For just about anyone looking to get into mountain biking, the amount of variation, choice, and price ranges can scare just about anyone. With a myriad of wheel sizes, frame geometries, and features, never have the options been more comprehensive to tailor a bike to a specific riding style. Even between cross country and trail mountain bikes, variation is everywhere. For those looking for simplicity, and a bike that descends as well as it climbs, the 2019 Scott Contessa Spark 920 is supremely capable in everything from serious cross country races to more technical singletrack.
Someone responsible with the development of this generation’s Scott Spark said that it was developed with cross country DNA, but bred amongst trail bikes. This shows immediately in the bike’s new rocker design. Instead of being mounted along the top tube, the new shock mounts along the seat tube to a beefed up bottom bracket. This trunnion-mount style not only promises greater small-bump sensitivity, it also ramps up as more travel is used to prevent the 120mm shock from bottoming out. Scott have also included a women’s-specific suspension tune that is designed with lighter-weight riders in mind. A pivotless alloy swingarm cuts weight, and improves reliability and further stiffness out of the saddle.
Scott also adds their TwinLoc suspension remote lever, the ideal companion for ever-changing terrain. Co-developed with Fox, this lever toggles between three distinct suspension settings (open, traction, lockout), each with its own spring compression and damping settings to adapt the bike to any type of situation it might have in front of it. Add in a swap to a 44mm-offset fork and clearance for a 29 x 2.6” tire, and you have the makings for a truly versatile bike for a myriad of trails.
The ability to adapt might just be the calling card of the Scott Contessa Spark 920. The carbon frame and alloy swingarm means it features a slacker head tube angle, a steeper seat tube angle, shorter chainstays and a longer top tube. This puts the bike more in line with trail bike geometry, but thanks to clever design and the TwinLoc remote, it climbs with the efficiency of a traditional cross country bike. Point it down a mountain, however, and the Contessa Spark rewards the rider with predictable steering that isn’t nearly as twitchy as a purebred cross country bike. Out on the trail, it really does prove that the Spark blurs the line between cross country efficiency and trail rowdiness.
Make no mistake, if both climbing and descending are a priority, and only one bike can do it, the 2019 Scott Contessa Spark 920 is the correct choice. It features an alloy frame and swingarm, a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, a Fox 32 Rhythm fork, a Fox NUDE EVOL rear shock, and a Syncros 2.0 dropper seatpost. A Syncros X-25S/Shimano wheelset is employed to keep the bike rolling ahead, Shimano MT500 brakes slow the party down when appropriate, and Syncros parts complete the bike. This iteration of the Contessa Spark is available in three sizes (S-L).
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