In 2004, Scott introduced the now-ubiquitous Scott Spark cross country mountain bike. Over the years, it has changed with the times, changing from one hard-edged cross country mountain bike into five distinct lines, each with a defined use to better serve riders. One of these iterations is the 2018 Scott Contessa Spark 920, a women’s-specific bike that places one foot in the cross country race bike field, and another foot firmly in trail bike territory.
Years of development from Scott’s racing and research teams led to the cross country championship-winning package that is seen here. This starts with a revised trunnion-mount shock that cuts weight along the top tube, stiffens up the bottom bracket area, and above else makes the shock more linear across the range. Called a trunnion-mount shock, it allows for much greater small-bump sensitivity without sacrificing mid-travel support; further, it resists bottoming out toward the end of travel, making the bike feel like it has much more travel than 120mm might suggest. The updated shock design also allows for a much lower standover height across the range, perfect for even the shortest of riders. A pivotless alloy swingarm cuts weight, and improves reliability and stiffness out of the saddle. Scott also adds their TwinLoc suspension remote lever, the ideal companion for ever-changing terrain. This is due to its three distinct suspension settings (full travel, traction, full lockout) that set the bike up to be as efficient as it can be.
For as prodigious the Spark’s cross country pedigree is, it is interesting how well the 2018 Scott Contessa Spark 920 can combine climbing efficiency with descending prowess. Some of this ability is attributed to its light alloy frame and swingarm, maintaining a low weight of 28.6 pounds. Much of this ability can be attributed to updated geometry. Shorter chainstays and a steeper seat tube angle make the bike climb with greater verve, while a longer toptube and a slacker head tube angle retain a similar calmness and high-speed stability that other cross country bikes don’t have. It maintains a strong sense of calmness everywhere, leaving riders to be more confident in tricky maneuvers. This isn’t a long travel enduro bike by any means, but instead is a bike that is just at home on a tight cross country course as it is on technical singletrack.
The 2018 Scott Contessa Spark 920 is unique for its women’s-specific tailoring; it features a rear suspension tuned specifically for women (ie lighter individuals), and women’s-specific grips, saddle, handlebars, and stem. Besides that, it uses a Shimano Deore/XT 2×10 drivetrain, and pairs a 120mm Fox 32 Float Rhythm fork to a 120mm Fox Float EVOL rear shock. Syncros provides their Syncros X25-S 29” wheelset as well as a Syncros 2.0 dropper seatpost. It is available in three sizes (S-L), in a sky blue with royal blue and white accents.
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