Let’s imagine for a moment the ideal cross country mountain bike. It wouldn’t be too flashy, but it would have one of the best performing frames on the market. The parts have to be quality, but must have a reasonable cost should they need to be replaced. This cross country bike needs to be an efficient climber, but cannot sacrifice climbing ability for stability on descents. Low weight is key, but it should absolutely feel solid everywhere. Put all of those attributes together, and immediately the Scott Spark RC 900 Pro comes to mind.
Scott use their lightest HMX-SL carbon to bring frame, shock, and hardware to just 1799 grams, lighter than just about anything else on the market by several hundred grams. Further, a complete bike weighs in at a measly 20.94 lb (size medium). They achieve this staggeringly low weight thanks to a trunnion-mount rear shock. This mount not only makes for a much more sensitive rear shock, but the carbon rocker link makes the bike feel like it has much more travel than 100mm, as it ramps up to resist bottoming out. It also means the rear swingarm is pivotless, which cuts weight and improves stiffness and reliability. Scott pair this new suspension setup to their TwinLoc suspension remote lever, which allows the bike to change between three unique suspension settings (full travel, traction mode, lockout) based on terrain. The two-bar linkage design, along with TwinLoc and that low weight make for a uniquely efficient machine that climbs with stunning speed.
It’s definitely one thing for a company like Scott to tout new technologies, but it means nothing if there aren’t results; we are happy to say that with the Scott Spark RC 900 Pro, the results are obvious. Take it on a steep climb up the trail, and seemingly combines the great climbing ability of a hardtail mountain bike with the compliance of a full suspension bike. Once speeds pick up and the corners tighten up, longer overall reach and the slack 68.5 degree head tube angle mean the Spark RC SL feels none of the nervousness that lesser cross country mountain bikes fail to avoid. It really is surprising the amount of speed the bike carries all over the place; the Spark RC Pro rewards the rider for uphill effort with balance, precision, and rider confidence.
A complete 2019 Scott Spark RC 900 SL is spec’d just as a modern classic should be. Shimano XTR 1×12 is used throughout, while the Shimano XTR M9100 brakes ensure consistent stopping power. Fox provides their 32 Stepcast Float Factory fork, and their NUDE Kashima-coated rear shock makes for an efficient pedaling platform. Syncros provides their ultralight Fraser iC SL Carbon integrated bar and stem, as well as their Syncros SL seatpost, XR 1.0 SL saddle, and Syncros Silverton 1.0 SL CL full carbon wheels. The Spark RC 900 SL comes in four sizes (S – XL).
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