Scott Sports Prototype – Brendan Fairclough’s New DH Rig

26er Sea Otter Classic

Ben Walker from Scott Sports shows us Brendan Fairclough’s prototype Gambler DH with completely redesigned suspension. This bike is still very much under development so there isn’t a lot of specifics that Ben can share, but you can tell from looking at it that it is nothing like the current Gambler. Look for this bike on the Pro GRT race circuit!

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Brendan Fairclough Takes on Sea Otter Classic

Just over a week ago, SCOTT11 rider Brendan Fairclough contested the Dual Slalom, Speed & Style and Downhill events at the annual Sea Otter Classic. Here’s a little video recap of Brendan’s performance at the event:


While Brendan will admit that the Sea Otter course doesn’t suit his strengths, he’s still showing good form and will be a force on the World Cup DH circuit this season. The Sea Otter DH course tends not to be overly demanding, so Brendan opted for a 4X Voltage FR setup that worked for both the Dual Slalom and the DH.

“We brought Brendan to the Sea Otter so he could continue testing his prototype DH bike, and so that he can network with all of the US media,” said Adrian Montgomery. “He has quite a fan base here and with his likeability and style it makes sense to bring him over. Plus we’re still shooting video with him that will be released throughout the Summer. I’m stoked to have him on the Team.”

The Voltage FR is a very versatile bike with options for short travel using air shocks, or a longer travel coilover setup. From Park to Play, this bike gets it done.

For more info: www.scott-sports.com

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 14 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • Dan Morrison says:

    Did Scott give up on those tension rear shocks? Those things look slick as hell and really intriguing. The only problem is I’ve never seen a Scott bike ever.

  • ginsu says:

    Are all those linkages just to confuse you?! It is just a swingarm really. I guess they’ve gone the way of MotoGP, and have realized there really isn’t much you can do to get around chain growth, so they can only play with linkages on the shock now. Well, for about 10 minutes I thought it was a Full Floater. Oh well, much more boring than that.

    Although the linkage is confusing, it looks like it is simply a REALLY STEEP RISING RATE with some really nice initial small bump compliance.

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