The 2021 SCOTT MTB Buyer’s Guide Part 1 – Spark, Spark RC, & Scale

We have only just started to see 2021 SCOTT bikes trickle in, but we have fielded loads of questions about what’s changed for the new year. As such, we have rounded up some of the most important changes to the SCOTT mountain bike line for 2021 to help you figure out what bike is best for you.

Bear in mind that this covers just their cross-country mountain bikes (Spark, Spark RC and Scale).Want to learn more about 2021 SCOTT bikes? Check our our list below, including:

  • 2021 SCOTT Road Bikes and Gravel Bikes Buyer’s Guide HERE
  • 2021 SCOTT Mountain Bikes Buyer’s Guide HERE and HERE
  • 2021 SCOTT Contessa Women’s Bikes Buyer’s Guide HERE
  • 2021 SCOTT eRIDE eBikes Buyer’s Guide HERE


The 2021 SCOTT Spark feels as if it were designed for riding specifically in the Wasatch Range. Its combination of low weight, XC-like climbing ability, and stable descending make the Spark one of the most popular bikes in the shop. The 2021 Spark makes a small leap in build kits that make the bike a touch more trail-worthy, though it still maintains the downcountry fun the Spark is known for. SCOTT’s Twinloc suspension remote remains to help riders adapt to their trails. Spark is available in four sizes.

While previous years Spark models received a 120mm fork paired to a 120mm shock, the 2021 Spark features a new 130mm travel fork paired to a 120mm shock. This slackens out the head tube angle to 66.7 degrees and offers just a bit more grip and confidence on the descents.

Choose the SCOTT Spark as your all-arounder mountain bike. It’s light enough to keep up with your cross country bike friends, but with a bit more suspension to offer confidence when things get chunkier.

Spark 900 AXS

2021 SCOTT Spark 900 AXS mountain bike

The new for 2021 SCOTT Spark 900 AXS isn’t the top of the Spark line, but it still packed with technology. A SRAM GX-X01 AXS wireless drivetrain pairs to a 130mm Fox 34 Performance Elite fork and a 120mm Fox NUDE EVOL shock. A Syncros Silverton 1.0 CL, carbon wheelset offers up snappy acceleration while cutting down rotational weight.

Spark 920 2021 Scott Spark 920

SRAM GX Eagle has become a mainstay in the mountain bike world for its ease of use, ergonomic controls, and general performance. The 2021 SCOTT Spark 920 takes the GX Eagle drivetrain with it’s new 10-52t cassette and pairs it to a HMF carbon frame, Fox 34 Performance 130mm fork, and Syncros components. We’re fans of the new blue frame color, which has just a touch of sparkle to it under light to make it feel special.

Spark 960 2021 Scott Spark 960

The 2021 SCOTT Spark 960 features the new Shimano Deore 12sp drivetrain with a Deore XT rear derailleur for reliable performance on the trail. It uses a lightweight alloy frame, 130mm Rockshox Judy TK Solo fork, and an X-Fusion NUDE shock. Paired to SCOTT’s Twinloc remote, the Spark allows you to tune the bike according to your trail.


The 2021 SCOTT Spark RC is the winningest cross country mountain bike around. Part of that is progressive (for XC) geometry, low weight, and attention to detail that makes the Spark RC the Swiss brand’s best cross country mountain yet. park RC is available in four sizes and features the coveted Twinloc suspension system to adjust the suspension at the flip of a switch.

While most cross country bikes have stuck steadfast to 100mm suspension front and rear, the 2021 Spark RC sees a new 110mm fork at just about every model. Further, most models receive the new Rockshox SID fork with its stiff 35mm stanchions to improve cornering performance without adding weight.

Choose the Spark RC if you’re looking for one of the lightest full-suspension mountain bikes around. With a bump in suspension travel, manages to both be responsive to rider feedback while having the chops to tear up the descents.

Spark RC 900 World Cup

The 2021 SCOTT Spark RC 900 World Cup is once again offered in two models: one with SRAM X01 and another with SRAM XX1 AXS electronic shifting. SRAM Level TLM brakes offer lightweight and excellent modulation. Lightweight carbon wheels and a Syncros Fraser iC SL integrated bar and stem combo set this bike apart.

Spark RC 900 Pro 2021 Scott Spark RC 900 Pro

Dirty whites never looked as good as they do with the 2021 SCOTT Spark RC 900 Pro. Take a full Shimano XTR M9100 drivetrain, add in lightweight alloy wheels and a carbon frame and swingarm, and you have a bonafide race bike that’s surprisingly fun to shred. The addition of the new Rockshox SID fork means a stiffer fork without any extra weight. It might just be the pick of the bunch for its beautiful white on matte black paint.

SCOTT Spark RC Comp

2021 SCOTT Spark RC Comp mountain bike

If the Spark RC 900 SL and the World Cup are the dream bikes, the 2021 SCOTT Spark RC 900 Comp is the one that brings their performance to the masses. It uses a full carbon frame and swingarm, and pairs it to a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain. It features a Fox 32 Rhythm fork with 110mm travel, more than enough for a lightweight ride like the Comp.


2021 SCOTT Scale 925 toptube

Few bikes have proved their mettle on the cross country course better than the SCOTT Scale. And with so much already right with the Scale, SCOTT saw fit to keep the Scale the lightweight, responsive hardtail that it is. 29er wheels, the choice of a lightweight carbon or alloy frame, and sharp handling set the Scale apart from the pack. Scale is available in four sizes.

Choose the SCOTT Scale if you’re looking for a lightweight XC hardtail for your next race or as a responsive option on flowing singletrack.

SCOTT Scale 940

2021 SCOTT Scale 925 mountain bike

Aspiring racers and weekend warriors alike will appreciate the HMF carbon frame of the 2021 SCOTT Scale 940. The Rockshox Judy TK Silver fork offers smooth performance and great durability, while the Shimano SLX-XT drivetrain offers slick shifting and wide-range gearing, ideal for your next race or singletrack climb.

Have any questions about 2021 SCOTT mountain bikes, or about SCOTT bikes in general? Give us a call during business hours or send us an email any time to


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Zane Smith says
September 9th, 2020

Great article. The new Sparks look awesome, very cool color schemes too. Now just need to figure out how to get my hands on one.

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Alvin Holbrook says
September 9th, 2020

We have them here, and a bunch more are readily available for shipping from SCOTT.

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scott says
September 10th, 2020

whats available in medium?

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Alvin Holbrook says
September 11th, 2020

In 2021 Spark RC we have: Spark RC World Cup AXS, Spark RC World Cup, Contessa Spark RC World Cup, Spark RC Pro, Spark RC Comp, Contessa Spark RC Comp.

In 2021 Spark, we have Spark 900 Ultimate, Spark 900 AXS, Spark 910, Contessa Spark 910, Spark 920, Spark 930, Contessa Spark 930, Spark 950, Spark 960, and Spark 970. Take your pick, though we only have one or two of each available and going quickly.

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Tadeu Henrique Diniz says
September 9th, 2020

Simplesmente maravilhosas e com muita tecnologia.

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