Race Bike: Brendan Fairclough's Scott Gambler

All photos by Sven Martin

At the heart of the new Gambler sits the Floating Link, brainchild of engineer Mathieu Landre. Picture by Sven Martin

At the heart of the new Gambler sits the Floating Link, brainchild of engineer Mathieu Landre

The suspension layout means the Gambler’s weight sits centrally, there's a good balance of support and traction, and the seat tube helps shield the shock from mud. Picture by Sven Martin

The suspension layout means the Gambler’s weight sits centrally, there's a good balance of support and traction, and the seat tube helps shield the shock from mud

There’s also very low load on the bearings and minimal DU bushing rotation, resulting in a more sensitive initial suspension stroke and reduced maintenance. Picture by Sven Martin

There’s also very low load on the bearings and minimal DU bushing rotation. This improves small-bump sensitivty and should reduce maintenance

Brendan runs the bike in the raked-out 62° head angle setting so he can hit steep sections with his confidence high. Picture by Sven Martin

Brendan runs the bike in the raked-out 62° head angle setting so he can hit steep sections with his confidence high

There’s 19mm of chainstay adjustment – Brendan likes a

There’s 19mm of chainstay adjustment – Brendan likes a “tight back end” for “a more playful ride and fast cornering”

As for suspension setup, he says: “I like to be able to pump the bike so I like the back end quite hard.” Picture by Sven Martin

As for suspension setup, he says: “I like to be able to pump the bike so I like the back end quite hard.”

Spec highlights

  • Frame: Scott Gambler 2013
  • Shock: Fox DHX RC4, custom tuned, 267mm eye-to-eye
  • Fork: Fox 40 FIT RC2
  • Stem: Funn RSX Light
  • Handlebar: Funn Fatboy
  • Grips: Funn Combat
  • Saddle: Funn Skinny II
  • Brakes: Shimano XTR levers, prototype Shimano Saint callipers, 200mm rotor front, 185mm rear
  • Shifter: Shimano Saint
  • Crankset: Shimano Saint, 36-tooth chainring
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Saint
  • Pedals: DMR Vault Brendog
  • Wheelset: DT Swiss FR 600
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Muddy Mary 2.3in
  • Weight: Sub-38lb

Fancy a bike like Brendan's? The closest production model is the $5,999 / £4,999 Scott Gambler 10. More info at www.scott-sports.com.

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