First Ride – Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup

Nino Schurter is one of the most recognizable names in mountain biking with his multiple Olympic podiums and World Cup wins. While most of his success is attributed to his dedication and hard work, his Scott Spark 900 RC is definitely worth talking about. For 2018 Scott has revamped the Spark RC 900 World Cup as a replica of Nino’s bike.

Scott has several levels of the Spark ranging in quality of the carbon fiber, the RC 900 uses their HMX layup in the main frame and rear triangle with full internal cable routing. The geometry is very progressive with a slack 68.5-degree head angle.

 The Spark sports 100mm of front and rear travel with an inverted, trunnion mounted Fox Nude shock and RockShox SID RLC with 3-position dampers. Controlling the suspension is Scott’s TwinLoc remote with an integrated lock ring for the grip.

Wrapping up the build kit is a full SRAM Eagle drivetrain with a 32-tooth front ring and SRAM Level TLM brakes.

Scott included a small chain guide for a little extra insurance. We swapped out the 32-tooth ring for an oval 34-tooth Wolf Tooth that we will be putting some time.

We are pretty familiar with RockShox’s new SID and are running 20% sag with two bottomless tokens. Even though we only have one ride, we can’t imagine we will changing these settings.

For our first ride we ran 25% sag in the shock with the HSR dial set in the middle. Setting up the shock we noticed that this design is very sensitive to air pressure changes and will take some more time to tweak.

After the first ride the biggest stand out was the geometry. The position is fairly aggressive, but the slack head angle makes it feel more like a trail bike than an “all business” XC race machine, which we would consider a positive. Even though we are early in the testing stages, there is no doubt this bike is fast.

We are fans of remotes, especially with XC bikes, but the 3-position TwinLoc has a pretty long throw to the firmest setting.

With only one ride in the bag, we are impressed with the pedaling platform (even in the softest shock setting) and descending capability.

Keep an eye out for a full review and write up.