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 2020 SCOTT Spark 930 trail bike 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. It features a trunnion-mount style not only promises greater small-bump sensitivity, but it also ramps up as more travel is used to prevent the 120mm shock from bottoming out. 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.
If both climbing and descending are a priority, and only one bike can do it, the 2019 SCOTT Spark 930 is the correct choice. It features a carbon frame and alloy swingarm, a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, a Fox 34 Rhythm fork, a Fox NUDE EVOL rear shock, and a Syncros Duncan 2.0 dropper seatpost. A Syncros X-25 to Formula hub wheelset is employed to keep the bike rolling ahead, Shimano MT501 brakes slow the party down when appropriate, and Syncros parts complete the bike. This iteration of the Spark 930 is available in four sizes (S-XL).
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