I seriously doubt that there's a World Cup downhiller out there that's more exciting to watch than Scott's Brendan Fairclough. It doesn't need to be said that he's pretty handy between the tape, but the UK racer also has a massive fan base for his style on the bike when there isn't a clock ticking away. And while anyone who races World Cups is an absolute wizard when it comes to bike handling skills, there aren't many who are willing to lean on that talent in the heat of the Red Bull Rampage.
Fairclough, however, has competed in a few Rampage events over the years, bringing an entirely different kind of style to an event that is more about amplitude and tricks than his obvious focus on speed and smoothness. This is the Scott Gambler that he'll be on come Rampage this October.
Surely his Gambler sports custom geometry? Nope. With the production frame coming with a Syncros headset that allows for a head angle anywhere between 61 and 65-degrees, and chainstay adjustment that can sit between 425 and 440mm depending on the setting, there's no need for Brendan to be on anything but the stock frame that you or I could purchase and then ride a whole bunch slower than he does. The green and orange colours are special and very much not production, though, with Scott painting up two frames for the event; one to ride and another as a spare. Besides that, and a custom seat from Syncros with his name embossed across the top of it, his machine is remarkably normal. Or as normal as a World Cup rig can be.
As you might expect, Brendan's suspension would feel extremely firm for the needs of the average rider, and he'll likely even up the spring rates further once he gets to the Utah desert later this year. There's also a good chance that there's some suspension trickery going on inside his Fox shock and fork.