2020 SCOTT Spark RC 900 World Cup AXS. It’s a mouthful and definitely in contention for the longest name for a bicycle in the industry currently. Why the long name? It delineates how excellent of a cross-country mountain bike this really is. Spark World Cup is a distinction only a select group of bicycles can carry, and the addition of SRAM Eagle AXS makes this one of the fastest, most technologically-advanced bikes around.
The Spark RC World Cup is based around a lightweight HMX carbon frame that allows the complete bike to weigh in at just 22.71 lbs. This is paired to the Spark’s trunnion-mount rear shock and pivotless swingarm, which combine to give the Spark plush suspension feel for an XC race bike and a strong pedaling platform. Once speeds pick up and the corners tighten up, long overall reach and the just-right 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.
SCOTT’s TwinLoc suspension remote lever makes an appearance here as well, which allows the bike to change between three unique suspension settings (full travel, traction mode, lockout) based on terrain. Traction mode is an XC-racer’s dream; use TwinLoc to switch into traction, and seat tube angles steepen, an air chamber in the shock closes, and bottom bracket height increases to make for a properly efficient race machine.
A complete 2020 SCOTT Spark RC 900 World Cup AXS is based around the same HMX carbon frame that Nino Schurter rides. An SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS wireless electronic groupset is used throughout, while the SRAM Level TLM brakes ensure consistent stopping power. RockShox offers up their SID Ultimate RLC3 fork, and a RockShox NUDE RLC3 rear shock makes for an efficient pedaling platform. Syncros provides their ultralight Fraser iC SL Carbon integrated bar and stem, as well as their Duncan SL seatpost, Belcarra Regular 1.0 saddle, and Syncros Silverton 1.0 CL full carbon wheels. The Spark RC 900 World Cup AXS comes in four sizes (S – XL).
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