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  1. Press Release For years, the Spark family of bikes here at SCOTT has been a cornerstone of our success in the mountain bike industry. From World Cup win to World Cup win, to riding singletrack kingdom's and everything in between, the Spark RC and Spark 900 line of bikes have been constant go-to's for riders of all abilities all over the world. For 2022, the all-new Spark is set to continue this heritage on race tracks and trails for years to come. View full article
  2. Building on Success Now in it's fourth generation, the Spark made it's way into our lives back in 2008. Since then, it's given us the highest of highs on and off the race track. Several World Championships, dozens of World Cup Wins, some special shiny medals and countless good times on the trails later, the newest Spark platform is something else. How do you improve upon the best? Let's find out. Integrated Suspension Technology Now, a more noticeable change is that we’ve moved to a frame platform with an integrated shock. If we take a deeper look, this approach allows us to refine suspension characteristics without sacrificing weight. Often, when working with bikes at this level, the concept of marginal gains becomes an ever important one. For the optimal performance of a suspension shock, power transfer must be the most direct possible. What we want to avoid are any inefficient directional movements, in other words, lateral movements (sideways to the direction of travel) as the shock goes through its compression. Having an integrated shock allows us to improve this in several ways. Firstly, the frame construction around the shock and with the trunnion mount can be designed to be much more rigid, reducing movement and fostering more efficient power transfer. We can also add much larger bearings to the seat tube pivot, further reinforcing this area and reducing any unnecessary motion. Our Integrated Suspension Technology also helps us to engineer frames with a lower shock placement which lowers centre of gravity. As a result, the bike benefits from better handling, and a more stable, confidence inspiring ride for the end user. Suspension Layout - Kinematic A full suspension bike will never have success without, well, good suspension design. From the first time we rode the Spark’s single pivot layout we fell in love. Years later, we still believe that for technical cross-country racing and fast, punchy singletrack it is the best approach. The Spark’s suspension layout has a very specific and proven kinematic and less unsprung mass. Using a flex pivot in the seat stay is an ideal solution for bikes in this travel range. This allows us to keep a very lightweight system while still ensuring optimal suspension performance. Geometry & Frame Design When deciding on the Geometry for the Spark Platform, we decided to look towards Science rather than trends. We worked closely with SWISS BIOMECHANICS to do so, particularly in collaboration with the SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing Team. We aimed to have one frame platform that could be the world’s fastest and most capable XC race bike and an ultra-dynamic trail bike all in one. One thing we wanted to achieve was to have a similar pedaling position for both the RC and the 900. Both of the bikes are meant to be punchy, quick accelerators when stood up or sat down. With the built in ability to modify the head angle, we can run a longer, trail oriented fork on the 900, or a fork with slightly less travel on the RC that can easily be used for a more aggressive position on the bike for racing. The result? An XC bike that has the ability to descend like a trail bike without sacrificing anything when you need to put the hammer down, and a trail bike that can fly up the hill, and excel even more on the way back down. Frame kit weights of Spark RC & 900 platform (including shock and hardware). SYNCROS Fraser iC Combo The New Spark features an all-new Fraser iC combo from Syncros. Integrating the cables presents a number of unique problems and the Fraser was designed in part to address this. Syncros’s designers worked on the shape to allow the cables to flow under the bar and around the sides of the stem before disappearing into the headset with integrated plastic parts to keep it clean and efficient. This avoids bends or kinks in the cables and provides a minimalist front end. All our bars and stems feature multiple options for computer, light and camera mounts both on top or under the bar. The ALL-NEW Spark Range - RC vs. 900 There are 21 Spark models to choose from. The range is split into two categories, the XC-race oriented RC, and the short-travel, trail oriented Spark 900. While both categories of Spark utilize the same frame, the bikes have many differences. Compared to the Spark RC, the 900 comes with a more trail oriented spec: a larger shock, a longer travel fork, wider bars, trail focused tires and so on. BUT THAT's NOT ALL(oy)! It's one thing to have these levels of technology and integration on carbon bikes, but we wanted to make sure to offer the same benefits throughout the range, including the alloy models. The Spark 950, 960 and 970 all have the same great features as their carbon siblings, but at a fraction of the price.
  3. Hi Gents, I am about to take the plunge into a new MTB to replace my aging Silverback Saturn . I have narrowed my options to 2 bikes, both offered by my LBS. Scott Spark RC 900 Team (2018): https://www.scott-sports.com/za/en/product/scott-spark-rc-900-team-bike VS. Giant Anthem Adv Pro 1 (2018): https://www.giant-bicycles.com/za/anthem-advanced-pro--29er--1-2018 Which is the better bike? does anyone have any experience on these? Thanks in advance
  4. 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?
  5. Hi Guys, i am new to mountain biking. Started this year on a hardtail and have been really loving the sport. Sold my hardtail as i want to get a dual suspension. My budget is not great, i would like to spend less than 25k. In that price bracket there are not many nice new dual suspensions so i have decided to go 2nd hand. I found a 2013 Scott Spark at a bike shop, the bike has a lot of scratches but rides really well and has great components, SRAM brakes and groupset 1 x 12, and its full carbon. They want 20k for it. I am looking to keep it for about a year, i dont think it will depreciate so much. Is this a good deal, they have newer Scott Sparks, 2016 and 2017 for around the same price but they are aluminuim. The bikes frame is very scratched, was thinking to respray it but the guys at the shop say its no point. I want to do XC and some trails, Thanks for the help, appreciate it. Shaun
  6. 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.
  7. First launched in 2011, the Foil has seen two major updates, with the disc version being the third. With all the effort that had already gone into making the rim brake Foil as aero as possible, Scott was not simply going to slap some discs onto that bike for a quick fix. According to their research, adding discs to the Foil would come with a three watts penalty. Scott wanted to claw back those precious watts before releasing the bike to the public. The aerodynamic gains were achieved in three ways. The first was to add "winglets" to the fork lowers to help guide air over the disc. In fact, the left-hand side wing is large enough to shield a significant part of the brake caliper without sacrificing adjustability. That design feature makes up one of the three lost watts. A second watt was saved by giving the front thru-axle a removable lever. Then, the wider tyre and rim creates a more aerodynamic leading edge, saving another watt. And there are the three watts back in your pocket. At a mere 45 gram of extra weight compared to the rim brake frame. The down tube employs a Kammtail (a teardrop shape with the tail removed) aero profile for maximum wind-cheating properties while maintaining a practical shape for stiffness and strength. Higher up, closer to the front wheel the down tube also has a narrower profile to cut through the wind as effectively as possible. It has become an industry trend for the head tube, fork, stem, and (to an extent) the handlebar to form one front-facing profile. In this case, it's worth mentioning that Scott has done a commendable job getting rid of "joints" with even the headset spacers and the shape of the stem clamp area forming part of the smooth design. The cables are routed around the front of the bike, disappearing into a single port on top of the downtube. The rear dropouts feature wheel positioning guides to make fitting a wheel quick and easy, removing some risk of scratching or chipping the paintwork. The Foil also accepts both a standard derailleur hanger and a Shimano Direct Mount hanger to make it more versatile should you ever need a new derailleur hanger. The direct mount hanger provides extra room to make wheel changes faster and easier. The Scott Foil 10 Disc arrives with a 52/36 semi-compact chainset and 11-30 range cassette, meant to give you more top end without losing the climbing potential of a low bottom gear. A separate bar and stem combination adds some adjustability over the top of the line's one piece bar and stem, yet keeps a flat aero top that is comfortable in the hands. The Di2 junction box is tucked away at the end of the bar. Tyre clearance has been bumped to a healthy 30 mm with the bike fitted with 28 mm skin-walled Schwalbe ONE Race-Guard as standard. The wide tyres are only part of the effort that has gone into making the bike more comfortable on longer rides and rougher roads (like ours). The lowered seat stays are flattened, and the top tube and seat tube shapes both allow for a certain amount of vertical flex to soak up road vibrations. Scott says the focused approach to improving comfort on the new Foil resulted in an increase in vertical compliance by 86% of the seat tube area compared to its predecessor and an 11% increase in fork compliance compared to the first edition of the Foil. A note on the sizing: On the 54cm I tested my saddle height of 77cm ran the seat post to just above the minimum insert line. Keep that in mind when you are size shopping. Specification FrameFOIL DISC HMF / IMP, F01 AERO Carbon tech. Road Race geometry. Replaceable Dropout. STD Seattube / INT BB.ForkFOIL DISC HMF, 1 1/4"-1 1/2" Carbon steerer, Integrated Carbon DropoutHeadsetSyncros IntegratedRear derailleurShimano Ultegra RD-R8050, 22 Speed ElectronicFront derailleurShimano Ultegra FD-R8050, Eletronic Shift SystemShiftersShimano Ultegra ST-R8070, 22 Speed Electronic ShiftBrakesShimano BR-R8070 Hyd Disc, 160/F and 160/Rmm SM-RT800 CL RotorCranksetShimano Ultegra FC-R8000, Hollowtech II 52x36 TChainShimano CN-HG701-11CassetteShimano Ultegra CS-R8000, 11-30Bottom bracketShimano SM-BB71-41BHandlebarSyncros Creston 1.5 Aero, 31.8mmStemSyncros FOIL 1 1/4"SeatpostSyncros FOIL aero CarbonSaddleSyncros Belcarra 2.0WheelsetSyncros Meritt 1.0 50 Disc, 24 Front / 24 Rear, Syncros RWSTyresSchwalbe ONE Race-Guard Fold, 700x28CWeight7.99kg, size 54cm excluding pedals, including bottle cages. 7.96 kg claimedRetail PriceR 89,910 The metallic brown paintwork, paired with the tan sidewall tyres and brown saddle makes for a stunning bike. Everyone who saw it commented on what a great job Scott did with the paint and finishing touches of the bike. Very classy. On the Bike The frame details paired with the wider tyres make for a very comfortable ride. Even the handlebar tape was an obvious contributor to the overall comfort of the ride. What makes this so good is that the bike never felt soft. Power transfer was direct and the bike felt fast under all conditions. Descending was an absolute blast as the bike handles sweeping passes with ease offering a confident ride which in turn made me want to push the bike harder and harder. Riding along the coast did show the wheels to suffer a bit in crosswinds, but it always felt under control and not nearly as sketchy as even deeper wheels (naturally) or some earlier deep section wheels. The extra width of the tyres, and the increased contact patch that comes with it, no doubt added to the confidence-boosting ride when tackling a mountain pass descent. If disc brakes only gave us the ability to run wider tyres on road bikes, then it was worth it for that alone. The Syncros Belcarra 2.0 saddle was the first Syncros saddle I did not find unbearable to ride. I found it quite comfortable and managed to complete the review period with it still mounted to the seat post. I did experience odd shifting from Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset. On one ride, mid-ride, it would suddenly not want to shift into the big ring up front. No matter what or how much I tried it simply would not shift with the front derailleur not moving far enough outward for the chain to move over and up. Only for it to sort itself out half an hour or so later. On another ride, it would not go down all the way on the cassette to engage top gear for maximum speed. This did not sort itself out and needed manual adjustment for shifting to be perfect again. Granted it was a review bike fresh out of the box, but having ridden eTAP on my last three review bikes this is something I've not experienced in a while. While I'm on the topic, I still find eTAP's shifting arrangement to be the most intuitive and rock-solid compared to other electronic groupsets that I have ridden lately. Verdict The Scott Foil 10 Disc is a great bike. It is comfortable to ride, well specced, competitively priced, and is a looker of a bike. There is very little to fault as it blends outright speed with a great level of comfort, and now also adding the safety of disc brakes.Some riders would look at fitting carbon bars, but other than that, there is nothing on the Foil 10 that is in need of an upgrade. Well-specced straight out of the box. ProsGreat spec leaves nothing but personal touches or preferences to upgrade Comfortable ride Good value when compared to the competition It's a looker ConsDi2 shifting was hit and miss at times Seatpost adjustment is not the easiest
  8. I had my MTB serviced after Sani - I asked for a major service. Turned out to cost me R3200.00. Parts from Scott dealers alone were R1300.00 (seals & bearings). So, what did your service cost you?
  9. Even if you don't have a gym in your back yard there's a lot you can do at home to keep fit during lockdown. Or you can "train via osmosis" from the couch. Check out the first episode of Fitter, Faster, Stronger for some tips from the World Champ. The bike community has given me many great memories… Now it's time for me to give something back and show you my training secrets in a new "How to“ series. Join me in EP1 in the gym to become FITTER, FASTER and STRONGER Nino Schurter on Facebook See more info and a Q&A with Nino on scott-sports.com. Video: RainedUpon Media
  10. With some time to kill following the Absa Cape Epic cancellation, Nino Schurter and the Scott Sports team got into the gym to share some of his training secrets. Click here to view the article
  11. Hello hubbers, My bike, Scott Genius 750 (2018), has the ability to switch between 27"+ and 29", and now I'm interested to do exactly that. The reason is mainly because my bike has quite a low BB, and I believe 29er will be able to just add a few needed centimeters. I just want to know if it's possible to trade my current 27"+ wheelsets for 29ers? I have the following: Rims: Syncros X-30s, 32 hole, 30mm Hubs: Front - Shimano HB-M6010-B CL, 15x110mm Rear - Shimano FH-M6010 CL, 12x148mm Tires: Maxxis Recon 2.8" I also have a Shimano CS-HG50-10 speed cassette, which I believe is not compatible with Sram XD hubs, but in the future I'd probably want to upgrade to Sram SX/NX and I don't know if XD hubs and Shimano cassetes are compatible for the time being? What can I expect to get for my wheelset aswell? Thanks in advance!
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Hi there, First time here. I would really appreciate some help. My husband enjoys Mountain biking as a recreational hobby. He does some trails like the Berg and Bush and other MTB races. He currently has a Scott Aspect 740. I want to surprise him with a new bike. I have looked at the Silverback Sprint Plus or Scott Scale 960. He is a big dude. Weighs 118 kg and is about 1.86 tall. Could you please point me in the right direction? My budget allows for a nice bike up until R22 000.00. Any feedback will be highly appreciated as I am totally lost and it has to be a surprise, so asking him is out of the question...
  15. I think this could be interesting, seeing as the current iteration of the Scott Spark has been around for a while and something new should be coming out sooner than later, but how do you change something that just wins everything? I think the hidden shock from Bold will be just that! link to article
  16. I was wondering why you would choose Scott's HMX SL carbon frame over the HMF carbon frame? Just for reference, here are 2 mountain bikes that make use of these 2 frames: SCOTT SCALE RC 900 SL BIKE https://www.scott-sports.com/za/en/product/scott-scale-rc-900-sl-bike?article=269720008 SCOTT SCALE RC 900 PRO BIKE https://www.scott-sports.com/za/en/product/scott-scale-rc-900-pro-bike?article=269722007 If both frames had the exact wheelset and groupset on, what benefit would the HMX SL frame give over the HMF frame? If you were blind folded would you be able to notice the difference? I'm not a pro, but i do long distance riding and trail riding, that's about it. I'm competitive n my group, but not a pro. The pro bicycle has a horrible brown and red colour to it! I would love to hear your opinions.
  17. The all-new Scott Sparkle? Nino Schuter's Scott Spark RC 900: FrameScott Spark RC 900 Carbon HMX SL CustomForkRockShox SID Ultimate CarbonShockRockShox Nude RLC3Remote LockoutScott TwinLocWheelsDT Swiss XMC 1200 Spline Carbon 30MM, 29″TyresMaxxis Aspen 2.25 EXO TRHandlebar and StemSyncros Fraser IC SL Nino EditionGripSyncros SiliconHeadsetSyncros ProTop CapSyncros XR Computer MountSeatpostRockShox Reverb AXS 100mmSaddleSyncros Tofino 1.0BrakesSRAM Level Ultimate BlackboxBrake rotorsSRAM CLX 160mmShifterSRAM XX1 Eagle AXSRear derailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle AXSCassetteSRAM XX1 EagleCrank armsSRAM XX1 Eagle with Quarq power meterChainringSRAM 36TChain GuideSyncrosBottom BracketSRAM DubPedalsRitchey WCS V6Bottle cagesTopeak Shuttle carbon with Race Rocket pumpComputerGarmin Edge 130 Although Schurter has been testing the SRAM Eagle AXS electronic and wireless drivetrain for some time, 2019 is the first year he will be racing the retail ready product. The XX1 Eagle AXS wireless shifter and electronic-shifting rear derailleur are the brain behind the new shifting system. Schurter has been known to ride a 38T chainring for shorter races but in the multi-stage Cape Epic he has elected to race with a 36T chainring, with a Quarq power meter. The RockShox Reverb is also a new AXS product with electronic wireless actuation of the dropper seatpost. Schurter's mechanic has placed a blip button in the left silicone grip allowing him to easily activate the dropper post. A wire runs from the blip into the frame along the brake hose where it connects to a blip box for transmitting the signal to the dropper seatpost. The fork and shock are supplied by the team sponsor, RockShox. The RockShox shock uses the NUDE technology that Scott favours for their three-position TwinLoc lockout system. The fork appears to be something new from RockShox, the label reads SID Ultimate. The team was shy on information about this model but we are speculating that it might be an upgraded model on the SID World Cup. The RockShox SID Ultimate. Schurter rides his signature Syncros Fraser handlebar and stem combination. The handlebar and stem are integrate into a single carbon component. The cockpit is finished off with a Syncros top cap for mounting Nino's Garmin bike computer and Sahmurai Sword bar end caps concealing tyre plugs. SRAM's Level Ultimate brakes are charged with the task of slowing down the world's fastest cross country rider.
  18. I bought my wife a new scott spart and she was complaining that while she was going around corners it seemed like the tyres were moving on the rims (Alex xc-44). I thought it may be the rocket rons that were fitted, so tried some kenda nevegals that were lying around and has the same response. Not sure if this is due to the narrow internal width of the rim (I think it is 17mm (ETRTO 559x17mm) or the rims weren't stiff enough. We looking at converting her bike to tubeless for Sani, is it worth converting these rims, or should we replace them for something with a wider internal width. She has had quite a few crashes, so wouldn't mind sacrificing a bit of weight for more stability
  19. The first American World Champion for 17 years. Not many had Kate Courtney on their shortlist for a medal at World Championships. Although she won Cape Epic and the US national title in her first year as an elite pro rider, she was considered to be a dark horse only by some optimistic experts that knew about her potential. However, with the ride of her life, she not only surprised her competition but also the whole mountain bike community. The SCOTT-SRAM team trusted in her talent already prior to the World Championships and believes this was just the first spark of a firework to come. Welcome Kate! Born at the base of Mount Tamalpais, Marin California, Kate's home-trails are the ones known to be the first ones in the history of mountain biking. Photos: SCOTTKate is known as a person who knows exactly what she wants and is ready to give 110% to reach her goals. The World Champion title came unexpectedly early even for her, but she did believe in herself at all times and worked hard towards the rainbow stripes. The future will bring a lot of changes to her. New team, new bike and high expectations that come with her status. She explains where she is heading to. "I am very excited to join the SCOTT-SRAM Team. This team represents an incredible opportunity for me to work with the legendary Thomas Frischknecht and ride alongside talented teammates, notably current Men’s World Champion Nino Schurter. The team has a very unique atmosphere which both maintains a champion standard and continues to breed enthusiasm and love for the sport on all levels. I am honoured to have the chance to learn from such knowledgeable individuals with a strong passion for the sport and a wealth of experience chasing big goals and achieving Olympic dreams. With their support and a shared vision for the future, I am eager to get to work and see what we can accomplish together in 2019 and beyond." I am very excited to join the SCOTT-SRAM Team. This team represents an incredible opportunity for me to work with the legendary Thomas Frischknecht and ride alongside talented teammates, notably current Men’s World Champion Nino Schurter. Kate Courtney 2018 World Champion SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing 23-year-old Kate Courtney was born and lives at the birthplace of mountain biking in the San Francisco Bay area, where she also graduated from Stanford University before she set her full focus on the sport. The 2 time US National Champion has quite a palmares in her books. In 2017 she won the U23 overall World Cup and a silver medal at the U23 World Championships. Lars Forster- 2018 European Champion Another strong addition to SCOTT-SRAM is Lars Forster. As most of the Swiss riders, the former U23 World Cup Champion was so far a bit in the shadow of Nino Schurter. At this year's European Championships in Glasgow, he stepped out of this shadow when the sun was shining on him, crossing the line first. At the finish-line at European Championship in Glasgow Lars Forster claims his biggest victory so far. Photos: SCOTT / ego-promotion The all-around talent is currently the Swiss Cyclo-Cross National Champion. Lars is familiar to the World Cup podium and is a top 10 UCI ranked rider. His ambitions match with the ones of Kate. Current Swiss National Champion Lars Forster at the start of his first cyclo-cross race in 2019. The 25-year-old Olympic athlete says: "Developing further towards the Tokyo Olympics, it is a huge benefit to be aside of the Worlds fastest Nino Schurter. Since the beginning of my career, I was dreaming to become a member of the team of Thomas Frischknecht, my idol of my early days. Together we can reach the next level." Developing further towards the Tokyo Olympics, it is a huge benefit to be a side of the Worlds fastest Nino Schurter. Since the beginning of my career, I was dreaming of becoming a member of the team of Thomas Frischknecht, my idol in my early days. Together we can reach the next level. Lars Forster, 2018 European Champion SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing Team director Thomas Frischknecht knows Lars Forster very well. Lars not only lives very close to the team headquarters, he is also a training buddy of Andri Frischknecht and close friends with Yanick-the-Mechanic Gyger. After all this time the team is super excited to welcome Lars to the family. Swiss Athlete of the Year- N1NO Schurter Team leader Nino Schurter can look back to another wonderful season. One of his greatest achievements in his career was just recently reached. He is the first mountain biker in history to be voted Swiss athlete of the year. You might think for an Olympic, World and World Cup champion that this isn't a big deal, but you would be wrong! N1NO was nominated 9 times before getting awarded as the best of the best. Finally, he was ahead of Tennis superstar Roger Federer and cross-country skiing legend and Olympic Champion Dario Cologna. Swiss athlete of the year 2018- N1NO Schurter. Photo: Adrian Bretscher The talented 24-year-old Andri Frischknecht completes the men's side of the team. In 2018 he made huge steps towards the top. Two times he reached the Top 10 in the World Cup, at World Championships he placed 13th and at Swiss Nationals he earned a bronze medal. Keep an eye on this young gun! Andri Frischknecht finished twice in Top Ten in 2018. Photo: Sven Martin Unfortunately, SCOTT-SRAM has to say goodbye to two riders. After 4 years with SCOTT-SRAM, Dutch Champion Michiel van der Heijden is looking into a new future. Also Cape Epic winner Matthias Stirnemann will leave the team, he is going to be back with his former team Möbel-Märki. Team director Thomas Frischknecht is super stoked about his future team. He explains: "We are going into the 18th season with this team and the rooster never looked more promising having both World Champions and the European champion in our colours. It's great to have a woman back on the team. Together with our established staff, we are going to have a fun time racing!"
  20. 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)
  21. Hi Guys, I would like some Expert / Experienced Feedback and guidance on this please I am looking to buy a Second hand Scott Aspect 10 It got Hydraulic Brakes, 30 speed, remote lockout air fork. I took a quick ride on it and it feels really nice (Upgrade from my current Silverback Stride 20) Is it a good upgrade? Also dont want to be paying more than they are worth. I am new to this and only ride locally but entered into events coming up so want to be as ready with my gear as can be ANY feedback will be appreciated. Steno
  22. Hello everyone, I want to start riding dirt jumps, but I can't seem to find any stockists. Does anybody know of a stockist in South Africa? Few options I've looked at: Scott Voltage YZ 0.1 Specialized P.3 Canyon Stitched 360° (*) *Only available through shipping, but if someone has it for sale,I'd really like to buy it! Thanks a lot, Oscar
  23. I recently brought the Scott Genius 750 2018 with 27.5 plus tyres. I've been thinking of getting a 29er wheel-set for the bike( even though it fly down the trails with the plus tyres) I was just wondering if someone has tested both wheel-sets on the bike and what the difference feels like. Also if its worth buying a new complete wheelset for the bike? Thanks
  24. Time for something different! this thread is for those who appreciate the welded beauty of aluminium... cause who needs carbon. Thats right. F*** Carbon!!! I'll start us off with my Alu Scott AFD Elite road bike... pic taken this morning on my ride at the cradle.. this is right by the sterkfontein turn...
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