Scott is making their first venture into women’s specific plus bikes with the new 2017 Scott Contessa Spark 710 Plus. It all starts with a lightweight, HMF carbon frame, alloy swingarm, and Boost front and rear thru-axles. This wide Boost axle spacing allows for a wider shock mount to accommodate the bike’s vertical rear shock, shedding grams off of traditional horizontal rear shock construction. The Boost axle and vertical shock design also allow for more stroke length, with the rear Nude Trunnion shock having 120mm of travel to help you confidently stay in control and accelerating on rough trails. It is the Plus bike’s wider frame and fork that allow it to accommodate the bike’s fat, 2.8″ wide 27.5″ tires, giving it more traction and less rolling resistance leading to more speed on the trails.
Both the Fox 34 Float fork with 130mm of travel and the rear Nude Trunnion shock uses a cable actuated handlebar remote and TwinLoc technology to easily switch between three travel modes. The bike also features a Fox Transfer dropper seatpost to better position you on descents, giving you more control and more confidence at higher speeds. A Shimano XT 2×11 Drivetrain gives you plenty of options when tackling climbs, and the bike uses lightweight but powerful Shimano XT Disc Brakes to help you slow things down and steer with precision. Finishing off the bike are Syncros Tubeless Ready Rims with Maxxis Rekon tires for monster grip under any type of trail condition.
With a women’s specific geometry, the bike won’t have female riders stretching to reach the handlebars, and it also keeps them lower in the saddle. The overall geometry of the bike uses a lower stack and standover height with short chainstays. A bit of slack in the head angle and the bike’s slightly steeper seattube will help put you directly over the pedals and in the perfect position for efficiently transferring power for quick acceleration. Overall, the bike is designed to keep you long and low, without stretching, helping you to generate maximum power with total control for a fun day on the trails.
The 2017 Scott Contessa Spark 710 plus is available in three sizes, Small – Large. It features a Black and Green frame with Yellow accents.