Compared to the previous iteration, this one is slacker, has longer reach, shorter chainstays and a steeper seat angle. We really wanted geometry figures that would balance out the long front end for more stable descending. What we've ended up with is a bike that climbs like a bat out of hell and gets you down the mountain faster than you can say "dropping!" After years of testing different options, these numbers are a result of taking everything we want out of a bike for the trails we ride, and building it.
Our suspension kinematic brings perfect balance and control to the platform. Using our Virtual Four Link design, we have honed our suspension feel, pedaling and braking response to work with maximum efficiency and in harmony with our TwinLoc Suspension System. Our kinematic suspension curve gives supple small bump sensitivity and therefore exceptional traction characteristics, perfect support in the mid-stroke and a controlled deep stroke for predictable and comfortable bottom outs. Specific pivot placements ensures efficient pedaling that drives the bike forwards like a startled greyhound and neutral braking that strikes a perfect balance between rider comfort and control, chassis stability and rear wheel traction. From the XC racer, to the downhill enthusiast, the kinematic brings improvements and advantages in all areas and gives a solid fundamental basis for a bike for all riders and all conditions.
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. 38mm (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 mainpivot, 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 stiffness 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.
Classic E-Bike systems use a speed sensor consisting of a magnet fixed onto a spoke of the rear wheel and the sensor itself normally located on the left chainstay. This sensor gives information to the drive unit regarding the speed which is crucial for assist management. That's why; we've developed a patented magnet mount to improve the system's integration and reliability. The magnet has been integrated into the lock ring of the Shimano rotor and the sensor is fixed in the left dropout. As a result the sensor and the magnet, compared with more traditional positioning, are now more integrated and protected from impact and dirt- both normal consequences of off road riding.
Direct integration into the lock ring
Scott patented solution
Improved assist management
Frame - Alloy Frame / Virtual 4 link kinematic VLK
Fork - FOX 36 Rhythm Air Grip 3
Shock - FOX Float EVOL Performace Trunnion 3 modes
Drivetrain - FOX 36 Rhythm Air Grip 3
Brakes - Shimano BR-MT520 Disc 203mm F&R / SM-RT64 CL Rotor
Motor - Shimano STEPS E8000 250W
Battery - 500Wh Battery
Display - 500Wh Battery
Frame - Alloy Frame / Virtual 4 link kinematic VLK 27.5"" and 29"" compatible / geo adj. / Boost 148x12mm 150mm travel / Shimano E-8000 Integr. DT Battery Tapered Headtube E2, Central Kickstand Mount
Fork - FOX 36 Rhythm Air Grip 3 / 3-Modes / 15x110mm QR axle tapered steerer / Reb. Adj. / Lockout / 150mm travel
Shock - FOX Float EVOL Performace Trunnion 3 modes / Lockout-Trail-Descend DPS / Reb. Adj. Travel 150mm / 185x55mm
Number of Gears - 12 Speed
Shifters - SRAM NX Eagle Single Click
Chainset - Shimano STEPS FC-E8000 / 165mm / 34T
Chainrings - SRAM Eagle 34T / Alloy
Cassette - SRAM PG1230 / 11-50 T
Chain - SRAM NX Eagle
Front Derailleur - n/a
Rear Derailleur - SRAM NX Eagle / 12 Speed
Bottom Bracket - n/a
Pedals - None
Rims - Syncros X-30S / 32H / 30mm / Sleeve Joint Tubeless ready
Front Hub - Shimano HB-MT400-B CL / 15x110mm
Rear Hub - Shimano FH-MT400-B CL / Boost 12x148mm
Front Tyre - Front: Schwalbe MagicMary Snake Skin / TL-Easy / Apex / Addix Soft Rear: Schwalbe Hans Dampf Snake Skin / TL-Easy / Apex / Addix Speedgrip 700 Series: 27.5x2.8"" / 900 Series: 29x2.6""
Rear Tyre - Front: Schwalbe MagicMary Snake Skin / TL-Easy / Apex / Addix Soft Rear: Schwalbe Hans Dampf Snake Skin / TL-Easy / Apex / Addix Speedgrip 700 Series: 27.5x2.8"" / 900 Series: 29x2.6""
Front Brake - Shimano BR-MT520 Disc 203mm F&R / SM-RT64 CL Rotor
Rear Brake - Shimano BR-MT520 Disc 203mm F&R / SM-RT64 CL Rotor
Brake Levers - Shimano BL-MT501
Handlebars - Syncros FL2.0 Steps mini Riser / Alloy 6061 12mm rise / 9° / 760mm Syncros Pro lock-on grips
Grips - n/a
Headset - Syncros FL2.0 Press Fit E2 / Tapered 1.5""-1 1/8"" OD 50/62mm / ID 44/56mm
Stem - Syncros FL2.0 / 6061 Alloy integrated Spacer & Top Cup / 31.8mm / 6° / 1 1/8""
Saddle - Syncros Tofino 2.0 / CRMO rails
Seatpost - Syncros Dropper 2.5 / Remote 31.6mm / S size 100mm / M, L & XL 125mm
Post Clamp - n/a
Weight - 23.80Kg