Three years of development in and out of the lab is no small feat for any research group, regardless of the amount of resources they might have, but that’s exactly what Scott did with the Spark. With years of development under elite cross country mountain bike riders like Nino Schurter and Jenny Rissveds, Scott have made the Spark into a true icon. Scott have revised their formula once again with the release of the Scott Spark RC 900 Team, a bike that promises elite cross country performance without the high cost of its more-endowed siblings.
The Scott Spark development formula was simple in idea: make a bike that is stiffer, faster, lighter, and better-handling. They started with rear shock positioning and an updated rear swingarm. The new trunnion-mount rear shock provides greater small bump compliance and smoother mid-stroke travel, while beefing up the bottom bracket at the same time. This leads to an overall lighter frame than the previous generation, which was already one of the lightest in its class. The new suspension mount also allowed Scott to use a pivotless asymmetric carbon swingarm, which is not only lighter and stiffer than before, but it becomes much more reliable and lower-maintenance. Scott pair their updated design to their TwinLoc suspension remote lever, allowing riders to adapt to terrain using three different suspension settings (full travel, traction mode, lockout). TwinLoc is actuated by cleverly hidden cabling to give the bike a stealthy no-cable look, which along with the low weight of a carbon HMF frame (24.5 lb complete) and a stiffer pedaling platform, make for a faster, more efficient Scott Spark RC Team.
Those exhausting years of Scott Spark development have led to an outstandingly capable cross country machine. Thanks to the updated design, Scott have shortened the chainstays to make it snappier out of the pedal; to make it a better handler, they’ve made the headtube more slack, and increased reach across the range. The results are nothing short of Olympic Gold-winning: for as fast as the Spark RC 900 Pro scampers up the trail, it descends with a calmness unlike any other cross country bike. These specific traits are thanks to a longer reach across the size range and a slacker headtube angle, both of which contribute to a more confident and precise descender. To be clear, this is no downhill bike, but it is surprising the amount of stability imbued in the bike both climbing and descending.
The Scott Spark RC 900 Team may not share the same price as its pricier siblings, but it is certainly equipped to perform at the very highest level. The SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain provides substantial gear range for a 1x drivetrain, while the Fox 32 Stepcast Performance fork and a Fox NUDE rear shock (100 mm each) keep your ride under control. The bike also features Boost spacing front and rear and a Syncros XR 2.5 wheelset. This bike is available in four sizes (S-XL), in a Black and White colorway with Red accents.
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