Occasionally, we get people in the shop who value climbing much more than they do descending, and their choice in mountain bike reflects that. Almost always, those people use a full-suspension cross country mountain bike, built to be light and stiff, but not at all confidence-inspiring on descents. While the Scott Spark is more than capable at climbing with the best of those XC bikes, the 2019 Scott Contessa Spark 910 will surprise in its overall versatility.
Scott have stuck to a long-time Spark formula for success: keep the bike light, make it surprisingly capable, and make sure the bike feels faster than anything else. This starts with an HMF carbon fiber frame and alloy swingarm. Scott have reformed their shock setup with a trunnion-mount style that makes for a more sensitive and linear shock. A trunnion-mount shock necessitates a bigger bottom bracket area, which pays dividends in how quickly the bike climbs.
Combined with a lighter carbon rocker link, the bike features much better small-bump compliance, but it ramps up to resist bottoming out. 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. Flip between three unique suspension settings (full travel, traction mode, lockout) based on terrain, and the bike switches from a climbing machine to a bike ready to tackle technical trails. A new 44mm-offset fork keeps steering calm through fast descents, and clearance for a 29 x 2.6” tire makes the new Spark seriously versatile.
The purpose of the Scott Spark duality is to instil confidence all over the trail. Short chainstays keep the bike spry on steep climbs, exactly what the aforementioned riders wanted most. Scott then added greater reach to each frame size, a slack 67.2 degree headtube, a short stem, and long bars in an effort to make the bike more versatile. What this does is combine climbing prowess with calm steering for tricky descents. The steering can’t be called quick, but the Spark 910 will leave those traditionally descending-adverse riders to be more confident than they’ve ever been on descents; actually having fun instead of merely getting through it for the next climb. When that climb arrives, the Spark’s low 26.9 pound weight keeps climbing easy on the legs.
The Scott Spark 910 comes spec’d with a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain and Shimano SLX brakes. Fox provides their 34 Float Rhythm Air fork and their NUDE EVOL rear shock for ideal springiness and compliance. A Syncros 2.0 dropper seatpost allows for confident descending, while a Syncros Silverton 2.5 wheelset keeps the party moving. The 2019 Scott Contessa Spark 910 comes in three sizes (S – L).
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