Welcome to Sun Valley, Idaho, home of Scott Bicycles, ScottWeek 2011, and hundreds of amazing trails.
What better way to test out the new Spark than a few days of epic rides? No epic ride is complete without at least one creek crossing. We went through dozens... - Photo by Scott Markewitz
Traction mode engaged. It was a long haul to the top both days we rode the Spark. Having the option to reduce travel helped us reach the summit a little more efficiently. - Photo by Scott Markewitz
Riding the Spark high above Sun Valley, across several different types of terrain. - Photo by Scott Markewitz
Adrian from Scott gets his shred on. - Photo by Scott Markewitz
With the bike in the low bb, slack head tube angle, and full travel settings, it was time to rip down several thousand feet of hard-earned elevation. The Spark ate it up. - Photo by Scott Markewitz
We'd like to give a shout out to Scott and Sun Valley for hosting an incredible week of events as part of the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival. The area is truly a great mountain bike destination, and we plan on coming back for 2012.
After a few long days of work aboard the 2012 Scott Spark, the crew gathered round the campfire to share stories and brews. - Photo by Scott Markewitz
While in Sun Valley, Scott introduced us to the 2012 Scott Spark, a performance oriented cross-country rig that's capable of keeping up with its longer travel brothers on the way down. Shown here in the 26-inch RC model.
Shown here on the 29er version, the Spark features a tapered head tube for increased stiffness, safety, confidence, and control.
Scott’s TwinLoc system allows you to easily choose between Lockout, Traction, and Full mode suspension options via this handlebar-mounted switch.
The Nude2 is a completely new shock with an improved air spring and damping system over its predecessor. Both travel modes have separate damper settings relative to their travel length and effective forces. It's also important to note that the stroke remains constant between all modes.
For reference, suspension travel modes and ranges are printed on the top tube. Much like the 26-inch version, the 29er goes from 0-70-100mm of travel.
The RockShox DNA3 fork is made exclusively for Scott, and offers the same functions as the Nude2 shock. As HB mentions in the audio, with one lever you have total control of the shock and fork simultaneously. Just like the shock, the stroke remains the same in all modes.
On the Spark RC, the DNA3 system is housed in a RockShox SID RLT3.
The Spark has adjustable geometry via this chip in the linkage. By flipping it from high to low, you drop the bottom bracket height by 7mm, which also slackens the head tube angle by 0.5 degrees.
The Spark frame is built using IMP5 carbon technology, which makes for a very stiff front end.
Increasing the pivot diameter better manages loads, and in turn increases the lateral stiffness of the frame.
Interchangeable and lightweight, the IDS-SL dropout system works with 142x12mm, 135x12mm and 135x9mm QR rear axle standards.
Internal cable routing is a nice finishing touch on this frame.
The RC model is paired with Ritchey WCS carbon components...
... and a SRAM XX group, making it a race worthy bike (if that's your thing, of course).
2x10 gearing encourages you to keep the pace up. Momentum is your friend with this Truvativ / SRAM XX gearing combo.
One last look before the sun goes down...
Two days of epic rides in under two minutes.