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  1. Hi Guys, Need some assistance please, I have a 2020 Scott Spark 950. I was doing a once over when washing my bike and noticed what seemed to be a loose pivot screw, I grabbed the torque wrench and tried to tighten it, without even reaching 10nm the screw starting spinning around. So not sure if I broke it or if it was over tightened from the start but need a new one. Where will I be able to source?
  2. Hi All, I'm new to Bike Hub but I took my 2017 Scott Spark in for a service almost 4 weeks and the mechanics noticed that both the swingarm and the frame (at the seat tube) were cracked. It took over 2 1/2 weeks to get a response - the swingarm was warrantied but not the frame as they claim the seat post clamp was installed incorrectly. I have taken this up with Scott as nowhere in the users' manual is this stated that it needs to be a certain way and I received my bike from the bike shop that assembled it with the seat clamp installed as is. The 2017 and 2018 users manuals do not stipulate the seat clamp orientation but the 2019 one does, although it just mentions that it must be installed correctly and does not sat what is correct. Has anyone else had this problem? It's now almost 4 weeks later and I still have no bike to ride! I'm training for the Epic and need to ride but this is so unfortunate. There has been nothing from Scott International to date and Scott local sent an email to me this week for a loan frame but nothing has come of it. Such bad service.
  3. Nick

    Review: Scott Spark 940

    The all-new Scott Spark platform will be used on three distinct models (with very similar names it can get confusing): The Scott Spark RC is a 100 mm aggressive cross-country bike. Jenny Rissveds and Nino Schurter rode this bike to gold in Rio. The trail focussed Scott Spark Plus features 2.8" tyres and boasts a 130 mm fork. The Scott Spark model lined up is 120 mm with modern trail inspired geometry. Both the Spark and Spark RC are available as 29” (900 models) or 27.5” (700 models). In South Africa, the in stock range will favour the 29” models. We tested the Scott Spark 940 which is the top specced 29er aluminium model. Frame The Scott Spark frame has seen major changes to the suspension design, geometry, and the adoption of the Boost axle standard.Visually, the most obvious change is to the suspension. The shock is now vertically mounted to the bottom bracket area. The design remains a single pivot but with a rocker link instead of the previous top link, which means a lighter top tube. A metric shock with Trunnion mounts is used on the Spark range. This means a smaller shock allowing engineers to create a more compact suspension design without out losing any shock stroke. A downside of the rocker link design is that there is now space for just one bottle cage. Scott have designed the new rear triangle to have fewer parts. The previous design had 18 parts, while the new Spark has only three. This means reduced weight and easier maintenance. To assist the rear end when the suspension compresses, Scott have placed part of the brake mount on the wheel axle. Scott say that all these changes to the suspension design have allowed them to follow the modern trend of a softer initial travel with support ramping up progressively through the stroke. Practically, this means better small bump absorption with some support in the middle of the travel and the ability to soak up the bigger hits without needlessly bottoming out. With the new Spark platform, Scott have embraced modern geometry with a longer bike and slacker angles. Riders now have more room in the cockpit allowing for a shorter stem and more direct steering. A slacker head angle improves handling on the descents as the fork is better placed to absorb impacts and is less likely to see the rider topple over the handlebars. Our Large test bike had a 67.2 degree head tube angle with a 460 mm reach and 438 mm chainstays. These figures are firmly in line with most modern trail bikes.The new Scott Spark also incorporates Boost 148 axle spacing into the frame design with the forks fitted also having the Boost 110 axle spacing. The benefit of this is a stiffer wheel, great clearance for big tyres, and the ability to tweak the wheel position to shorten the chainstay length. Components Fork: The 120mm Fox 34 Float Performance is a good match for the capabilities of the Scott Spark. The fork tracked well with sufficient stiffness to remain true even through rough sections.Shock: The Fox Nude DPS shock was relatively easy to setup using the plastic clip-on sag meters that came with the bike. The shock worked flawlessly and felt super smooth in all conditions. Lock-out: Scott's Twinloc remote lockout system controls the compression damper with 3 settings: Lockout- Traction Control- Descend. The Twinloc changes the setting of both the fork and shock at the same time using the single lever and is a well-functioning system. Drivetrain: The Spark 940 is kitted with a Shimano XT 2x drivetrain (with the exception of an SLX cassette). Shimano’s drivetrains are well-proven to be reliable and I had no problems during the testing of the bike. My only gripe was the 34 tooth big chainring fitted on the 900 series bikes. On my own bike, I often run my 1x11 setup with a 34 tooth so with two chainrings, I would have expected a bit more extension down the range than I have on my single chainring setup. However it is relatively easy and inexpensive to upsize the chainring. Brakes: The Deore brakes are excellent, especially considering Shimano have three brakes above it in their hierarchy. In fact, when first writing this review, I assumed they matched the XT drivetrain until I checked again. Wheelset: I was impressed with the Syncros X-23 rims and Shimano Deore hubs. They were reliable and had good feel on the trail. The wheels arrived with tubes but with the rims are already taped for tubeless, meaning you just need two tubeless valves and some sealant to make the conversion. That said, if you’re the upgrading type, the wheelset is probably the one place on this bike where you can make meaningful improvements. Seatpost: A dropper seat post is a must for any trail bike and the 125mm Fox Transfer operated superbly throughout testing. The Transfer has infinite adjustability, and dropping was smooth and easily controlled. Raising the seat was equally smooth and did not leave me in fear of losing my plums. Tyres: The Maxxis Forekaster is a great trail tyre. The grip is excellent and without any change in feel or loss of grip when transferring to the outer knobs. In muddy conditions, the Forekasters shed mud well and provide adequate grip. Cockpit: Considering the aggressive frame geometry, I would have expected something a bit wider than the 740 mm handlebars on the large frame, as they can always be cut down to the rider’s preference. The 70 mm stem is a good middle ground and can easily be swapped out to meet the riders preferred length. The Syncros XR 2.0 saddle and my nether regions did not agree with each other and I had to swap it out for something a bit wider after the first ride. This is not a criticism of the saddle, it was simply a fit issue. Full specification FrameSpark 3 Alloy SL 6011; custom butted Hydroformed tubes; tapered Headtube / BB92 / DM hanger; dropouts for 148x12mmForkFOX 34 Float Performance Air; Grip 3 / 3-Modes / 15x110mm QR axle / tapered steerer; Reb. Adj. / Lockout / 120mm travelShockFOX NUDE Trunnion; SCOTT custom w. travel / geo adj.; 3 modes: Lockout - Traction Control -Descend; DPS / EVOL / Reb. Adj.; Travel 120 - 85 - Lockout / 165X45mmRemote SystemSCOTT TwinLoc Remote Technology; 3 modes front and rear / integ. Grip clampHeadsetSyncros Pro Press Fit / Tapered 1.5" - 1 1/8"; OD 50/61mm / ID 44/55mmRear DerailleurShimano XT RD-M8000 SGS; DM / Shadow Plus / 22 SpeedFront DerailleurShimano XT FD-M8020-D / side swingShiftersShimano XT SL-M8000-B-I / Rapidfire Plus; 2 way releaseIspec 2 clampBrakesShimano M615 Disc; 180mm F & R / SM-RT64 CL RotorCranksetShimano XT FC-M8000-B2 / Hollowtech 2; 900 Series: 34x24 TBB-SetShimano BB-MT500-PA / shell 41x92mmHandlebarSyncros FL2.0 T-Bar / Alloy 6061; T shape Flat / 9° / 740mm; Syncros Pro lock-on gripsStemSyncros FL2.0 / 6061 Alloy; 6° / integrated Top Cup / 31.8mm / 1 1/8"SeatpostFOX Transfer Dropper Remote; 31.6mm / S size 100mm / M, L & XL 125mmSeatSyncros XR2.0 / CROM railsFront HubShimano HB-M618-B CL / 15x110mmRear HubShimano FH-M618-B CL / Boost 12x148mm RWS axleChainKMC X11LCassetteShimano SLX CS-M7000 / 11-42 TSpokesDT Swiss Champion Black 1.8mmRimsSyncros X-23 / 32H / Tubeless readyTyresMaxxis Forekaster / 2.35 / 120TPI Kevlar Bead TR Tubeless Ready / EXO / 3C maxx speedClaimed weight13.1 kgRetail PriceR46,000 Riding The Spark has lost some climbing ability compared to it’s more race-orientated predecessor, but it is by no means a bad climber. The addition of more robust trail focussed components has added some weight and the slacker geometry has blunted the attacking edge somewhat when pushing hard out of the saddle. However, when seated and climbing at a moderate pace, the Spark gets on with the job, and I felt that I could climb comfortably all day. I would be interested to see if the lighter specced carbon models keep some the previous Spark's nimbleness on the climbs.Scott's Twinloc remote lock-out system worked superbly on the bike. I’m usually very indifferent to suspension modes and lock-outs, just leaving the suspension open for most trail conditions. On the Spark however, the Twinloc system made a noticeable improvement to the bike when climbing. Switching to the Traction Control setting, I could instantly feel the whole bike sharpen up as the shock sat higher in it’s travel, while the complete lockout transformed it into a twitchier, more responsive climber. My only gripe with Twinloc is that you lose independent control over the fork and shock compression. Firstly, I found the balance between the shock and fork to be off in the Traction Control lockout setting, with the fork feeling much harsher than the shock. Secondly, I have grown accustomed to firming up the rear while leaving the fork open to deal with the trail on technical climbs. The new Spark platform excels at bombing down the mountain. The suspension is highly capable and is well tuned to get the most out of the 120mm travel. Couple this with the geometry changes and the Spark inspires full confidence on the trail. I like to take test bikes to Hoogekraal. It’s my benchmark trail. For those who aren’t familiar with this slice of heaven, it’s a great mixture of switchback climbs and descents with an array of features, tight corners, and jumps. Long story short, the Spark had me smiling from ear to ear as I confidently hit every feature in my repertoire and dispatched the climbs easily (although be it at a leisurely pace). The Spark shone with its predictable steering and ability to whip through the sharp turns, and is equally capable launching off a lip into the air. What type of rider? I firmly believe that many do-it-all riders will have a lot more fun ditching their twitchy, steep head-angled 100 mm race bikes for a confidence inspiring bike like the Scott Spark. This bike makes a great deal of sense for anyone who likes to head out to the trails and simply enjoy the experience of riding a bike both up and down hills. If it is events you’re interested in, the Spark is perfectly suited for anything from a marathon stage race to a local enduro event and everything inbetween. In the end With the 2017 Spark, Scott have gone in a completely new direction with the bike, and in doing so have addressed some of the core shortcomings of traditional cross country bikes. The shear size and variety of the Spark range means that almost all tastes are catered for, from racing snake to weekend warrior. If the Olympic success of the Spark RC is anything to go by, the new range is likely to achieve both on and off the racecourse, and increase the enjoyment factor for all at the same time.The Scott Spark is easily the most well-rounded bike I have ridden. It's capable on the ups and generates huge grins on the downs. The Spark is as fun as many bikes with much more travel but retains the efficiency of a short travel bike. The Spark is a great example of just how good the combination of modern mountain bike suspension and geometry is today. Giveaway: Win a Scott Spark 940 Bike Hub and SCOTT Sports Africa are giving away a Scott Spark 940. Click here to enter the competition.
  4. The Scott Spark is an iconic cross-country and marathon race bike. While it may have been tempting to stick to a successful formula, Scott took the bold move to completely redesign the Spark range. For 2017, forget what you knew about the Scott Spark as everything from suspension design, geometry, and even the intended riding style has seen a complete overhaul. Click here to view the article
  5. Hi All, This is my first post on BikeHub I've recently started doing stage races and rode the Sani2c, Berg & Bush 3 Day and just did a 4 day trip through Lesotho on some rough terrain. The time has come to upgrade my bike. I've been super happy with my Scott XL frame (Scott Scale 960 - 2014 - 120mm Default Stem) (height: 186cm, weight: 86 - 90 kg). I am in the range overlap between L & XL on the size charts of most manufacturers. I'm really happy with the Scott geometry but also open to some other options (only brands where spares and service are easily available in SA) I've been eyeing out the Scott Spark 940 2018 (XL) for a while now. I was hoping to get a deal on one at the changeover to 2019 models, but there were only really a lot of offers on mediums/smalls. I've also been looking at the Scott Spark 930 2018 (XL) https://bike-addict.co.za/products/scott-spark-930-2018https://bike-addict.co.za/products/scott-spark-940-2018https://bike-addict.co.za/products/scott-spark-930-2018 (with GX 1x12 / NX 1 x 12)https://bike-addict.co.za/products/scott-spark-940-2019 I've also had a look at the 2019 models, but R50k+ is quite steep Alternatively, I'm looking for the following: - Similar geometry to Scott Spark- At least 120mm Fork Travel- Good Rear Suspension (I like the Scott 3 way control as a bonus)- GX 1x12- Dropper Post- Decent wheels- New or Second Hand (2nd hand must be newer than 2 years old)- Great handling on trail, but also capable of long days out on the bike. What do you think of these bike options? Are their any others you'd recommend? If you own a Scott Spark and you are fairly tall, 185+ are you happy on a Large frame? My problem is that if I go XL I will likely not be able to take advantage of any price deals I am based in Cape Town (city bowl), are there any shops you'd recommend? (I service at Freewheel Cycology and I love them for that, bike is never been smoother, but a Spez is like 60k+ for same/similar componentry)
  6. so i decided to spoil myself in the next few months with a new mtb bike. my first new bike ever after riding for more than 12 years... so with all the specials going on at the moment, and after eliminating a lot of potential bikes, i think i narrowed it down to two bikes: cannondale scalpel si 5 2017 model http://cyclelab.com/cannondale-scalpel-si-5-29-mountain-bike-2017/ OR scott spark 950 2018 model. http://cyclelab.com/scott-spark-950-29-mountain-bike-2018/ both go for R39 999 at cyclelab. I can;t decide though. the type of riding i wanna do: trans baviaans meets berg n bush meets wolwespruit meets spruit. which one would you guys pick and why? Bikes i've cancelled out due to price, reviews etc: Momsen vipa trail 1 spesialised camber comp trek fuel ex5 pyga oneten29 pyga stage yt jeffsey can't decide. help
  7. Hi All Okay, I'm aware that Scotts are notorious for creaking like an old wooden boat. That aside, my Spark 920 wasn't all that bad until fairly recently. I decided to pull the pivots apart, check the bearings and re-grease them. Upon doing this I discovered that there are two aluminium spacers on either side of the pivot right behind the rear shock (i.e. the pivot at the top of the seatstay). I know which way round they were in there, but I'm in doubt on whether the bike shop that last serviced the pivots put these spacers in the right way round. If you've done this service yourself before you will know that each side has two spacers, one larger (red) than the other (gold), but both have a thicker inside edge on one side (i.e. only one side of the spacer is flat). I have two questions. 1) Which way round should the spacers go in (must the large spacer go on the outside of the frame and the small one on the inside)? And 2) Which direction should the thicker inside edge of the spacers point (should it point towards the bearing or away)? Any advice on the matter would be much appreciated, I would take the bike back to the bike shop that did the last service, but to be honest I would not trust their opinion (lets not delve into that topic now though). Cheers
  8. Hi all, Looking at buying a Scott Spark 920 2013. Really keen on the Twinloc system but the bike doesn't come with one. Is one able to re-install the system and where would one find a system? The fork and shock on the bike are a Fox 32 Float 29 Evolution CTD Air 100mm and Fox Float RL 100mm. Thanks for the help.
  9. The time has come to upgrade to a full sus and I'm torn between these two. Please could I have your opinions??? Both are retailing for R45999. Much appreciated! http://cyclelab.com/images/detailed/4/SESTA-COMP-1150x766%5B1%5D.png The Silverback has a carbon frame but the components aren't as good as what comes with the Spark. No dropper post, 2x10, no dual remote lockout. However, having a carbon frame allows for the opportunity to upgrade the components down the line. http://cyclelab.com/images/detailed/4/Scott-Spark-940-2017-e1472619134859%5B1%5D.jpg The Spark has an Alloy frame (bike weight reported at 13.5kg) but has better components. Possibly no need to upgrade components but I'm stuck with the alloy frame. http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii77/cityofgates/Screen%20Shot%202017-01-10%20at%206.09.45%20PM.png Click on the table above to see a comparison! Thanks again for the help!
  10. I am in the market for a new bike and have finally narrowed it down to these 2 bikes. Scott Spark 910 or Cannondale Scalpel Si 3 They are similarly priced and have a very similar spec with the Cannondale have an XTR drivetrain over the XT for the Scott. The main thing that puts me off the Cannondale is Lefty shock.. perhaps someone can give me positive feedback on it that will help me over come this. If it had a Fox fork my decision would be made already. What I dont like about the Lefty shock is it limits your wheel options and I already have 2 sets of spare wheels.. but if I were to damage a wheel in a multistage race I think, could be wrong of course, it would be far easier to source a "normal" wheel than a Lefty wheel to continue. Is there no twisitng of the fork under braking on the Lefty? What I like about the Cannondale is the lifetime warranty on the frame, this is important to me seeming as every MTB I have had thus far I have had a claim on the frame for cracks. Spark only has a 5 year warranty which is ample because IMHO the lifespan of a MTB is about 5yrs. I do long rides/races and multiday events. So want a bike that is easy to handle and comfortable for long distances. The Cannondale I think is more of a 1 day racer but I could be wrong? I am a heavy rider - current weight is 98kgs although trying to get to 90kgs but cant see myself ever going below this....
  11. Up for grabs The Scott Spark 940 is the top of the line aluminium model from the new Scott Spark range. It features a whole new suspension layout plus increased travel, an aggressive longer and slacker geometry, and modern standards like Boost axle spacing and metric shocks. It is well equipped with a Shimano XT drivetrain, a Fox 34 fork and a Fox Nude shock both set to 120 mm, and Fox's Transfer adjustable seat post. The cockpit and rims (with Shimano hubs) are from Scott's Syncros range. The Winner: Congratulations to Xand Venturas, the winner of the Scott Spark 940. Xand Venturas (centre) receiving his bike form Joggie Prinsloo (right) from Scott Sports Africa. We thank you all for participating in the competition. Read more about the new Scott Spark 940 in our review here.
  12. SCOTT Sports Africa are giving away a brand new Spark 940 valued at R46,000. Click here to view the article
  13. Scott Spark RC 900 SL Three new Scott Spark models There are three new Scott Spark bikes with 33 models across the range. Each Spark bike has its own distinct purpose but with a shared DNA. The Spark RC is a 100% race dedicated 100mm full suspension bike. The Spark is a do-it-all marathon-trail bike featuring a slacker geometry and 120mm travel. While the Spark Plus is a trail ready full suspension 27.5 plus bike. Wheel size Both the Spark RC and Spark will be available as 27.5" and 29" models. The 27.5" models are in the 700 series while the 29" bikes are designated the 900 model number. The Spark Plus is based around a 27.5" plus sized wheel. The 27.5" models will be available in S / M / L sizing while the 29" and 27.5" Plus bikes will included an XL size. Engineers don’t like design compromises. Splitting the Spark family into three models allowed us to create bikes with a shared DNA and distinct purpose. The Spark RC is a 100% race dedicated full suspension bike - by designing a 1x specific platform and using HMX-SL fibres for the first time on MTB we’ve set a new benchmark in terms of weight. The final bike is the result of hundreds of careful design decisions which combine to create the perfect racing tool for our racers to keep on winning. Dan Roberts - Scott Engineer Scott Spark RC The new race inspired RC (Racing Concept) family includes all options - hardtail or full-suspension, and 27.5” or 29” wheel size geometries. All RC models come with 100mm of travel. Spark RC 900 World Cup The Spark RC is a 100% race dedicated full suspension bike. Designed specifically for 1x and using HMX-SL fibres the frame weighs an impressive 1749 grams on the Spark RC 700 SL (with shock). Geometry on the Spark 700 sees a major shift with the head angle slackening to 68.5 degrees, reach growing, chain stay length shrinking and standover heigh dropping. Scott Spark Spark 900 PremiumScott see the new Spark as a "do-it-all marathon trail bike" giving diversified riders a bike suitable for race day as well as trail exploration. Unlike the RC models, the Spark will have the option of a 1x or 2x drivetrain. From the specification choices it is clear that Scott are serious about the Spark's trail credentials with stiffer forks and dropper posts making an appearance on most models. Scott Spark Plus Spark 700 Plus TunedThe Spark Plus is a trail focussed bike built around 120mm rear and 130mm front travel and big tyres. Scott were relatively early adopters of the 27.5" plus wheel and have always believed that the 2.8" tyres provide the best size to balance performance and fun. Scott Spark Models Local model availability and pricing still need to be confirmed. The first stock is expected to land in August. Scott Spark RC SPARK RC 900 | 700 SL SPARK RC 900 | 700 ULTIMATE SPARK RC 900 | 700 WORLD CUP SPARK RC 900 | 700 PRO Scott Spark SPARK 900 | 700 ULTIMATE SPARK 900 | 700 PREMIUM SPARK 900 | 700 SPARK 910 | 710 SPARK 920 | 720 SPARK 930 | 730 SPARK 940 | 740 SPARK 945 | 745 SPARK 950 | 750 SPARK 960 | 760 Scott Spark Plus SPARK 700 PLUS TUNED SPARK 710 PLUS SPARK 720 PLUS SPARK 730 PLUS Contessa Spark CONTESSA SPARK RC 700 CONTESSA SPARK 700 CONTESSA SPARK 710 CONTESSA SPARK 720 CONTESSA SPARK 730 CONTESSA SPARK 710 PLUS CONTESSA SPARK 720 PLUS The New Scott Scale The Scott Scale hardtail has also been revamped with similar design concept changes as the new Spark. Scott claim that they have produced the lightest, stiffest and most comfortable Scale yet. Scale RC 900 SL Like the Spark, the Scale RC has seen new fibres and construction methods introduced to lighten and stiffen the frame. The new Scale frame weighs in at 849 grams. The frame also assists in rider comfort with Scott's new SDS2 technology providing controlled flex in areas that increase rider comfort and absorbs vibrations without sacrificing on pedalling efficiency. In today's market it's getting easier for anyone to go to Asia and release a mediocre carbon hardtail frame and call it good. That`s where we are different. Focussing passionately on every little detail, no matter how small the gain is really sets us apart from everybody else, and puts the new Scale firmly ahead of the competition. Dan Roberts - Scott Engineer The Scale RC provides for only a 1x drivetrain with other Scale models allowing 2x configurations as well. Other features like Boost axle spacing, an axle anchored rear brake mount for stay flexibility, internal cable routing and integrated chain guide also make their way over from the Spark to the Scale. The new Scale has seen significant geometry changes. For example, the 29er geometry has been updated with a 13mm shorter chain stay to sharpen the handling and also to guarantee traction and a centered rider position on the bike the 900 series has also a 1.1° steeper seat tube angle which helps to maintain the riders weight balance be- tween the wheels. As a result the reach grew by 17mm, while keeping the toptube length the same. Stack height has also been reduced, allowing more and lower possibilities for handlebar positioning. The Scale also has a Plus sized bike in it's ranks. The Scale Plus features a 120mm travel fork with 2.8" plus tyres. Scale 710 Plus. Details from Press Release Spark Frame Technology Over the years, the R&D experts at SCOTT have learned a lot when it comes to carbon engineering. For the 2017 generation, we've used our expertise to not only create super high-end carbon frames, but rather to apply our knowledge of ultra-lightweight carbon construction also for all existing levels of carbon frames that we offer.In terms of carbon evolution, our carbon experts started over from zero for the Spark project. We not only use new carbon fibres. We now also have more complex and intelligent shapes for the layers. Plus we broke our frame build-up into more pieces which results in a higher complexity of the frame. Three material levels can be found in SCOTT’s carbon bike range - HMX- SL, HMX and HMF. With the new lay-up process, all carbon bikes become lighter, and stiffer. Lay-Up Types used by ScottHMX-SL uses the highest performance fibres currently available. MR70 is a new introduction to our layup collection. The raw fibre undergoes an extended refinement process to reach extremely high levels of strength with good stiffness. To further boost frame stiffness, tapes of the exceptionally stiff YS60 fibre are applied strategically. Fibres impregnated with a nano resin are employed in some areas of the frame. This specialist resin boosts matrix strength perpendicular to and o axis o the fibre direction to toughen the structure. HMX: SCOTT has improved upon the now conventional high modulus carbon fiber, HMF, used throughout the bicycle industry. HMX is a fiber blend used by SCOTT, and is 20 percent stiffer than its HMF counterpart for the same weight. This unique material allows SCOTT engineers to create incredibly light bikes with excellent riding characteristics. The cost of HMX, however, is three times that of HMF, and is therefore reserved for our high end frames. HMF carbon fiber is used to maximize strength and to keep weight low. This material has an optimal blend of stiffness and strength that offers the best riding session. SCOTT’s engineering know-how is utilized in order to create the perfect lay-up with regards to orientation and fiber size. HMF fiber offers superior strength compared to the industry standard. Drivetrain Optimizations When the components evolve, bike frames can be made to take full advantage from the characteristics of the new products. Following this idea and in response to different requests coming from the riders we’ve engineered two different frames: one that accommodates only a single chain ring and one for the more traditional double chain ring setup. The single chain ring setup is considered most appropriate for racers and riders that are looking for pure performance so this 1X specific de- sign is used on the HMX-SL and HMX frames. Appealing more broadly to enthusiasts and casual riders, the HMF frame series has been designed for 2X set-ups but can easily accommodate a single chain ring configuration while maintaining a clean look.The main feature of the single chain ring design consists not only of the removal of the front derailleur mount on the frame and the related weight savings but especially of the opportunity to redesign the chain stay and seat tube with a symmetric shape. Without the derailleur and small chain ring, there’s more clearance be- tween the crank set and the rear tire. Following the same logic behind Boost technology this allows us to increase even more the cross-section of the chain stay tubes that, together with the down tube, represent the core of the structures stiffness. While the previous Spark utilized the E-Type FD mount, the Spark uses the new High direct mount FD for its 2X versions. Thanks to the High direct Mount FD and Boost, we are able to engineer a wider Main Pivot and bigger chain stays. On the Spark RC frames the benefits are even greater thanks to 1X design. We can build the frame in this area even stiffer. There are no FD clearance constraints. New rear triangle The rear triangle of the previous Spark consisted of 18 separate parts. The new rear triangle is constructed from a single left and right hand moulded carbon part, plus a separate brake mount. We use less metal, with fewer joints, and less hardware. Thanks to the new simplicity of the construction, we save 130g. New brake mount The key to designing such a simple rear triangle was maintaining a fully tubular construction, without a pivot in the dropout area. To allow the seatstays to flex freely as the suspension compresses, we’ve introduced a specific brake mount anchored directly to the chain stay and the wheel axle. Thanks to this solution the carbon structure is clean- er and lighter and the flexion of the rear triangle on the brake side is not inhibited. The brake mount is available in two versions, one for 160mm rotors and one for 180mm. Rocker link The Spark carbon linkage is constructed with a compression mould- ing process. It’s 37g lighter than the aluminium equivalent and half the weight of the previous Spark linkage. Making the link in two pieces means all excess material can be removed from the inside of the linkage, without sacrificing stiffness.SPARK RC CARBON LINK 77G SPARK RC ALLOY LINK 114G MY16 SPARK ALLOY LINK 145G Pivotless swingarm The pivotless swignarm design enables the rear triangle to be moulded in two continuous tubular carbon parts saving considerable weight. Metric Shock and Trunnion Mount We have adopted the new Metric shock sizing standards with a Trunnion mount. Since the shock body now extends between the two lower mounting bolts, our suspension partners have more design space. This means the shock has more stroke for the same eye to eye length. Stroke on the 165mm eye to eye shock has increased from 38mm to 40/45mm. The Trunnion standard also offers structural gains. The shorter shock enables us to build a very compact frame and shock package, which integrates tightly to the seat tube. We managed to have a very tiny yet stiff linkage- lighter than ever. Thanks to the Trunnion mount construction, stand over height on the new Spark is very low. We are still able to realize a super compact full- suspension frame and provide the ability to mount both a small and big water bottle. The Spark family maintains the 165mm eye-to-eye shock length of the previous Spark 900 (our shortest shock), but realises up to 7mm more shock stroke. All Spark RC and most Spark and Spark Plus bikes utilize the FOX Nude shock, specially made for SCOTT: 165mm Metric Trunnion shock 40mm (100mm travel RC Spark line-up) vs. 38mmm (old Spark) 45mm (120mm travel Spark line-up) By turning the Trunnion shock upside-down, we can fully integrate it into the frame which results in several benefits. Since the Trunnion mount is the same width as the down tube and main pivot, we can have a very clean frame design in this critical area. The lack of tight transitions and small details allows for an efficient, continuous carbon structure. Carbon material added to reinforce the shock mount also stiffens the connection between the down tube, main pivot and bottom bracket, a key stiff ness path. The flipped shock also lowers the frame’s center of gravity helping to give a more planted feel when riding. Unsprung mass is reduced since it is the lighter part of the shock, connected to the linkage, not the heavier body which must move during an impact – the suspension system can react faster. Our TwinLoc remote cable can be routed cleanly into the down tube. Asymmetric design The Spark down tube shock and linkage are clearly asymmetric, when looking from the top of the bike. Carbon fibres achieve their full potential when used in smooth straight lines. O setting the shock slightly to the left hand side of the bike gives a clean and continuous structure from the down tube through the shock mount to the main pivot. Boost TechnologyBoost is a hub and drivetrain standard developed by SRAM. Boost is built around a wider rear and front hub and enables stiffer wheels due to a wider spoke bracing angle. Boost 148 rear hubs move each flange of the rear hub three millimeters wider. Boost is designed as a complete system so drive- train performance isn’t compromised. Even though Boost pushes the cogs three millimeters outboard, the crankarm Q-Factor remains the same as the Boost system’s crankset utilizes front chainrings that sit a correspond- ing 3mm outward to ensure the required chainline. Boost cranks can only be used when paired with a 148mm hub. On the front the hub spacing is increased by 10mm to 110mm. Increased wheel stiffness and greater clearance for bigger tires are the main advantages of Boost technology. On the Spark project, we wanted to go beyond the basics and reap all the benefits of this innovation by optimizing frame design and geometry. The 3 mm outboard chain ring adds clearance in the chain stay area that allows a substantial increase of the chain stay tube cross-section. Correspondingly, the stiffness in this part of the frame improves. Also, with a wider range of positions for the rear wheel, the frame geometry can be adjusted. We can shorten the chainstays for more agile handling. Suspension Technology Single-pivot Rocker Link Design For the new generation of Sparks, our goal was to develop an extremely light suspension system without compromising suspension performance. We changed from a single pivot top link design to a rocker link layout, allowing us to achieve suspension characteristics that weren’t possible with the previous design. With two years in the making, our engineers now realized a single-pivot based full-suspension frame, which we believe will help riders to boost their performance regardless of their intended use. We wanted to create a full-suspension bike which is more than just light and stiff - we wanted to build a bike which is also capable, and more versatile than ever before.Thanks to the prevalence of 1x drivetrains, we have been able to increase the main pivot height to deliver perfect power transfer which will make it easy to punch up technical climbs. Moving from our old platform to the new, single-pivot system has multiple reasons. Today, we believe a single-pivot system is the way to go in order to provide the best kinematic plus a superlight and stiff frame. We can build the new Spark with an unmatched stiffness-to-weight ratio. Less pivots also mean less maintenance, and even more importantly: a more sensitive riding performance. The layout allows us to design a lighter frame as shock forces are now transferred into the already reinforced main pivot and bottom bracket area. The top tube no longer has to with- stand shock loading so it can be lightened. Realize the lightest full-suspension lay-out to date, 1749 grams (Spark RC 700 SL, with shock) Create the shortest shock-package possible Achieve a superb kinematic with an optimized suspension curve Offer a system with best bump sensitivity and bottom-out resistance as well as good mid-stroke support Suspension Curve: More sensitive, more support, better end-progression The new layout offers better overall suspension performance. We can achieve a more consistent leverage ratio which transfers less force to the shock as the suspension compresses. This means the suspension is more sensitive at the beginning of travel, where small bump sensitivity is critical, but offers more support from sag point onwards, which is important for good pedalling and cornering response. Traction Mode: 2-position air volume adjustment; 20% reduced wheel travel Our 2-Position Air Volume Adjustment is the system that allows us to attain two unique spring curves for Nude equipped bikes. The Twinloc lever opens or closes a second air chamber inside the shock creating two unique geometry and travel modes. In Traction mode, a single chamber is used, there is less air spring volume leading to less sag, a more agile geometry and shorter travel - ideal for climbing. In descend mode both chambers are employed, the air spring volume increases allowing the bike to sag into a slacker position with more negative travel and more available travel at an engineered spring curve specifically chosen for the full travel mode. Effectively, this technology gives you two bikes in one. No other system on the market provides this. Twinloc - 1 lever, 3 settings Full suspension bikes are commonly seen as assisting with descending. When it comes to racing, their real advantage lies not only in managing drops, rocks and roots; they are also a huge benefit when going through transitions and when mastering technical climbs. In XCO racing, descents make only a small time portion of the race. The largest proportion is spent on the climbs. When climbs are full of roots, rocks and tricky sections, the full suspension will help riders maintain traction and power delivery. The less energy wasted trying to save a mistake the more goes into going uphill quickly. Our new platform has seen a major update in terms of suspension qual- ity thanks to the revised layout. We’ve achieved a huge improvement in suspension curves, and we’ve achieved the supple suspension and good end progression riders want to have on rough trails. In addition to that, the new Spark delivers good power transfer which will make it easy to punch up technical climbs. However, in some situations, the best suspension can’t match with a fully locked rear triangle. That’s when SCOTT’s proprietary TwinLoc comes into play. We give the rider the option to fully lock their suspension when the trail demands. We o er the most efficient bike handling in any riding situation. SCOTT ’s patented TwinLoc is still the only system on the market that con- trols damping and air volume to o er three distinct ride settings. With a flick of the thumb, you can be in Traction Mode on both the fork and shock, then quickly back to Lockout for climbs or Descend for the downs. For 2017, we have a new TwinLoc lever that is accessed under the handle- bar. This allows the lever to be placed on the left side, which allows more options for a dropper post and is great for the ever popular 1x drivetrain set up. This solution is protected, more versatile, and more ergonomic than ever. System Integration Internal cable routing To provide a clean look and a functional solution for all the different control cable standards on the market, cable routing is fully internal and designed for full length cable housing. Routing the cables internally omits bulky external hardware and looks cleaner. The cables can endure a longer lifetime as they are protected within the frame. The entry points are machined alloy removable inserts that come along with the frame and can be chosen according to the setup of the bike. Assembling an electronic group or a dropper post will not be a problem and the look will always be clean-cut. Scott Chainguide Our integrated chain guide was developed in collaboration with the SCOTT ODLO MTB Racing Team. The idea behind was to create a reliable component that helps to avoid dropping chains but that was light, versatile and integrated in the design of the frame. The new Spark chain guide weighs just 23 grams and is easy to assemble thanks to the smart assembly system and can accommodate chain rings from 30 to 36 teeth. SW DropoutsOn the new Spark we’ve redesigned all the parts that can give us signifi- cant benefits in terms of performance and functionality. On the previous model the support of the dropout was a bulky additional part molded to the carbon chain stay. The new Spark dropouts are de- signed to be integrated on the thru-axle system thanks to a hollow tu- bular design that allows a simple and lightweight structure. Available for SRAM and Shimano DM derailleurs, this dropout increases the sti ness and avoids damage to the frame in case of impacts on the rear derailleur. Axle tool Working together with DT Swiss, we completely revisited the shape of the thru-axle lever to make it more ergonomic and to perfectly fit to our frame. Additionally we introduce a new multifunctional tool integrated on the inner part of the thru-axle itself. This 25T torx wrench is easy to reach and ready to be used for quick adjustments on the trails. Garmin Mount The integrated Garmin mount extends the reaches of integration into the realm of accessory products. Our goal was to create a computer mount solution for our bikes that is as seamless as it is sleek. We worked on a balanced, minimalist de- sign that secures a Garmin computer right where you need it while also making it unnoticeable when the trail requires your full attention. Easily added or removed with a single torx bolt, the Garmin mount comes in two sizes to guarantee a premium fit regardless of your choice of stem. Geometry We’ve brought the Spark up to date with our own interpretation of modern race bike geometry. By splitting the Spark family into three distinct models we were able to tailor specific geometry for a wide range of riders and applications. The family shares some fundamental characteristics which make every bike a Spark. Control We now have a slacker head angle and shorter stem lengths across the range for better high speed stability and direct steering control. Incorporating the Boost standard allowed us to build a shorter rear triangle for agile cornering. The reduction in chain stay length is especially significant on 29” models. At the same time as shortening the rear triangle, we’ve steepened the seat tube to balance weight distribution. Fit Thanks to our new frame design and shock placement standover clearance is improved and the frame’s center of gravity is lowered. Our racers want the lowest possible cockpit so we’ve given them the space to do so by minimizing stack height. Racers can now easily achieve their race fit on a 29” model. Trail riders can still use a taller stem and bar to suit their preference. Longer reaches combined with shorter stem mean riders can achieve their familiar cockpit fit.
  14. Scott have announced an all-new Spark platform which will support three different bikes, Spark RC, Spark and Spark Plus. The Spark is a completely new bike and you don't need to look further than the suspension design to see that. The old top link design has being replaced with a spanking new single-pivot rocker link system. Scott have been aggressive with their implementation of new technologies on the Spark: boasting cutting edge carbon construction techniques, bringing the geometry up-to-date, the use of new standards like Boost and metric shocks, and even adapting the brake mounts for more flexible stays. Click here to view the article
  15. Just saw this on pinkbike about probably the new scott spark coming this year: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/spotted-nino-schurters-prototype-scott-la-bresse-xco-world-cup-2016.html Any thoughts? Think this will definitely spark some critics
  16. So I'm pondering about whether it is time to get a new bike. I've got a 2013 Scott Spark 940, which I've had since new, & I see that Cycle Lab has the 2016 920s marked down (when I looked last weekend) as I'm assuming the 2017s are arriving soon. Is it worth it I'm thinking to myself? What I mean is is the progression between those 2 bikes big enough? Now I'm not the biker that is going to buy a new bike every year (which is obvious from the above) but what are the Hubbers general feeling the useful life is of a bike? Yes, a bike is useful until it is broken but like vehicles/equipment etc items lose value & are written off over a period. I'm sure with technology changing with bikes, newer bikes should be better. This is not a discussion about what value I should try sell my current bike at. I'm just trying to work out whether moving from a 2013 940 to a 2016 920 is worth it. I actually have not compared the specs yet, although I'm not the biggest bike techie around. I'm sure a lot of Hubbers can give answers very quickly. I ride once if not twice a week, do the half marathon Trail Seekers (starting C batch tomorrow), 30km USN Cups (A batch), I've done the 2 day Berg & Bush but would love to go bigger for example Joburg2C. In short, I love my mountain biking & would like to progress...Should I or shouldn't I look for an upgrade? If not the Spark 920, what other options should I look at? I am fully aware that the engine behind the bike, me, is the main factor behind progression so you don't need to tell me that. Thanks!
  17. Hi, I need help asap. My Scott Spark 940 is making a cracking, squeaking, breaking noise coming from the crank/BB unit when riding in dusty conditions and the harder I pedal, the worse the noise. Its making me and the people I ride with mad. Do anyone have any suggestions or has anyone had the same problem? I had it serviced at various shops and nobody has been able to find the problem. Thanks
  18. I recently saw the TomTom Spark in Makro and it seems to be quite a nice GPS watch when I looked at the flyer. Does anyone own one of these that can comment on how it performs and if it is a good all around watch for cycling, running, swimming? They sell for about R3k - R3,500kn new. I know suunto ambit and garmin forerunner are very strong competitors and probably better, but looking at price I was wondering about this item. Any feedback would be much appreciated, thanks! Link to tomtom website below. http://www.tomtom.com/en_gb/sports/fitness-watches/gps-watch-cardio-spark/black-large/index.html?icmp=personalised_content
  19. Don't message me - I'm just re-posting a Gumtree ad I saw There's an ad on Gumtree - looking for owner of a bike. Suspected stolen - guy asking whose it is bike it is. (don't go nail the guy - he's looking for the owner) If you know the owner, send him the link. http://www.gumtree.co.za/a-sports-bicycles-fitness/tableview/notice-do-you-know-of-anyone-that-has-had-a-scott-spark-elite-recently-stolen-from-them/1001148761730910017407209 The ad reads as follows: On Friday I bought a bicycle for my son from a guy near the Seven Eleven, Sandown Rd, he approached me asking if I am Interested. It turns out that I am looking for a Bike for my son to commute to school with. After a very sad story of his father passing away last week and him and his mother needing cash, I told him my budget was lower for my son bike. After I did my shopping he approached me again on my way home accepting my offer. When I showed my son the bike he almost fell off his chair. We did some internet research to find the bike value to be much higher raising my suspicion. I took down details from the guy but it seems dodgy, the phone number is message mode, and the address I will try again.
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