2016 Scott Gambler 710 Bike (discontinued)

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2016/2017 Scott Gambler 710

Rating:
The Good:

Adjustability, Build spec

The Bad:

linkage system, wheels

Overall Review:

Right off the bat, one of the positive things that I loved about this bike was the adjustability of the geometry. You can adjust headset angle, chain stay length, and bottom bracket height. I found myself to prefer the short chain stay setting, at 63 degree head angle, in the low bottom bracket setting. This allowed the bike to be a little more lively and aggressive, however, If I were to race I would recommend the longer chain stay position. I also loved the component spec that came on the bike and never felt that I was looking for more out of the components aside from a stiffer more reliably rim. As I went through two of the stock syncross rims.

As far as the bike performance itself, it felt as if it had a point and shoot type mentality and was ready to head down whatever you pointed it

Overall Review:

Right off the bat, one of the positive things that I loved about this bike was the adjustability of the geometry. You can adjust headset angle, chain stay length, and bottom bracket height. I found myself to prefer the short chain stay setting, at 63 degree head angle, in the low bottom bracket setting. This allowed the bike to be a little more lively and aggressive, however, If I were to race I would recommend the longer chain stay position. I also loved the component spec that came on the bike and never felt that I was looking for more out of the components aside from a stiffer more reliably rim. As I went through two of the stock syncross rims.

As far as the bike performance itself, it felt as if it had a point and shoot type mentality and was ready to head down whatever you pointed it at. The bike did seem to be a little sloppy jumping out of corners and was not that playful, however, I felt the bike jumped better then I had expected. My complaint with the bike would be the linkage system that Scott uses. It seemed very linear, so having the float x2 rear shock, and tossing a bunch of volume spacers in there did allow for a more progressive feel, but with the limitation of spacers allowed in the new float x2 I still felt that the gambler blows through the bottom end of the stroke. Two other friends and myself, who have all had this bike found that it blows through the travel and doesn't feel very progressive. After a bunch of tuning to the air shock and adding spacers I got it to feel really good. However, with a coil I felt that it was easy to blow through the bottom half of the travel. I was running 30 percent sag with both the air and coil. However trying the air at 25 percent sag was a little harsh in small bump sensitivity, although it did help the bottom half of the stroke. This year they announced that they developed a more progressive linkage that you would be able to purchase so that will help. 

All in all I really enjoyed the bike and it pushed me to become a better rider, and with the new linkage update I feel it will be an all around more capable DH machine.

Specifications

Product Scott Gambler 710 Bike
Model Year 2016
Riding Type Downhill
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
Size Small
Top Tube Length 549.7mm
Head Tube Angle 63°, 63.7°
Head Tube Length 115mm
Seat Tube Angle 75.1/ 75.9
Seat Tube Length 406mm
Bottom Bracket Height 343mm
Chainstay Length 421.5
Wheelbase 1172.5mm
Standover 778.6mm
Reach 385mm
Stack 616.7mm
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b)
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details 6061 Hydroformed Aluminum
Rear Travel 210mm
Rear Shock FOX Float X2 Air
Fork FOX 40 RC2 FIT4 Factory 27.5
Fork Travel 203mm
Head Tube Diameter
Headset Syncros DH adjustable
Handlebar Syncros DH 1.5 35mm/20mm rise/ 800mm width
Stem Syncros DH 1.5 direct mount
Grips Syncros Pro DH dual lock on
Brakes Shimano Saint BR-M820
Brake Levers Shimano Saint
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters Shimano Zee SL-M640
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur Shimano Saint RD-M820-ss
ISCG Tabs Yes
Chainguide E.thirteen LG-1+ ISCG05
Cranks Shimano Saint FC-M825
Chainrings 36T
Bottom Bracket Shimano SM BB71-41A
Pedals N/A
Chain Shimano CN-HG54
Cassette Shimano CS-HG500-10 DH cassette
Rims DT Swiss FR570 27.5"
Hubs DT Swiss 350
Spokes DT Swiss Competition
Tires Schawable DH Evolution series Magic Mary 27.5x2.35"
Saddle Syncros DH 2.0
Seatpost Syncros FL 1.5
Seatpost Diameter 31.6
Seatpost Clamp
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 150x12mm
Max. Tire Size 2.5"
Bottle Cage Mounts no
Colors Purple/Black/Orange
Warranty yes
Weight
  • 36 lb 6 oz (16,499 g)
  • 36 lb 6 oz (16,499 g)
Miscellaneous
Price $6,999.99
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