The Voltage FR hit the market probably as one of the most versatile bikes we will ever see.
Here at BBB we've had all manner of Voltage FR built up to suit all manner of riders and trails. From our original 2010 Fr10 frame only bikes built up either as Whistler park bikes with 40 RC2's forks, DHX RC4 rear shocks, Fr2350 wheels or as sub 30lb Squamish shuttle bikes with 36 float 160's, RP23 and EX1750 wheels and 450mm seatposts to give a full pedal height post with full DH drop, the bikes were simply amazing.
The incredibly planted new (2013) Gambler is yet another uber adjustable bike from Scott and it like to charge hard and go fast.
We've had a thing for the Voltage FR since first roding them and after a chairlift chat at crankworx with Ben Walker the DH product manager at Scott USA about building a 27.5 DH voltage, he suggested he'd see what he had left.
Happily he managed to find a 2012 Voltage Team DH frame and sent it over for a target 27.5 build.
So, thanks to Fox for the 40 float 27.5, some custom offset shock mounts, long rear IDS dropouts and a bunch of parts from Gravity and hubs and rims from DT.. the project was realised.
The motivation for 27.5 was simply after riding the new generation Genius 700. The wheel size made perfect sense for the riding here and those subtle differences from 26 all seemed to align to be a benefit for teh riding our bikes are put through in the Sea-to-sky corridoor.
So, 27.5 Voltage DH seems to work plenty well on the bike park with the lighter weight being a huge plus.. however its no suprise that Scott launced their 2015 DH lines with 27.5 wheels in mind.