I love all of my Scott bikes but when I jump on my Gambler I just feel right at home. This machine just has my dream geometry and as bombproof as it is you can throw anything at it. It kind of reminds me of the sexy baby of a DH bike and a MX machine. It loves to tackle fast, rough terrain but is almost grinning when you leave the ground. I run it in large at 1,79m with a low bb and short chainstays. This way it’s stable through high speeds but still loves a good whip.
My cockpit is fully Chromag equipped. These guys are awesome. If you ever have the chance to visit Whistler make sure you pay them a visit. I switch between my OSX 35 bars if I want some more flex and my BZA carbon bars if I want more rise. I mount the bars very neutral as I love the natural shape they have. As a saddle I always went for the overture as I think this is the sickest saddle out there. Small and rugged but it gives you great guidance and is perfect for throwing nohanders. And of course there is no other saddle out there that looks as good.
Completely new for next year are all the Formula parts on the bike and after a first couple of runs I was able to do I can only tell you they perform as good as they look. The new Nero fork definitely needs some love when adjusting the 3 Camber air system but once you got it dialed the performance will blow you away and is right in there with the other top forks. In genereal I run my setup really hard and probably slower than a lot of people. That gives me confidence when jumping high speed gaps etc. But what surprised me the most are those Cura brakes. I have to admit I was a bit sceptical putting such a small brake on my DH bike after running Codes but I can assure you I never felt such power. These brakes are the best I’ve ever ridden so far. New as well are the Linea G wheels. I def put some beating to them but I can’t see any damage so far and they look and feel super high end.
Those are wrapped in the all-terrain-weapons Schwalbe Magic Mary. The new Addix compound def is the best I have tried so far and is a huge step forward. I run them tubeless and in Super Gravity to safe some weight where it matters the most.
Last interesting thing probably is that I totally trust my Chromag Sequence chainings without a chainguide. I run this setup for two seasons now and believe me or not I never! dropped a chain but just have a way improved BB clearance.
If you want to see the machine in action be sure to check out @anditillmann or @teaminfocus on instagram and www.fb.com/infocusmtb for Facebook. Something new is on it’s way for sure to get you through the cold time 😉