How do you improve the already incredible Scott Gambler downhill bike? Oh, and the Voltage too? We spent a few days in France and Switzerland riding steep, muddy downhill trails and eating cheese while Scott filled us in on the details, which we've captured for you in this slideshow.
Put simply, the rear suspension on the updated 2015 Gambler is awesome. It has no bad habits, and gone is the deep stroke wallow of the earlier design. Given how hard Brendan Fairclough rides from the back of the bike it's no surprise this was a significant change for the new year. The adjustability of the previous models remains with the addition of being able to switch between wheel sizes, which only adds to the fun. Even when fully up to speed we were nowhere close to riding this bike to its full potential.
The new Voltage FR is a treat as well. At a time when many would rather ride a trail bike than a DH bike because of the versatility and fun they offer, the Voltage FR manages to maintain the playful feel of a trail bike while being able to tackle some of the gnarliest trails the French and Swiss Alpes had to offer. It also allows you to go near DH race speeds without having to work as hard. At about half the price of the Gambler it's bound to be a hit with bike park riders and non-enduro racing trail riders alike, and for that reason we're giving it two thumbs way up. The Voltage FR combined with a 180mm FOX 36 fork might just be the most fun DH(?) bike we've ridden in a long time.