BIKE TEST / SCOTT SPARK
Nino Schurter is one of the most recognizable names in mountain biking with his multiple Olympic podiums and perfect 2017 season on the World Cup circuit. With his
growing resume of wins and dominance in cross-country, he
is already one of the greatest racers in mountain bike history.
While most of his success is attributed to his dedication and
hard work, his Scott Spark RC 900 has helped him accomplish many of his goals. For 2018, Scott produced a replica
of the bike that Nino has been racing to give aspiring racers a
shot at their own personal glory. We put the Spark RC 900 to
the test on our home turf, hoping we could maybe, just once,
ride like Nino.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Scott Spark is currently available in various build and
travel options covering cross-country racing and trail riding.
The 900 was made purely for cross-country racing with 100
millimeters of front and rear travel and a very progressive
geometry. This machine comes with everything a dedicated
XC racer would want, including narrower tires and a remote
lockout for on-the-fly adjustments.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The Spark 900 spares no expense in terms of keeping the
overall weight down and pedaling efficiency high. Our test
bike has 100 millimeters of front and rear travel with 29-inch
wheels, plus a full-carbon frame and rear triangle. Scott uses
its higher-end HMX carbon layup that is lightweight but delivers a stiff ride. The frame has fully internal cable routing and a
BB92 bottom bracket shell.
Nino’s legs are not included
Balanced and fast: The
Spark RC 900 has a progressive geometry, rivaling
most modern trailbikes, and
delivering a ride that is fast
and efficient but balanced
and stable as well.