An Honest Review Of The Scott Spark

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Previously, when one used to hear about Scott Spark, it instantly created a picture of XC racing. However, over the years things have changed a lot. In 2017, Scott branched its Spark line of bikes into two categories i.e. Spark RC, and standard Spark, a bike that is perfectly meant for a joyous casual ride and certainly not meant if you want to see yourself in the podium.


In this piece of writing, we intend to review the standard Scott Spark 900, which has a 29er wheels, 120mm rear and front travel, a frame geometry that is slicker, lower, and longer.  It features a new suspension design characterized by a solo hinge rocker link, which provides adequate support to the top, and ensures a silky smooth ride.  As of date, 39 Spark models comprise standard plus, women specific, and RC. Most of these are among the 27.5 and 29er versions.

Purchasing Scott Spark RC makes sense if you are very passionate about cross-country racing.  The hallmarks of this bike are steep angles and short travel. It is having a fun window, which is very narrow.  In sharp contrast, the standard Spark belongs to a different lot. Being a 120mm/ 120mm 29er trail tamer, it makes a worthy deal.

Consistent with its rich racing lineage the 2017 Spark is very light and efficient for tackling big climbs. By virtue of its short stays, slack geo, and extra squish it has the capability of seeing through even the toughest trails. You can be sure that it is free from any kind of hold-on-and-hope scheme. It is imperative that your prudently pick your lines. When a skillful rider take on the wheels its sweet spot range takes a surge comparable to the backcountry single-track bike.

Scott made a switch from the top-blue mounted shock of the previous model to lighter and better performer version.  At the launch the Spark’s revamped version, their chief engineers disclosed that the outgoing suspension design had a malady of poor support on top of the shock stroke. It is not a good thing for an XC bike. Scott tried to fix this issue without manipulating the design of the old setup. However, the efforts did not bored desired results. Hence, they embarked on the goal of separating the stiffness zone of the frame.

Scott Spark standard took the out-of-box approach in adding extra girth in the bottom racket instead of packing power in the top tube area. A sleeker and purportedly a more compliant shape characterize the kinked top tube.  With the help of a single-pivot-rocker link, Scott became successful in increasing the leverage ratio making it more efficient in absorbing shock. Thus, you can enjoy your ride letting the bike to take care of the bumps.     


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