The SCOTT Spark is not only one of the most successful full suspension bikes on the World Cup circuit, it’s also our most popular bike for non-racers. The light and stiff race proven frame design has always appealed to a broad spectrum of riders, from elite Cross-Country and marathon racers to casual enthusiast trail riders. Thanks to numerous tech features, the Spark`s versatility has been in a class of its own for many years.
"The Spark is packed with race dedicated tech features, I couldn't ask for a more race-optimized package."
Nino SchurterOlympic Champion, 5x World Champion & 5x World Cup Champion
The Racing Concept - or RC - is at the center of our brand heritage. SCOTT RC products have equipped the winners of World Cup Overalls, World Championships and Olympic medals. The Spark frame platform contains a dedicated RC collection which comprises of the lightest and most race-driven mountain bikes SCOTT has ever built.
Thanks to the Boost standard, all our 1x-optimized RC frames are even stiffer than ever before. The new RC family consists of five high-end, race-dedicated full-suspension models, all with 29” wheel size geometry. RC models come with 100 mm of travel.
Our approach with the new Spark was fairly simple – the frame built to suit the best of the best also had to suit everybody. The technologies utilized in the new Spark platform will push the bike’s boundaries again and make this latest iteration the greatest yet. Yet despite the Spark’s visual simplicity, the bike is loaded with technical features and details. The frame includes a host of minute, exquisitely detailed technical solutions which in total make it one of the best overall cross-country full suspension packages.
The HMX-SL and HMX frames are optimized for 1x drivetrains only and therefore dedicated to race-oriented riders. The HMF line-up is designed and optimized around a double chain ring setup. These models can, however, accomodate a single chainring configuration.
Routing the cables internally avoids bulky external hardware and looks cleaner. Due to the improved protection, the cables have a longer lifetime.
The new Spark chain guide weighs in at just 23 grams, is easy to assemble thanks to a smart mounting system and can accommodate 30T to 36T chainrings.
The new Spark dropouts are designed to be integrated on the thru-axle system thanks to a hollow tube design that allows a simple and lightweight structure.
On the new Spark, we introduce a specific brake mount anchored directly to the chain stay and the wheel axle. Thanks to this solution, the carbon structure is cleaner and lighter and the flexion of the rear triangle on the brake side is not inhibited. The new brake mount is available for 160mm and 180mm rotors.
The shock body now extends between the two lower mounting bolts which results in more stroke for the same eye to eye length. The Trunnion standard also offers structural gains. The shorter shock enables a very compact frame and shock package, which integrates tightly to the seat tube.
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. Thanks to the new simplicity of the construction, we save 130g.
The Spark carbon linkage is constructed with a compression moulding process. It’s 37g lighter than the aluminium equivalent and half the weight of the previous Spark linkage.
(incl. shock and hardware) Spark RC 900 SL. 110g lighter than the old platform.
1.3° slacker HT angle13 mm shorter CS lenghtSteeper ST angle
17 mm longer reach17 mm lower stack10 mm lower frontLower Standover
Offers a system with best bump sensitivity and bottom-out resistance
as well as good mid-stroke support.
The benchmark weight of 1779 gr was not only achieved by utilizing the lightest and most exclusive carbon fibers but also thanks to our sophisticated carbon lay-up process.
Thanks to our proprietary EvoLap-Technology, we are able simulate different forces on a virtual frame model and adjust frame construction accordingly. This allows us to build frames
The race-dedicated frames of the Spark RC Series are designed for 1x-only drivetrains in order to deliver the most rigid and lightweight bikes to racers. The Spark Series can accommodate both 1x and 2x drivetrains to meet the needs of recreational riders.
The Boost Technology results in increased wheel stiffness and improved tire clearance. 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.
Thanks to a single pivot rocker link layout with a Trunnion shock mount, the new Spark offers sensitive characteristics at the beginning of the travel, the perfect support from sag point onwards plus an optimized end progression.
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.
We worked together with Syncros to develop the SL components line that follows the same philosophy of our new bikes:
Photography: Michal Cerveny, Jochen Haar, Grant Gunderson, Fred Leiser