Prototype Testing - Scott Gambler & Voltage

Aug 5, 2014 at 21:26
by ShapeRideShoot  
Views: 46,874    Faves: 599    Comments: 11


Photo by Fran ois Marclay. fran oismarclay.com
Nico Vink and Nick Pescetto. So glad to spend few weeks with this guys testing the bikes.

At SCOTT, were very fortunate to have some of the world’s most renowned trails in our backyards. Not only is this great for employee morale but it is also crucial to the development of our bikes. In developing the new Gambler 710 and Voltage FR 710, we took the extra step in creating custom test tracks so that we could test the prototypes in the roughest conditions. The model in general was simple. Make a track that would create a problem for the suspension and then find a solution for that problem. Then build another track that would be hard on the suspension so on and so forth until we finish with a rig that works best down the toughest of tracks. Just to give you an idea of where these bikes were put through the motions, here is a breakdown by location:

Morgins, CH: Morgins truly offers a great mix of terrain. We built some lines specifically for testing the bikes by mixing all sorts of ideas and scenarios, for example weighting and un-weighting the rider with hard g-outs and heavy root sections. We created some tricky sections to create some difficulties for the bikes when testing, identified said problems and found solutions. With such a mix of slick roots and heavy g-outs, Morgins is interesting for suspension testing because many times what works in heavy g-outs isn’t the best for wet roots. Balance is key and in Morgins you see immediately if things are well balanced.

Photo by Fran ois Marclay. francoismarclay.com
Nico Vink and Nick Pescetto during the shooting on a home trail.

Champéry, CH: The legendary World Cup track is the real deal. Known for its gnarly roots, rocks, g-outs, big jumps and brutally steep terrain, Champéry is where our bikes really have to step up their game. When lapping 1000 vertical meter runs off the tram the bikes get plenty of abuse in a short amount of time. Champéry is a great spot for testing suspension due to the incredibly steep nature of the track. This causes the rider’s body weight to compress the suspension more than most tracks.

Dorenaz, CH: Dorenaz is flat out steep, fast and rocky. Riding Dorenaz at speed is no joking matter. The track is the perfect mix of tricky corners, rough straights and loose ground, making it a great location to test and to identify problems. When there is too much snow up at higher elevations, Dorenaz is our go to test track. Dorenaz adds another dimension to our testing in that traction is hard to find when you start to pick up speed. Additionally, the steepness requires a setup that rides high in the travel but is still supple for traction. It is a challenge to have both of those traits at the same time.

Photo by Fran ois Marclay. fran oismarclay.com
Nick Pescetto following Nico Vink on this freshly built jump.

Leogang, AT: WC bikes tested on WC tracks. What better place to test a World Cup race bike than 2 days after a WC race on the same track. Back to back testing on a track with plenty of holes provides for an ideal testing environment.

Châtel, FR. Châtel is the ideal location to test the Voltage FR. As the biggest bikepark in Europe, it gives us plenty of jumps, drops, gaps, berms and DH tracks to put the bike through the motions.

Photo by Fran ois Marclay. fran oismarclay.com

Flat out, we wanted bikes that could handle any track, at any speed like a champ. Having the engineering department in the heart of the Alps provided for some pretty incredible, and frankly, ideal testing grounds!

Not only our are testing grounds special, but we also have a team of riders that make this process much more interesting. With guys like Brendan Fairclough, Nico Vink, Vincent Tupin and Nick Pescetto amongst others, we are able to test the bikes under a variety of riding styles by athletes that certainly put their bikes through some abuse. If our bikes can handle them, then were onto something. This edit gives you an idea of the type of riding that defines the way these bikes are developed.

Photos by François Marclay. www.francoismarclay.com

http://www.scott-sports.com/global/en/page/gambler710
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71 Comments

  • 135 6
 DH + Slayer = Massive win.
  • 16 30
flag Hekaton100 (Aug 6, 2014 at 3:01) (Below Threshold)
 DH + Slayer = Ultra Satan
  • 31 5
 Normally I would cringe at any video using Raining Blood for anything but the sickest, gnarliest meanest most agressive riding and even then the final product might not live up. This does.
  • 3 0
 VOY
  • 5 0
 I was thinking the song should've been the Angel of Death, so Gambler=Angel of Death
  • 77 0
 This is SCOTT, and I approve of this message.
  • 37 2
 That's the music for biking!
  • 28 3
 Thanks for making the sickest video I've seen on pinkbike in I don't know how long!! Seems like about 90% of all videos on here have either some type of crap emo or electronic "music" and I gotta turn the volume off immediately. Keep up the good work son!!
  • 26 1
 ok, so I want to ride those trails, like that, with that music playing from the sky.
  • 21 1
 Finally some metal in a biking video
  • 12 0
 This is a mtb video for the people! So amazing, thanks for the incredible riding and perfect edit
  • 12 0
 absolutely loved the video
  • 8 0
 This is why I don't film myself riding. It feels like I'm riding like these guys until I watch it back.
  • 2 0
 I don´t have a go pro...better to not watch what i´ve been doing with the bike...
  • 6 0
 Oofya. That was a sick edit. Sell the Scott in raw. Looks so nice raw. Brendog seems to be doing better on this bike also.
  • 4 0
 This paint job is called Slayer
  • 7 1
 So much braaaaaap!!! Me like !!!!
  • 5 0
 Watching that was like drinking 10 espresso's. Time to go spend some stokens!
  • 6 0
 Got more whips out than Indiana Jones - great vid
  • 6 0
 Vincent Tupin needs to have his own video segment
  • 5 0
 that moment at 2.42.......SIDEWAYS!
  • 4 1
 My question is: Who's the guy in the black ski beanie thing in the beginning? Evil mastermind behind the designing of the bikes?
  • 16 0
 Intern- dont worry about it. :-)
  • 2 0
 I tested a Gambler two week ago, now i can´t wait to get my.
Bredog´s promo vid was really good, but this definetly beats it.
...Oh those first beats of Slayer in the vid, so good.
  • 4 0
 FUCKING SLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If Slayer were a rider, clearly, Nico Vink.
  • 5 0
 So rowdy
  • 5 0
 Awesome!
  • 5 0
 Great Scott!
  • 3 0
 Whoa, this is heavy!
  • 3 0
 I'd give my right ball to be able to ride like that, great riding great Music, deffo a fave! loed 1:25.
  • 4 0
 Treemendo!!! nico vink un slayer arriba de esa scott!!!!!
  • 4 0
 I'm gonna raid that container for the bits they threw back in.
  • 4 1
 No need to watch any other video anymore. I don't see the point. Just watch this one again :-)
  • 4 0
 My Fav video of the year ! Sick job guys
  • 4 0
 Love the video, Love the track, want the bike
  • 3 0
 They were throwin up roost an leafs, more than a moto an a leaf blower! haha such shredders!
  • 3 0
 Sick riding, wonder how that rear wheel was after that last back flip Smile
  • 1 0
 1:06 is even worse
  • 4 1
 someone got the memo....brap!
  • 3 0
 FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YEAH!
  • 3 0
 The background music stimulated me!..in addition,this vedio is increative
  • 3 0
 HOLY SHIT THAT WAS THE TITS!!!!!
  • 2 0
 That is what can be done when you combine an awesome set of trails and WC level skill! So awesome!
  • 3 0
 Wow!!! One of the best Dh video I ever seen since 3 years!
  • 3 0
 Video of the Month right here guys!
  • 3 0
 Can't get any better. !!!!!!! Stright killing it.
  • 3 1
 great vid and riding! love the music choice.. nothing like heavy music to accompany the hard riding..
  • 4 2
 How about a carbon gambler? Great music btw. So much better then the shit pop or swag rap on every other video.
  • 4 1
 Holy shit balls! Ok, I am wide awake now....you had me at Slayer!
  • 3 0
 sorry, but tupin is absolutely killing it!!!!
  • 2 0
 when are these coming out??
  • 2 0
 Fall to me, The skies crimson tears. Abolish the rules made of stone.
  • 4 2
 Fact: You cannot make a bad mtbike video with Slayer music!
  • 2 0
 This was so good I'm going back for a second helping!
  • 1 0
 You've gotta be riding pretty fast for Slayer not to make you look like you're riding slow.
  • 1 0
 One of the best vids ever. Slayer and Vink go hand in hand. Keep em coming Scott!
  • 2 0
 Fucking great music!!!
  • 3 1
 Boom!
  • 2 1
 SLAYER yeeaaaaa \m/
great vid
great music
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know what that song is called??
  • 1 0
 This.
  • 1 0
 is vink on vans team?
  • 1 0
 Vans Belgium BMX team, kinda Smile
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