The 2021 SCOTT MTB Buyer's Guide Part 1 - Spark, Spark RC, & Scale

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on March 03, 2021

We have only just started to see 2021 SCOTT bikes trickle in, but we have fielded loads of questions about what’s changed for the new year. As such, we have rounded up some of the most important changes to the SCOTT mountain bike line for 2021 to help you figure out what bike is best for you.

Bear in mind that this covers just their cross-country mountain bikes (Spark, Spark RC and Scale).Want to learn more about 2021 SCOTT bikes? Check our our list below, including:

  • 2021 SCOTT Road Bikes and Gravel Bikes Buyer's Guide HERE
  • 2021 SCOTT Mountain Bikes Buyer's Guide HERE and HERE
  • 2021 SCOTT Contessa Women's Bikes Buyer's Guide HERE
  • 2021 SCOTT eRIDE eBikes Buyer's Guide HERE

SCOTT Spark

The 2021 SCOTT Spark feels as if it were designed for riding specifically in the Wasatch Range. Its combination of low weight, XC-like climbing ability, and stable descending make the Spark one of the most popular bikes in the shop. The 2021 Spark makes a small leap in build kits that make the bike a touch more trail-worthy, though it still maintains the downcountry fun the Spark is known for. SCOTT’s Twinloc suspension remote remains to help riders adapt to their trails. Spark is available in four sizes.

While previous years Spark models received a 120mm fork paired to a 120mm shock, the 2021 Spark features a new 130mm travel fork paired to a 120mm shock. This slackens out the head tube angle to 66.7 degrees and offers just a bit more grip and confidence on the descents.

Choose the SCOTT Spark as your all-arounder mountain bike. It's light enough to keep up with your cross country bike friends, but with a bit more suspension to offer confidence when things get chunkier.

Spark 900 AXS 2021 SCOTT Spark 900 AXS mountain bike The new for 2021 SCOTT Spark 900 AXS isn’t the top of the Spark line, but it still packed with technology. A SRAM GX-X01 AXS wireless drivetrain pairs to a 130mm Fox 34 Performance Elite fork and a 120mm Fox NUDE EVOL shock. A Syncros Silverton 1.0 CL, carbon wheelset offers up snappy acceleration while cutting down rotational weight.

Spark 920

SRAM GX Eagle has become a mainstay in the mountain bike world for its ease of use, ergonomic controls, and general performance. The 2021 SCOTT Spark 920 takes the GX Eagle drivetrain with it's new 10-52t cassette and pairs it to a HMF carbon frame, Fox 34 Performance 130mm fork, and Syncros components. We’re fans of the new blue frame color, which has just a touch of sparkle to it under light to make it feel special.

2021 Scott Spark 920

Spark 960

The 2021 SCOTT Spark 960 features the new Shimano Deore 12sp drivetrain with a Deore XT rear derailleur for reliable performance on the trail. It uses a lightweight alloy frame, 130mm Rockshox Judy TK Solo fork, and an X-Fusion NUDE shock. Paired to SCOTT’s Twinloc remote, the Spark allows you to tune the bike according to your trail.

2021 Scott Spark 960

SCOTT Spark RC

The 2021 SCOTT Spark RC is the winningest cross country mountain bike around. Part of that is progressive (for XC) geometry, low weight, and attention to detail that makes the Spark RC the Swiss brand’s best cross country mountain yet. park RC is available in four sizes and features the coveted Twinloc suspension system to adjust the suspension at the flip of a switch.

While most cross country bikes have stuck steadfast to 100mm suspension front and rear, the 2021 Spark RC sees a new 110mm fork at just about every model. Further, most models receive the new Rockshox SID fork with its stiff 35mm stanchions to improve cornering performance without adding weight.

Choose the Spark RC if you're looking for one of the lightest full-suspension mountain bikes around. With a bump in suspension travel, manages to both be responsive to rider feedback while having the chops to tear up the descents.

Spark RC 900 World Cup The 2021 SCOTT Spark RC 900 World Cup is once again offered in two models: one with SRAM X01 and another with SRAM XX1 AXS electronic shifting. SRAM Level TLM brakes offer lightweight and excellent modulation. Lightweight carbon wheels and a Syncros Fraser iC SL integrated bar and stem combo set this bike apart.

Spark RC 900 Pro

Dirty whites never looked as good as they do with the 2021 SCOTT Spark RC 900 Pro. Take a full Shimano XTR M9100 drivetrain, add in lightweight alloy wheels and a carbon frame and swingarm, and you have a bonafide race bike that's surprisingly fun to shred. The addition of the new Rockshox SID fork means a stiffer fork without any extra weight. It might just be the pick of the bunch for its beautiful white on matte black paint.

2021 Scott Spark RC 900 Pro

SCOTT Spark RC Comp 2021 SCOTT Spark RC Comp mountain bike If the Spark RC 900 SL and the World Cup are the dream bikes, the 2021 SCOTT Spark RC 900 Comp is the one that brings their performance to the masses. It uses a full carbon frame and swingarm, and pairs it to a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain. It features a Fox 32 Rhythm fork with 110mm travel, more than enough for a lightweight ride like the Comp.

SCOTT Scale

2021 SCOTT Scale 925 toptube Few bikes have proved their mettle on the cross country course better than the SCOTT Scale. And with so much already right with the Scale, SCOTT saw fit to keep the Scale the lightweight, responsive hardtail that it is. 29er wheels, the choice of a lightweight carbon or alloy frame, and sharp handling set the Scale apart from the pack. Scale is available in four sizes.

Choose the SCOTT Scale if you're looking for a lightweight XC hardtail for your next race or as a responsive option on flowing singletrack.

SCOTT Scale 940 2021 SCOTT Scale 925 mountain bike Aspiring racers and weekend warriors alike will appreciate the HMF carbon frame of the 2021 SCOTT Scale 940. The Rockshox Judy TK Silver fork offers smooth performance and great durability, while the Shimano SLX-XT drivetrain offers slick shifting and wide-range gearing, ideal for your next race or singletrack climb.

Have any questions about 2021 SCOTT mountain bikes, or about SCOTT bikes in general? Give us a call during business hours or send us an email any time to info@contenderbicycles.com.


4 comments

  • Russ,

    As far as I know, SCOTT doesn’t have anything specifically on pressing in bottom brackets. Rule of thumb is to use grease with an alloy frame. You can use grease with a carbon frame and press fit bb to make it slide in more easily.

    With my SCOTT Spark, we greased the bb cup and frame and pressed each side in slowly. No issues since.

    You can add a retaining compound applied to the bb shell and the bottom bracket will help keep the bb in place instead of grease, but the PF92 bottom bracket standard has been very reliable without it.

    Alvin - Contender Bicycles on

  • When replacing a PF Bottom Bracket on the Scale, should you use any type of compound /paste etc. Feels like there is much opinion but little definite direction from Scott on this.

    Russ on

  • Clive,
    we are just a single bike shop in Utah, but we can help you out a bit to find dealers near you. 

    We hopped on the SCOTT bikes dealer locator and found two shops on Long Island:
    -Sayville Bike Works
    -Brands Cycle and Fitness
    Then there are a few in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. Best of luck out finding a local SCOTT dealer, Clive!

    Alvin - Contender Bicycles on

  • What dealers on LI New York sells Scott mountain bikes

    Clive Anthony on

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