BIKE TEST / SCOTT SPARK 900 ULTIMATE
Many of our test riders felt the Spark fit them well, and the cockpit
allowed us to toss the bike around with ease.
Climbing: At just 25. 4 pounds with pedals, the Spark is a
lightweight machine capable of flying up the hills. Our test riders
even found the suspension was well supported with the remote in
the open position; however, we usually climbed with the remote
On either side of the
Spark, just behind
the head tube, are
inlet ports for internal cable routing.
The Spark keeps all
of its cables from its
many controls neatly tucked away, and
a heat shrink-wrap
to further clean up
All in a thumb’s reach: Riders aboard the Spark can
quickly change the suspension settings and operate the
dropper post without taking their hands off the bars.
Cross-country to trail and back:
Scott built this Spark with two
personalities. The first one is with
the dropper post up and the suspension heavily damped, giving
the Spark a nice cross-country
feel. The second is when the seat
goes down and the suspension
opens up, allowing riders to get
rowdy on the descents.
pushed one click in to help dampen the suspension. The second
click of the remote offered an almost full lockout, which was great
for smooth climbs but was deemed unnecessary by our more
trail-oriented riders. All of our testers agreed that this bike was
lightning fast up the hills.
Cornering: The Spark has a trail-friendly geometry that makes
it feel more like a true trailbike than a cross-country machine.
We attributed this behavior to its short chainstays, 67.2-degree
head tube angle and short stem length. The Spark’s featherweight
frame allowed for quick maneuvers, and we found the suspension