believe it can deliver. I have worked with Olivier and BOS Suspension before and I am confident they can help me and Bren get on the podium in 2018.Gaetan Vigé

Over the past few years, SCOTT-Velosolutions has seen the rise of companies producing individual components and believe that through a combination of partners they can build a race winning formula.

Brendan Fairclough’s partnership with DMR has been hugely successful with the Brendog Vault and more recently the Deathgrip. In 2018 The entire SCOTT-Velosolutions team will be running DMR Deathgrips, Brendog remains on his signature Vault pedals whilst Gaetan and Claudio will opt for the new V-Twin clipless pedal. The team will also be running the Blade chainring and DMR Axe crank which has been designed to handle the biggest DH hits with the race-ready weight of an enduro crank.

bigquotesDMR are like family to me and to have them join my other family, SCOTT-Velosolutions is amazing. I am so excited to have Gaetan and Claudio running the Deathgrips. Switching to new products is always a challenge but with DMR I have complete faith in their products.Brendan Fairclough
Photo Eric Palmer

TRP Cycling will also join the SCOTT-Velosolutions team in a move that will see them be the second team to run the product on the UCI World Cup circuit. Given the development and testing that TRP brakes have been put through there was no doubt in the team’s mind that TRP and the G-spec brake is the product of choice.

SCOTT-Velosolutions also welcome their new head mechanic, Gavin Black who joins the team from Radon Factory Racing. He replaces Benoit Vergnaud who worked with the team for over 7 years. Benoit’s commitment to SCOTT-Velosolutions was second to none and greatly appreciated. As the team embark on this new journey, Gavin is certain to be a valuable and talented addition in 2018.

bigquotesThe opportunity to work with a collective of brands of this calibre is an incredible one for any mechanic. TRP have proven themselves as winning brakes and I am beyond confident that this partnership is going to help drive the team forwards.Gavin Black, Head Mechanic

In a final twist for 2018, the SCOTT-Velosolutions team have joined forces with Leatt as the official kit and protection partner of the team. Gaetan and Claudio will be riding in the full range of DBX gear and helmets.

2018 is a big year for the SCOTT-Velosolutions team and the team are proud to welcome their new partners. SCOTT-Velosolutions have always challenged the status quo and now have the chance to work with a collective of industry-leading partners who love this sport as much as they do.

The team is excited to continue to partner with industry leading brands Schwalbe, Syncros, Deity and e*thirteen. These companies have provided invaluable partnerships and they offer the very best product the team could hope for.

SCOTT-Sports and Velosolutions remain the driving force behind the team. SCOTT’s commitment to the team is stronger than ever and with the combined passion of Velosolutions, 2018 is set to be their strongest year to date.

bigquotesSCOTT Sports is committed more than ever to downhill racing and we are working as close as possible with the riders across the board to ensure that 2018 is a year to remember.Ben Walker, SCOTT Sports

MENTIONS: @SCOTT-Sports @Velosolutions


  • 38 1
 Please show us the bike with all those components.

Regarding the story: Do you think that
a) Scott went shopping around because they thought they needed a different suspension to get better,
b) Fox told Scott they did not want to support them anymore (for whatever reason, lets say they are downsizing) or
c) BOS asked Scott if they wanted to work with them because they wanted to be present in the WC again?
  • 18 0
 Or d) Contracts ran out, Scott asked for too much budget and product and Fox didn't renew?
  • 37 0
 e) Based on results Fox offered lower budget/support, and the team looked elsewhere.
  • 4 2
 option B is definitely not it. Only if there was some sort of animosity between the two companies which I doubt there is would this be the reason. I think it could be a combination of things but I think the main reason is what was stated in the article, after 9 years they are just looking at opening there options because when it comes to racing every fraction of a second counts.
  • 4 2
 I vote for option A. They get more focused support that way too and more of a say in product development as well. To Fox' credit they're so successful and popular they just can't offer the individual attention and preferential treatment that BOS can. That and it sounds like they got on with the forks quite well. My two cents.
  • 6 1
 No picture of the bike - quite silly...
  • 3 2
 @mtbmaniatv: I don't get what you mean "no picture of the bike" when there's several photos in the article with the bike and BOS suspension.
  • 4 1
 @LiquidSpin: Just the bike...
  • 2 0
 C, is a good choice. BOS will stay in WC and have a chance to work closly with Scott Team cause contrat come to a end. Choice to be a number 1 with BOS suspension or one of each other to FOX Factory , I pick BOS clearly
  • 1 2
 "...every team has to try to find their own winning formula and we believe we have done just that."
I still see a terrible bike frame..oh wait..
  • 30 1
 I predict it will go well in the beginning, but fall apart by midseason when BOS is unable to provide service parts, technical help, or even respond to their emails.
  • 20 0
 I posted something along the same lines a few hours ago in the middle of the day Euro time. Got neg propped into oblivion before the Americans could show up and show a little support. If Bos delivers a great product and Brendog has an epic year, I'll be very pumped. If Bos is unable to deliver support and Brendog is running an old Fox 40 at for the last two World Cups and World Champs, I won't be surprised. And defunct Bos USA, I would still like my fork back please if you happen to come across it.
  • 4 0
 Let's see if we can resurrect his original comment from below threshold oblivion...6 up arrows to go....
  • 2 0
 @OriginalDonk: I would say that someone owes you a fork. C'mon BOS, reputation is everything. Blow it now and it's going to be worse than a XC race on a clapped out DH sled!

You Can Do IT!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Haha Bos and Marzocchi both in the gutter when it comes to product after-care support, appalling attitudes
  • 41 16
 So what are the chances that Bos is unable to support the team throughout the entire season and they just end up running Fox 40s or Boxxers for tbe last few World Cup races and World Champs?
  • 4 0
 #NegpropOblivion .
  • 5 0
  • 8 0
 Thanks for backing me up and bringing my comment back from the dead. Apparently the French PinkBike homers are well organized and active.
  • 13 1
 So Claudio is actually a team owner, not just a manager? That was news to me
  • 3 2
 Just under the crown like old good Marzocchi !
  • 29 2
 I can see the meeting with his accountants going something like "Whoa Whoa Whoa What is this??? EYE YEI EYE!!!! OHH This looks GOOD! WEEEEE WE'RE FLYYYYING!!!!! WAit, Where are we GOING!?!?!?"...........yeah I miss his course previews, nine more weeks!
  • 3 0
 yeah, both Velosolutions and the Scott team, + commenting. Claudio's doing really well once racing's over for him. And he still rips too, so... 10/10
  • 7 0
 He's always been the team owner.
  • 4 0
 @Boardlife69: amazing imitation. Now I miss the course previews as well.
  • 2 0
 @Boardlife69: nice work, when I read that it was in Claudios voice.
  • 3 0
 @ismasan: yeah he does come across like one if the nicest, most genuine guys in mtb. So all power to him.
  • 2 0
 How much does it cost to buy/start a mountain bike team? And what kind of return on investment is there? I just don't see it being a viable business venture. Can anyone shed light on this?
  • 13 2
 Is Claudio hanging out with Nino? Everytime I see picture of him he is thinner and thinner. Anyhoo: All the bestnof luck Velosolutions!
  • 5 0
 Since i know he is working damn hard on velosolutions pumptracks
  • 2 0
 Probably all the laying asphalt and running tampers in hot ass locations lol
  • 2 0
 He's probably way busier now than at any point in his career.
  • 9 0
 So if Scott VS are running the Aaron Gwin Brakes, will Gwinny be on support if something goes wrong?
On a more serious note, ist always refreshing seeing big Teams changing things up..for example the GFORT withe DVO.
The bike industry is full of great products and tech...letting pro riders do the R6D for those companies (especially on WC Level) will always be a plus in my book.
Good on you Scott and all the best für 2018...
  • 11 2
 So what is going on with MTB and shimano for 2018?

From what Ive read so far Atherton racing are off Shimano, Santa Cruz Syndicate are off Shimano, now Scott-Velo? Im struggling to believe that all of them have walked away from Shimano and found other sponsors out of choice / got better deals. Its not as if there are many options out there for shifters and mech's. So why all the change and only in teams that historically have been associated with Shimano?
  • 3 1
 Syndicate off shimano? If i looked their instagram they still use shimano groupset
  • 8 7
 Who knows. I do know saint hasn't been updated in years. X0 downhill is updated annually. A new GX 3.0 7 speed derailleur blows a saint or zee derailleur out of the water, it's not even close. And I just don't have the strength for a gripping conversation on brakes at the moment, but I love my Guides and can't wait to get some Codes. I still really like Shimano brakes, when they're consistent. The inconsistent bite point and bleeding them between runs has to be seen as a negative to a race teams, the former especially as a run killer.
  • 2 2
 @LoganKM1982: First of all, the GX DH 3.0 costs about as much as a Saint derailleur, you get Zee for less than half the price. A Zee derailleur is all you need for DH, you can take it apart, set the clutch to your favourite strength and you're good to go.
Performance-wise I also couldn't support your opinion, except for the better feel of shifting using SRAM. Not even to mention the lower risk of tearing it off bc of Shadow+ and also you can modify the Shimano cassettes to your needs.
Call a person who owns a lathe, get yourself some spacers and you get a cassette that's far lighter than all of the SRAM cassettes or if you want it cheap, buy a 7-speed conversion spacer, you'll end up cheaper and lighter than with a low-end SRAM 7-speed cassette.
  • 1 2
 @Highclimber: oh, all I have to do I call someone with a lathe? So a piece of plastic designed in 2013 can still mushroom limit screws, warp, and fail catastrophically?

Try using zee for three days at Northstar, see what happens to your beloved derailleur.

There isn't a downhill cassette lighter than the stock Sram one piece either.

Do you try and tell people your cart and buggy is better than their Mercedes too?
  • 1 0
If you look to get the most weight saving, you'll have to. Otherwise the pieces of plastic will do the job just as fine, as long as you order the right size. My 5-speed Setup beats the SRAM Setup by far on the weight side. Good luck changing cogs on a X-Dome cassette. I raced all the iXS Cup races using it last year, additionally ~30 lift access days in Lac Blanc or alpine venues. It failed not a single time. Depending on the track, I can choose the cogs I want, using 7-speed always saw me leaving some of the cogs unused, making them useless additional weight when you really consider it for DH only use.

In the end, it doesn't depend on some personal happenings. Both derailleurs are pretty common and they're both no piece of garbage. For me as a budget option, the Zee obviously takes the cake, the derailleur being a part that easily rips off clipping rocks in downhill racing. Also buying another spare Zee derailleur in case I rip it off in training won't hurt my budget more than buying one single GX derailleur. If I happened to get all my stuff thrown at me, then bring on the X01 DH.

When speaking about mech killer destinations, last year I also happened to ride 1 week in Zermatt. Pretty much the nightmare of every rim and derailleur and everything is just fine, whcih leasd me to the bottom line: If you set up your derailleur correctly, the only reason it'll fail will be clipping it on some rocks or similar, meaning it's the riders fault.

It's more like the comparison of a modified Supra featuring 1000bhp vs. an AMG SLS on a drag race. The Supra costs a fraction and will still smoke the SLS on the quarter mile. On the other hand, the Supra probably isn't very comfy to drive anymore and it's just missing the elegance of the SLS, being designed as a whole from the beginning. Pretty similar for the derailleurs. If you're willing to tinker, you'll have a Zee derailleur perform just as fine as a X01 DH while beating it weight-wise due to the ability to modify the cassette.
  • 14 2
 "suspension tech support at each round" good luck for this part !!
  • 11 5
 Based on their realibility record, BOS is probably coming with new forks and new shocks for each run.
  • 5 0
 With the move away from Shimano as their drivetrain and considering the innovation going on at e*Thirteen, would the imagination not be a stretch to see e13 release their own shifter and derailleur to work in conjunction with their cassettes.
  • 3 0
 The problem is that Shimano and Sram hold so many patents that its really hard to market your own derailleur system. Look at Box- they are really struggling.
  • 1 0
 Oh I can understand that. Perhaps SRAM will be spec’d similar to the Aaron Gwin situation.

  • 1 0
 Check out the last photo, still running Shimano Saint when this photo was taken with BOS forks fitted.
  • 5 0
 "In a final twist for 2018, the SCOTT-Velosolutions team have joined forces with Leatt as the official kit and protection partner of the team. Gaetan and Claudio will be riding in the full range of DBX gear and helmets."

So I read that as Brendog will still be on TLD gear then...
  • 5 1
 Brendog is most CERTAINLY on Troy Lee Designs...since 2006! I repeat, Brendog and TLD are all good. Stikman-TLD
  • 1 0
 @stikmanglaspell: EDIT: I guess emoji's don't work on PB... haha "\m/"
  • 4 0
 Its good to see the virtual duopoly being broken up on the suspension front, although buying/servicing a BOS product in north america is impossible.
  • 2 0
 Maybe we'll get lucky and this will change that.
  • 4 0
 You just need to get them to sign on to your team then they will be there for support every ride.
  • 1 0
 I think changes are demanding especially at such level but during the time the excitement, fun from discoving new possibilities and challanges are always a good thing - check the Polygon team/interviews there's a few really nice of then in PB.
Besides there are so many awasome brands out there.
Good luck guys!
  • 5 1
 SO Brendan gets to keep his TLD kit. GOOD!
  • 2 0
 Yes sir!! Brendog and TLD!
  • 1 0
 @stikmanglaspell: You do know I cry every time you ignore my emails right?
  • 3 0
 Hoping brendog gets back on the podium this year!
  • 2 0
 That's gotta be weird to be someone like Brendan Fairclough and having brakes that say "Gwin" on them.
  • 2 0
 I wonder what cog+shifter+RD they're going to use.
  • 2 3
 So they are kitted with Leatt, but not a single pic of someone wearing a leatt neckbrace?

I never wore one when I rode downhill back in the day; is there any actual evidence that they work?
  • 1 0
 Claudio and Gaetan will be in Leatt helmets, pads & gear, see photos of Geatan above.
  • 2 0

Image of Brendog's new bike!
  • 1 0
 At darkfest brendan still had a Fox DHX on his gambler. is bos going to supply rear shocks?
  • 1 0
 Inverted forks look freakin cool!!! still luv me shivers Spelling and grammar messed up fo you alphabitches ha ha!
  • 1 0
 Sort of surprised at that inverted fork. . .
  • 1 0
 Weren't Polygon UR already on BOS?
  • 2 0
 suntour/whatever shock you wanted
  • 1 0
 why is there no "DELETE" button for comments. This isn't Twitter.
  • 1 0
 They still haven't won anything. Pretty good winning formula
  • 1 0
 But what are the new shoes Brendan has been wearing.....?!
  • 1 0
  • 1 1
 Brendan no more on fiveten? Whats about that shoes?
  • 4 7
 That OBSYS fork has the same draw back as the Dirrado... Nowhere to mount a front mudguard...
  • 23 1
 But at least being Swiss, they can force BOS to answer mails and send replacement parts, by threatening to freeze their accounts
  • 6 0
 I reckon they can do exactly what MX forks do to mount fenders?
  • 1 0
 @profro: you popping into to PB chaos? Slow day?
  • 1 0
 @bizutch: 30 bucks is ridiculous. that`s 10 times the price of a normal one lol
  • 3 0
 @colincolin: this is the sick comparison competition for who will cut a piece of plastic sheet for less... I actually thought of taking the back cover of my master thesis... that’s how much master thesis is worth
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: My buddy actually used a PET bottle. It even cost 0.25€ because Germany.
  • 2 0
 I think the difference between the one I posted and those is he made it in a manner that attaches it to the lower stanchion guards somehow. It's funny that in DH, a moto mud fender on a USD fork would seem like the answer, but without it being down close to the tire like the Marsh Guard's of the world, the utility of a moto fender up high on the crown area is less effective because it's so far from the tire that it would need to be as huge as a moto fender to do any good. DVO seems to have the right idea by having a mud guard integrated into their stanchion guards. Wonder if anyone in moto would ever try the DVO design on a motocross bike. Seems like it would keep a whole lot more muck off the rider.

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