The new Scott Spark 900 RC has made waves for it’s low weight, progressive suspension tuning, and surprising handling abilities. Few cross country bikes have such a precise and confidence-inspiring ride as this does, and it comes from years and years of development in the lab and out racing. For 2018, Scott have brought these impressive qualities to a more accessible price point, in the form of the 2018 Scott Spark RC 900 Comp. It extends those same brand values and qualities to those who don’t want to spend for carbon fiber.
To achieve this lower price point, Scott have brought their engineering expertise to alloy. This means it utilizes the same design and geometry as its carbon siblings, down to similar tubing profiles, shock placement, and the TwinLoc remote. Aluminum simply cannot be manipulated in the exact same way as carbon fiber, but Scott have done an excellent job of ensuring that stiffness is similar across the board without sacrificing too much weight or ride quality. This is to ensure that the updated trunnion-mount rear shock performs as designed. It makes for excellent small-bump compliance, without a sacrifice in pedaling efficiency. Further, the Spark RC 900 Comp keeps the same pivotless swingarm for lower weight and greater rear-end stiffness. They pair this to their TwinLoc suspension remote lever, allowing riders to switch between three unique spring compression and damping settings (full travel, traction mode, lockout). TwinLoc is actuated by cleverly hidden cabling to give the bike a stealthy no-cable look to make for a faster, more efficient Scott Spark RC Comp.
The new 2018 Scott Spark RC 900 Comp not only shares technology with its carbon siblings, but it also shares its updated geometry: longer reach across the range, a slacker headtube, and shorter chainstays mimic the rest of the RC line. As such, few bikes match this in pedaling efficiency. Point it up a steep trail and the bike shoots forward with nary a complaint. Meanwhile, it’s no slouch when trails get tight and technical, and if anything this is where it proves its mettle as a serious cross country machine. Point it downhill, and the Spark RC Comp rewards riders with confident, predictable steering that neither feels too twitchy nor too slow. Above else, the bike is fast everywhere, ready to tackle even the most technical cross country courses.
Scott mountain bikes have always been about excellent frame design, but the 2018 Scott Spark RC 900 Comp comes with well-spec’d for the money. A SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed group brings a wide-range one-by shifter, while the Fox 32 Rhythm fork and Fox Float Performance rear shock work wonders in smoothing out terrain. A Syncros XR 2.5 29er wheelset, with a Syncros bar/stem/seatpost/saddle keep weight down and durability high. The Spark RC Comp is available in four sizes (S-XL), in a black and orange colorway with grey accents.
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