1. Frame: Scott Spark 700, carbon
frame, 27.5-inch wheels, 120mm rear
travel with remote lockout for both
the front and rear suspension.
“It’s an awesome bike. It’s super light.
It’s really smooth. It’s the perfect bike for
2. Fork: DT-Swiss XMM OPM, 100mm
“It’s brand new. It’s a new carbon fork.
It’s super light, and it works really well.”
3. Shock: DT-Swiss X 313 Carbon.
4. Derailleur: SRAM XX1.
5. Brakes: SRAM XX1.
6. Shifter: SRAM XX1.
7. Chain: SRAM XX1.
8. Cassette: SRAM XX1,
10-42 teeth, 11 cogs.
9. Handlebar: Ritchey WCS Carbon 2X
flat bar, 5-degree sweep.
“The WCS Carbon 2X bar is two bars in
one: select 5 millimeters of rise or drop by
simply flipping the bar upside down while
maintaining a 5-degree sweep.”
10. Headset: Ritchey SuperLogic
11. Grips: Ritchey WCS Truegrip.
12. Crankset: SRAM XX1.
13. Chainring: SRAM XX1, 36 teeth
“The 36-tooth in front is the perfect
choice for me.”
Scott Spark 27. 5
14. Pedals: Ritchey WCS V4 clipless
15. Seatpost: Ritchey WCS Link
16. Saddle: Ritchey WCS Vector Evo
17. Wheelset: DT Swiss XRC tubular
carbon, 27.5-inch wheels.
“What’s really special with my bike are
the tubular wheels. I always ride the 27.5-
inch wheel size. For me, it’s the perfect
“First, it’s really cool; we have two
awesome bikes,” Nino says of his
cross-country racing quiver. “With
the full-suspension and the hardtail,
I have always the option—whatever
course it is—what bike I want to
choose. It depends how bumpy the
course is. If you have a lot of pedal
sections where the course is bumpy
and you want to sit where you have
to pedal, you use the full suspension.
If it’s more of a smooth course with
a lot of climbing, I’m going for the
hardtail; it’s lighter and a little bit
stiffer.” Nino was racing the Scott
Spark the weekend we met up with
him, so that’s the bike he wanted to