the brakes, the Spark was stable and balanced, feeling more like
a long-travel trail machine than a twitchy XC race bike. The
slack head angle didn’t make the front end feel sluggish or
slow when responding to commands from our test riders.
TRICKS, TIPS OR UPGRADES?
Remote lockouts can give racers a huge advantage on rolling terrain. Scott’s TwinLoc is
comfortably situated on the left side of the
handlebar and offers three positions.
The first clicks are easy to engage, but
the third requires a long throw that
doesn’t have a very ergonomic feel.
Scott could probably use two-position dampers on the
suspension and not lose any
performance while making the
TwinLoc more effective.
The build kit and component
choice make for an impressively
lightweight package for the price.
With a few key upgrades, though,
the Spark could easily lose a couple of pounds, making it a dream
bike for aspiring weight weenies.
Cross-country race bikes are usually
purpose-built and a serious commitment. The
Spark is certainly oriented towards XC racing, but
the geometry and playfulness of the bike make it far more versatile
than we were expecting. Dedicated XC racers will get all the
performance they need out of the Spark but will have to keep
training hard if they want to ride like Nino.
It’s Nude: Scott developed their own shock technology in
conjunction with Fox called Nude. Scott inverted the shock
and added a trunnion mount to beef up the bottom bracket
area for a more responsive ride.