Flow's First Bite: Scott Gambler 20

The not-so-minor details


Scott Gambler 20


Sheppards Cycles






More adjustability than T-1000.


There's a bit of heft to this one.


With a head angle slacker than a yokel’s jaw, the Gambler 20 is a serious gravity beast.
Scott Gambler 20-14
This is the first time we’ve been up close and personal with the new Gambler and it’s a pretty heavy duty piece of machinery. The Floating Link suspension system dominates the frame; the whopping 3.5″-stroke shock is housed centrally, in an arrangement that compresses the shock very directly, with a minimum of rotation at the DU bush that should increase durability and small bump compliance.
Scott Gambler 20-1
Adjustability was always a hallmark of the old Gambler platform and that trait continues with the new version too. Chain stay length, bottom bracket height and head angle are all independently adjustable – you can drop the head angle to an absurdly slack 60-degrees should you want to ride down a cliff.
gambler frames
The $4499 price tag nets you a very decent build kit, including FOX 40s and Van RC rear shock (dishing up 210mm travel), a Shimano Zee drivetrain and Shimano brakes. The Gambler 20 weighs in at 17.8kg, which is admittedly a smidge heavier than some of its competitors, but this is a bike designed to have plenty of gravity on its side.
We’ll be logging some summer shuttle runs on the Gambler soon.


The Gambler is a pure DH race bike. Every detail is fine-tuned for the needs of a racer to be fully pinned on any track with more control.
Adjustable geometry, centralized mass, IDS-X dropouts, a higher main pivot and the Floating Link suspension system are some of the features which enable this bike to give you every advantage. The balance of traction and support as well as a line holding chassis makes this the perfect tool for going fast.
The SCOTT Gambler 20 is a no compromises DH weapon with custom race tuned FOX Suspension and World Cup proven components. This bike comes with World Cup options like a lower and slacker geometry as well as a longer shock and a tweaked leverage ratio. The Gambler 20 will get you down the hill quickly and in style.
Frame: SCOTT Gambler Alloy 6061
Fork: Fox 40 O/V Performance, 203mm travel / Coil
Shock: FOX VAN RC Coil, 210mm
Group set: Shimano Zee
Brakes: Shimano Deore Disc
Parts: Syncros DH1.5
Wheels: Syncros FR32

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