We rode as well as wrote about the Scott Bettor 10 for the 2013 Bible Of Bike Tests, and we liked it (See? Here's that review.). As a matter of fact, we liked it so much to ensure that we needed to make certain we liked it as long as we did. A minimum of that was our reason for getting even more trip time aboard the Casino player. We had one delivered as much as Whistler for some bike park bashing throughout the summertime.
The Gambler is flexible as well as we did experiment with the settings to find a balance. Both modifications either make the bottom bracket higher or reduced and the back side much shorter or much longer; they don't extend the reach of the bike, which is exactly what we really desired. Our trial design really did not included the needed adjustable headset mugs that retail versions do, something that we would have delighted in fettling with to steepen the headangle a touch without changing the lower bracket or bar elevation (things that occur if you turn the chip on the shock install or adjust the amount of stanchion in the fork crowns).
The Bettor we were sent out came with a 275-pound springtime on a Fox DHX RC2 back shock, something that appeared we should change right away. I weigh 76KG (absolutely not portly) and also I was blowing via the traveling all also conveniently (something that resulted in a ruined chain guide taco on the first lap). This weight of springtime could suit lighter cyclists, yet it wasn't enough for our demands. Once swapped out for a 350-pound spring, points became much, far better. The bike was able to sit up in its traveling, not drag its base (brace) on the ground or lose the front wheel someplace into next week.
The Scott Gambler 10 is slack. As well slack, maybe, for some riders. When you are speaking about the capacity to readjust the head angle from 63 to 62 degrees, you know you're in Slackland. To not simply take pleasure in, yet to really manage a bike like this, you need to commit to such geometry. Much less seasoned cyclists may battle with such angles, however, the Bettor had not been truly made for inexperienced riders.
Specialized built the Condition II from scratch to suit a details price range. Despite the fact that the Standing is Specialized's 'budget bike,' it could conveniently be an additional firm's front runner model. With sleek, basic lines, a proven suspension platform as well as strong develop, this bike ruins the Demonstration 8 from five years back. If you're still unconvinced of the Standing' burly credentials, consider this reality: Darren Berrecloth picked a Status as his gear of option for his line of death-defying drops at the 2012 Red Bull Rampage near Virgin, Utah.
150-millimeter rear-end spacing, we were a little surprised to see 135-millimeter spacing. However, the Condition II still won the hearts of all our testers, rate be damned.