An Ode to Nino Schurter: Custom SCOTT Spark RC World Cup AXS Build

We’re going to say it: more people ought to talk about the run Nino Schurter has had in the past ten years. With seven men’s cross-country world championship wins, six overall UCI World Cup wins, and a gold medal in the 2016 Olympics, Schurter’s dominant run is nothing short of legendary. More impressive is that he’s done it all on the SCOTT Spark. Think of this custom Spark RC World Cup build as just as much a dedication to Schurter’s prowess at the highest level as it is a cool bike build.

Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup SRAM XX1 AXS ENVE - Contender Bicycles

The build went as follows: the bike’s owner wanted something to replace their well-used cross-country bike, with something that could handle myriad riding conditions without sacrificing a lightweight feel or pedaling efficiency. The Spark RC and specifically this 2019 SCOTT Spark RC 900 World Cup N1NO Edition was the go-to. TwinLoc was imperative for them, as it gives the rider control over when and what part of the suspension is and isn’t locked out on the bike.

Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup XX1 AXS Detail - Contender Bicycles

With more discussion, they decided to add in a SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS groupset and Shimano XTR M9100 race brakes, and eventually the ENVE M525 to Industry Nine Hydra wheelset. The aim was low weight, but reliability and serviceability were essential to their needs.

Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup Custom Blip Shifter - Contender Bicycles

The trick piece here is the Rockshox Reverb AXS wireless dropper post and how it’s controlled. SCOTT mountain bikes already have the TwinLoc suspension remote on the bottom of the handlebar, precisely where a standard Reverb AXS lever would go. To rectify that, we went with a SRAM Blip button cut into an ESI grip, which made for a clean install that allows riders to control both the dropper and TwinLoc remotes at the same time. If it is good enough for Nino’s and Kate Courtney’s bikes, it is good enough for us.

Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup AXS Detail - Contender Bicycles

There are not a ton of ways to pay homage to riders as dominant as Nino Schurter. We think that this build does a good job of it out of the box. The best way to pay homage to Nino’s success is to go out and ride; good thing this bike’s owner plans to take this bike all over the world and cover it with dirt and grime. Custom Scott Spark 900 World Cup - Contender Bicycles

We had a ton of fun with the opportunity to build this bike. Contact us by phone during business hours, or send an email any time to info@contenderbicycles.com with any questions.

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George says
January 14th, 2020

How much does this Spark weigh?

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Zane Enders says
January 14th, 2020

Hi George,

This spark weighted in at ~23lbs with XTR pedals on our scale. Did you have any other questions about this bike?

Thanks,
Zane

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Robin Blomquist says
February 9th, 2020

Thanks for sharing your great build. Building a similar, at the same time I am not fully convinced to go with the Blip button (even if it’s sweet). Can I please ask you to share your thoughts if and what you did consider as an alternative to use the Blip? Over the bar twinlock?

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Alvin Holbrook says
February 10th, 2020

Robin,

Thanks for reaching out. A Rockshox Reverb AXS was non-negotiable for the build, and leaving the Twinloc lever under the bar was non-negotiable as well considering how often they were going to use that switch. That meant that the grip-blip option was the only clear way of doing it. The only change the owner has made has been to rotate the grip-blip option downward to keep it closer to the fingertips.

Alvin

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Robin Blomquist says
February 22nd, 2020

Thanks for your response! Similar situation here :) doing my build next week

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Allen M. says
April 28th, 2020

Hello,

I also have a scott Spark RC and would like to add a dropper post. I would prefer a cheaper cable dropper post instead of SRAM AXS. What type of lever would be best to not get in the way of the twinloc levers?

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Alvin Holbrook says
April 29th, 2020

The best way we would recommend is to use their native Syncros Twinloc lever that has a dropper lever built in to it, photo example HERE. This keeps everything in line and keeps a nice OEM look. We have these available to ship!

The other option is to use something like a Fox Transfer 2x/3x lever, photo HERE. It works similarly to the Twinloc dropper lever in action. We also can get these in.

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mathieu cazanove says
March 3rd, 2020

Hi

I’ve built a schurter replica for a friend, and the same question about the reverb trigger. We want to do the same with the blip button but can you explain where do you fix the blip box please?

Thanks

Mathieu

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Alvin Holbrook says
March 3rd, 2020

Mathiew,

We placed the blip box underneath the stem part of the integrated bar/stem. It isn't the most elegant way of doing it, but it's effective and allows for easy access to the blip box when necessary.

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