Nico Vink’s Custom Scott Gambler | GMBN Pro Bikes

Nico Vink’s Custom Scott Gambler | GMBN Pro Bikes


– Welcome back you beautiful people,
and today I’m up here in the French Alps,
in the Chatel Mountain Bike Park.
What brings me here is this bike.
Nico Vink’s Scott Gambler,
it’s his 2018 rig,
and it’s got a little bit of a twist,
which we will dive into.
Like always, I love to start
with the heart of the bike,
and this is the frame.
This is the Scott Gambler,
it’s a 2018 frame.
I love the color way.
I like how he’s representing
Chatel Bike Park right here,
where he lives and bases
himself throughout the season.
This is a medium frame,
but I do love this Ohlins rear shock.
The gold and the yellow, it
just looks mean and looks keen.
And then, the spring.
This rear shock is the Ohlins rear shock.
And the spring he’s running
on this is a 480 spring.
So, higher the number,
the harder the spring.
And 480’s pretty hard
because he tends to go
pretty big on some jumps,
and he doesn’t wanna sag
and lose all that pop.
So, that’s the frame.
Let’s move to the back.
So what this frame offers
is a number of settings
that you can change,
depending on how you ride.
On the rear, you can
run it a long rear end,
or a short rear end.
And on the front,
you have this flip chip
on this rear shock,
and what that means is you
can set your BB high or low.
Nico has his set at high up
the front and really short,
and what this gives him is,
it makes the bike a lot more maneuverable
out there on the trail.
Also, by running it high and short,
it’s quite unique
because he is still running a
26 inch wheel, front and rear.
Right, moving on to this drive train,
there’s a super unique
bit of kit on this bike,
’cause he’s not running gears,
but I’ll show you that in a second.
Gonna move to the front.
And on the front, he’s
got these Hope crank arms,
in black at 165 mill.
And he’s got these nice
Hope F20 pedals in silver.
Some aggressive pins in there
to keep his feet on those pedals
when he’s riding that rough
stuff out here in Chatel.
Now he’s running a 36-tooth
chain ring up the front,
but I love these Hope bash
ring guards on his chain ring.
Kind of cool, you don’t have
to run a secondary bash guard
to protect that chain.
He’s got a nice slick guard
here to keep his chain intact
on those rough sections.
Now, moving to the rear.
This is the one speed.
It’s not even a derailer,
it’s a tensioner.
This is the SB1.
Vink has got his name on it.
So, they did a little
special thing for him,
a little gift, they sent this out to him.
They etched his name
right on this tensioner,
it’s pretty cool, it’s pretty unique,
you can set it to whatever
size sprocket you’ve got
on the back, to get the right gearing
for when he is riding.
Right, let’s talk about
the rubber on this bike.
Now, this is a Schwalbe Magic Mary.
It’s a 2.35 tire.
It’s a well-used tire, to say the least,
because, in the middle, there’s
not much magic goin’ on.
But, there is a nice tread
on the side of this tire,
which is key,
because that means you still
got grip in the corners,
but then you got high-rolling tire
in the middle on the straights.
Let’s move to the front.
Same wheel build-up, the front,
but that’s laced to a silver hub.
Rubber, there’s a lot
more magic up the front.
This is a Schwalbe Magic Mary.
A lot more grip there.
But you do need that grip up the front,
because this is where
you’re driving the bike
in the direct you want it.
So, you want to get as much
grip on the front wheel.
Doesn’t really matter about the rear.
That can just be skitting everywhere.
It’s pretty cool, this
expansion fork up the front.
There’s a lot of technology in this thing.
It’s got that TDX cartridge
system built into this.
It’s pretty unique.
You’ve got your independent
air spring system.
You’ve got your independent
dampening system.
You can run at 160 or 200 mill.
He’s running at 200 mill.
You’ve got your rebound
setting at the bottom.
Then you got your high speed
and low speed compression
on the front.
And the best thing about this,
you got two air chambers.
One on the bottom and one at the top.
Air’s pretty unique, and
it’s pretty cool to see
Ohlins on the market.
One thing I wanna point out,
look how big this gap is
when he’s running a 26-inch wheel.
The great thing about these forks
is you can run any size wheel.
So, 29, 27.5 or 26.
24, mmm, nah.
Right now, the cockpit of the bike,
where he keeps his bike in control
out there on the trail,
super aggressive.
And I’m gonna start right in the middle.
This is the Hope Direct Mount Stem.
It’s a 50 mill stem,
and that’s holding these
reverse bars in place.
Now, these are his signature bars,
and they’re pretty cool,
’cause he had a lot of
input into these bars,
’cause they are his signature bar.
So, that is a 48 mill rise in the bar,
and then it’s got a nine
degree sweep on the bar,
so it’s pretty cool, pretty unique.
He had a lot of input into these bars.
You can buy these things out of the box,
they come at 810 mill.
He’s got them at 790.
Also, another signature bit
on the bar, is these grips,
these are reverse grips.
Nico Vink.
And it’s got his name etched
on the bar ends there.
Pretty cool.
I do like this setup.
Look how clean it is.
There’s no shifter on this bike,
just two braided hoses leading
to these Hope V4 brakes,
which are four-part super
aggressive 203 mill rotors.
So, there’s a lot of
stopping power out there.
But, I do like the cleanness of this.
Must come from his BMX background.
Right, to top it off,
is this reverse Vink signature
saddle and seat post combo,
and it’s pretty cool
because I can see his
BMX background coming out
when they asked him to design a saddle,
because it’s pretty cool.
It’s small, it’s compact.
It doesn’t get in the
way, and it’s quite short.
And that means you don’t get tire buzz
when you jump a big jump and
you go a little bit too deep,
and you get that little
buzz on the saddle.
You won’t get it with this,
because it’s quite short and compact.
Welcome back, Nico.
It’s good to have you back on the channel,
with another pro bike,
and that’s a 2018 rig.
But, I’ve got two
questions I gotta ask you.
– Mmmhmm.
– Okay, first one.
Still 26-inch wheels?
– [Nico] Yeah, I kinda stuck to 26
because I like the
maneuverability of the bike.
– [Blake] Yeah.
– I’m not racing, I’m not
trying to be the fastest.
I like to play a route.
– Yeah.
– And I don’t know, it just
gives me that little extra
twist and tweak here and there.
– Yeah
I like it.
– I’m used to it.
– Yeah, yeah.
Are you gonna try 27.5?
– I’ve ridden it on my
trail bike and stuff.
– Ah.
– And I don’t mind it, but,
sometimes I feel just like–
– Yeah, it’s a bit big.
– [Nico] Yeah.
– I’m running 27.5.
I kinda notice it going
from my dirt jump bike
to a big wheel, it’s a bit bigger.
– Yeah.
– Right, this next question,
which I kinda saw straight away,
because they’re both the same bikes.
2018.
– Mhmm.
– 2018.
But, they’re totally different,
and it’s this linkage.
This linkage is totally
different to that linkage.
This is a previous linkage.
– Yeah, I’m still running the old linkage.
The bike’s designed more
and more for racing.
– Hmm.
– So, if I would be racing,
I would probably run that linkage.
– Yeah.
– But, I got a very specific riding style,
and this linkage suits
my type of riding more.
– Okay.
– I like hitting big jumps.
I like overshooting bike park tables.
I like landing flat.
– Yeah.
– So, it just gives me the opportunity
to ride a lower spring
rate, but it feels stiffer.
– Yeah.
– So.
– That’s quite a big shock in that.
– [Nico] Yeah, it’s a 260.
– And that ones a 240.
– 240.
– This next one.
– Mhmm.
– I have never seen
these forks in the flesh.
– [Nico] Mhmm.
– Man, they look super cool
and clean, all black stealth.
I like ’em.
There’s two chambers in these things.
I would get confused.
So, how much pressure
do you run in the top,
and how much pressure do
you run in the bottom,
and what is that all about?
– For now, right here,
we’re riding a bike park.
– Yeah.
– So, I’m running 125 PSI up top.
– Yep.
– And 225 in the lower chamber,
which is pretty hard already,
but I like the hard setup.
And running a higher pressure lower down
makes it more progressive,
so it supports your big hits,
and it keeps it kinda plush on top.
– Keeps them plush on top.
Nice.
– That’s kinda
– Then you got your low speed
and high speed compression right here,
and that’s all set up to your liking.
– Yeah, it is.
I think, right now, it’s fully opened.
– Okay.
– I opened it today.
I’m still messing around with it.
– Yeah.
– I only got the fork 3 weeks ago?
– Oh wow, so it’s super fresh.
– Yeah.
– So you still get, yeah.
So, a lot of people
think about the freerider
when it comes to suspension setup.
They just make it hard.
– Mmhmm.
– Make it fast, just
make it super progressive
and super stiff,
just because they’re
hitting these big jumps.
But, you’ve been testing
this for three weeks now,
and have you noticed a lot more change?
Do you change it from terrain?
So, you’re riding bike park here,
then you go somewhere else,
do you go and change that,
for that to suit that terrain?
– I definitely change my
suspension quite often.
For example, I received the fork
for my event two weeks
ago, or three weeks ago.
Royalfest.
And for that kind of riding,
we run super-firm suspension.
So, all we need there
is a solid suspension,
super hard for casing
over jumping, pumping and all that stuff.
Now, we’re in Chatel bike park
and it’s high season,
there’s bumps, you ride roots, rocks,
different kinds of terrain.
– Yeah.
– So you soften it up for sure.
– Yeah, yeah.
– And if I would go
downhill riding in Champery,
or different places,
I’d play around with it.
– Ah.
Bit of low tech.
– [Nico] Fired.
(laughing)
– [Blake] There is no
magic in that Magic Mary.
– No.
– You’ve been skidding a lot.
– Yeah.
– You’ve been shroping.
– I’ve been on the brakes
a bit too much I think.
– Yeah.
But there’s still magic here
and that’s what matters.
– Yeah.
I do think it’s time for a tire change,
but I’ve just been lapping the bike park.
– Yeah.
– Not being worried too much
about the rubber.
– No, exactly.
(laughing)
Well-used tire, well-used bike.
Thank you so much, man.
– Thank you.
– For another pro bike.
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– Yeah, I will.
– We’ll see on the next one.

80 thoughts on “Nico Vink’s Custom Scott Gambler | GMBN Pro Bikes”

  1. The bike just looks out dated. Scott should redesign it soon as it is no where near the Santa Cruz V10, or the Canyon Sender or most other downhill bikes.

  2. Nico Vink is INSANE~ Such a bad ass rider as well as a bad ass trail builder. He's a living legend in the sport and one of my all time fav riders~

  3. So cool to see a pro bike that s the opposite of mint. Scratches, dents, no tread on the tire, really cool to see one that s used so much!

  4. One of Nico's biggest fans !! … Super chilled dude … wish all riders on earth could be nice to other riders , like he is

  5. The Gambler is one of the nicest and well designed DH bikes I’ve worked on. Well made, smooth suspension and big bearings. It’s all designed to work and work well. If only I could afford one… or actually ride DH.

  6. Dude Nico is the shit – he knows whats up and how the Industry has moved away from a true dirt jump style build. Well done my man 26 aint dead!

  7. #askgmbn
    Hey Guys, I've just ordered myself the new Cube Hanzz 190 Race, which ist why I'm already planning how I can get everything out of it.
    As it comes with an on-the-fly adjustable travel up front of 160-180 I wonder If I could make it an Enduro Bike by buying a second shock to bring it down to lockable 170 in the back.
    The current one is 222*70. What do you think?
    Will a 216*63 shock make my new bike an enjoyable enduro bike?
    Maybe offset bushings to lift my bottom bracket?
    As I'm living in a van, I can't have all the bikes I want. Having a 200mm fork for real downhill action also sounds like a good option to me.
    I'd be stoked to hear from you guys.
    Keep shredding to all of you.
    Daniel

  8. Hi guys! love this channel ive been wanting to get into mountain biking over the last month and next week I'm planning on buying a Bike to do so!

    Im getting a bike but i want to know is front chain rings or 3 ok and which is also good for general use (riding to from work??)

    Im planning to go with giant, jsut not sure which model will suit general needs as wel las a good beginner track bike?

  9. #askgmbn Hi guys! I have a bit of a jumping problem. I am always landing on my front wheel. Do you have any tips? Thanks anyway.

  10. Suprised how light that spring is… wonder how much he weighs. I have to run a 525-550lb spring. I also weight 180lb.

  11. Do 26inch wheels save you any weight or make it easier to maneuver a bike in the air? And why are your berms so smooth looking? You must get more rain?

  12. It seems like a pretty dialed in bike. The guy knowns what he is doing and he doesn't do the mainstream stuff. He is combining what works for him, the best of old school like 26" wheels and singlespeed with the best of the new tech like highly developed fork and frame. Awesome review!

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