Pro bike: Brendan Fairclough’s Scott Gambler

Custom front end for fast and flowy handling

Scott Bicycles recently debuted a totally redesigned Gambler downhill frame that incorporates all of the geometry tweaks that once had to be produced custom for star rider Brendan Fairclough (Gstaad-Scott). Even so, Fairclough’s rig at the World Cup round in Windham, New York still featured a set of custom fork crowns to help give him an edge on tracks with lots of speed but plenty of flowy corners, too.

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Brendan fairclough (gstaadt – scott) races on a standard large-sized scott gambler frame but with a few front-end tweaks to produce the handling characteristics he wants: brendan fairclough (gstaadt – scott) races on a standard large-sized scott gambler frame but with a few front-end tweaks to produce the handling characteristics he wants

Brendan Fairclough (Gstaad-Scott) got his geometry wish list on the new Gambler but even the new bike has a set of custom fork crowns now, too

Fairclough’s new frame may bear a resemblance, in profile, to the old Gambler – but the 210mm-travel alloy platform is in fact a ground-up redesign built around 27.5in wheels. Key for Fairclough is the longer front end, but there’s still an enormous range of geometry adjustability available to suit the day’s course.

For Windham’s short but fast track, Fairclough went with the standard 63-degree head tube angle, a low 343mm-tall bottom bracket, and the longer 440mm chainstay setting. On paper, that would tend to yield quite a long, low, and slack geometry that would benefit all-out speed over the ability to turn. But Fox steps in with a set of custom 40 Float crowns that lend some extra manoeuverability without overly sacrificing stability.