So ive had a chance to get stuck into my new gambler 08 in the last few weeks... Nothing major but ive tested it out on some local stuff and given it a few big drops to think about.
First off it is a stunning looking machine. I love how it looks… Appears more burly than its actual weight.. nice lines and very unique.
The welds seem good the alignment of the frame good. Ive seen the best in the biz as my other bike is a Nicolai. The overall package seems well sorted though and through.
Short rear end
I am riding a small and even at 5"8 / 173cm my short feels small when seated. I think this is just the seat position as once onboard its roomy enough. The plus here is that the seat is well out of the way on steep stuff… it's the logic behind the knolly v-tach as well so difficult to argue with. One of the first things I noticed is that with the short dropouts how agile and flickable it is... its like a bmx.. and the rear wheel feels like it is right underneath you. Quite possibly the most
agile bike I have ever ridden.
The bike does feel as though it has a low bb but I have not bashed any pedals yet... all I can feel is more traction in corners than usual and a very stable feel in flight
Adjustable Head tube
Currently for local stuff I have been running it in FR mode which is supposed to equate to a 66 degree head angle. This is quite steep but does make it very manoeuvrable. I have a feeling that the 64 degree angle might be a little to slack.. but only long term usage will tell. Possibley offering aftermarket cups with different angles might make this even more customisable than it already is.. - say a tighter range like one with a 64.5 and 65.5 option. The jump from 64 to 66 is quite significant.
Overall I have never had a bike feel so good through the corners.. it produces more grip and holds more speed than I am used to and I am hitting everything that much quicker. eeeeeeeeeeeeeek
Having never ridden a single pivot before I was concerned about its well documented side effects. I haven't managed to as yet detect any stiffening under braking. I haven't really had the right type of course to test than on as yet. But I guess its all about the execution as a poor Horst can have all sorts of weirdness too. Very pleased so far.
I haven't quite got the big drops dialled in yet. I don't have a stiff enough spring in the rear to make a fair assessment. Im ramping up the boost and HS Compression on the DHX before I invest in another spring.
This really is 2 very good bikes on one.. in the short steep setting I can run with the pack on dirt jumps and tight local stuff.. and its nice and nimble on the shore Open it out and slack it and it becomes a monster stable track gobler.
One final thing…
The only downside so far is that in the UK I am yet to be convinced buy the importers support. There doesn't seem to be much stock of spare parts in the country… if I break anything I Imagine im in for a long wait. Also why so quiet about them on this board? The Nicolai board is way more busy and there are so many more people who own Scotts!
Major thanks to buckoW for all his help when I was making my mind up!