First Look: All New 2022 Scott Spark - The Next Generation of Integration

Jun 9, 2021
by Henry Quinney  


Olympic years often mean new XC bikes as brands pull out all the stops to give their racers the most advanced tool for arguably the biggest prize in cross-country racing.

The Spark, now in its fourth generation, was initially launched in 2008. Since then its won several World Championships, a pile of World Cups and even Olympic golds.

With that in mind, Scott introduces the all-new, completely redesigned Spark product range. The range includes the RC race bike, the 900 trail bike, and the Contessa, as ridden by Kate Courtney This bike immediately looks very different from its predecessor, but that's not to say it doesn't look like anything else.
Scott Spark RC & 900 Details

• Wheel size: 29"
• Rear travel: 120mm
• Carbon or aluminum frame
• Integrated suspension design
• RC head angle: 67.2-degrees
• 900 head angle w/130mm fork: 65.8-degrees
• Sizes: S-XL
Spark RC
Spark 900

It's an obvious nod to Bold Cycles, a Swiss company Scott bought a majority stake of in May 2019. While this may well share some of the same design cues as the Bold, it's an all-new bike that incorporates them.

The 900 is a trail focused version of the Spark

There is also the Contessa.

New Shock Mounting

The derivative nature of this design from Bold, which was a very recognisable design, plus the racing heritage of the Spark lineage means this bike has a lot to live up to. So, what's new? Well, let us start with the elephant in the room.


The shock, which is driven by a single pivot layout that uses a flex pivot, is hidden entirely within the frame. Scott are confident, however, that they've managed to incorporate the shock in such a way that's it's not just easy to work on but also to live with. The bike comes with easily removable covers should you need to take the shock out the frame as well as a sag indicator to help you achieve your best setup without having to reach for the tools. The frame bearings also have an additional seal to ward off dirt and grime.

There is an entry port to access the hardware and a sag indicator.

The removable shock cover.

The setup, which Scott refer to as Integrated Suspension Technology, not only allows for extra room in the front triangle for two water bottles but also, Scott claim, yields performance gains by allowing the weight of the shock and its associated hardware to sit lower within the frame, which then in turn reduces the height of the center of gravity. They also say that this setup is also laterally stiffer thanks to the trunnion mount as well as larger bearings in the seat tube pivot.

Scott decided to treat the frame into halves, the lighter section and the lower part, which is reinforced to keep the center of gravity lower while also ensuring a stiff platform for the suspension.

Scott wanted to keep a similar pedaling position between the RC, which is the all out race bike, and the 900, which is more trail friendly. They wanted both bikes to have the same feel and acceleration, but also to build two different bikes that could both make good on their intentions. To do this the frames have a built in angle-adjust headset. This means you can combine the slacker setting with a longer fork on the 900 or run something shorter and steeper for XC racing.


Geometry

The two iterations of the Spark, the RC and the 900, share the same frame, but thanks to the headset adjustment can both have head angles to suit their intention while leaving many of their other dimensions relatively unchanged. For instance, the RC has a head angle of 67.2 degrees and a seat tube angle that is around 76.4 (+/- 0.5 depending on the size). The 900, the trail bike which has a 10mm longer fork, has a head angle of 65.8 and a seat tube angle that is merely 0.2 slacker. The wheelbase does grow marginally on the 900, and the amount that it grows is dependent on the size, but for a size large there is a 15mm change. Everything else stays largely unchanged. The adjustment of the headset can be achieved without the removal of any cables or anything needing to be re-bled. I commend this approach.

The RC, the XC race bike.

The 900, the trail bike.

New Integrated Handlebar and Twinloc

Bar
Bar

The new bike comes with a new integrated bar and stem from Syncros - the Fraser iC Combo. The bar was designed to be used in conjunction with the bike. The idea is that the cables can flow underneath the bar and around the sides of the stem before disappearing down the edges of the head tube. The bars and stem also feature multiple options for ultra-sleek mounting options for a GPS or lights. There is also quite a nice rear axle assembly that doubles up as a multi-tool.

Three's a crowd. Twinlock plus a dropper certainly gives designers a challenge but I think Scott make a good fist of it.

Models and Availability

The alloy Spark 950, 960 and 970 will have the same features as their carbon siblings, but at a lower cost.

The entry level alloy Spark 970 and the mid-range carbon Spark 940.

The Spark RC, which is only available in carbon has racing firmly in its sights. This is the entry level Comp build.

For more information please visit the RC product page or the 900 product page on Scott's website

The all-new Spark product range will be available for sale starting in September/October.


437 Comments

  • 464 4
 Now that is what I call a BOLD design right there
  • 275 5
 It's a BOLD strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for 'em.
  • 35 3
 Boldly go where no one has gone before...
  • 24 58
flag usedbikestuff (Jun 9, 2021 at 7:20) (Below Threshold)
 @BEERandSPOKES: this wins the Internet for 6/9/2021. Try again tomorrow folks
  • 248 3
 This will be great for sram sponsored riders, they can run fox without anyone being able to tell. hehe
  • 95 3
 I think the real question here is.. Will it fit a coil?
  • 104 4
 Doesn't look like a Session.
  • 4 1
 @BEERandSPOKES: Ohh Man, RIGHT IN THE BEEK!
  • 5 3
 Guess they Unplugged the law office phone.
  • 23 2
 Scott actually is a majority shareholder of Bold Cycles so I'm not too surprised to see some design cues transferred to the new Spark
  • 17 5
 a design that i'm sure will catch on about as well as TwinLoc and integrated stem/bars did
  • 6 2
 @shinook: think it's about time for an Open Integrated Standard. Open most standards, really.
One that everyone can improve upon.

Good for the customer, may even be good for the companies.

Like the USB of bike tech. the Universal mech hanger is a good start.
  • 2 0
 @danielfloyd: you beat me lol
  • 4 1
 I did get quite a shock when I saw that
  • 1 0
 @kcy4130: yess lol
  • 399 0
 I may need to grab one of these so that I can tell my bike-clueless buddies that I'm crushing them on descents with a hardtail.
  • 535 1
 How did we not think of that added value?
  • 112 15
 Or like me, they'll think it's an Ebike at first glance due to the pregnant BB area, then wonder why ur so slow.
  • 35 6
 @SCOTT-Sports: You probably are kinder to your friends and didn't spend the Avid BB7 cable actuated brake era pulling out the multi-tool to move their brake pads toward the rotors when they went off to pee in the woods.
  • 76 1
 @SCOTT-Sports: Your ad team should be hired entirely from the PB comment section. Nothing could go wrong.
  • 10 3
 @SCOTT-Sports:

I think @OriginalDonk deserves some marketing $$ right there!
  • 7 6
 @jrocksdh:
Looks nothing like one...
I wish ebikes looked this good though.
  • 3 4
 @jrocksdh:
This ^^^.

(=the MAJOR serious downside is that is most absolutely DOES have that pregnant down tube junction / e-bike vibe. No doubt.)
  • 3 0
 @jeremy3220: That would probably make Scott go bankrupt as new hires would most likely send out a Gambler for every looks like a Session comment !
  • 1 0
 @SCOTT-Sports:
Could the spark take a pinion gearbox?
  • 2 0
 They might claim it's an e-bike. Wink
  • 2 3
 @SCOTT-Sports: Aesthetically, it looks great. But dislike the wider q factor. Dislike the internal routing. Servicing a headset will be a nightmare, which is pretty important on a MTB ridden on muddy dirt trails. Shouldn't have to cut brake cables, but here we are. Also, the front opening port by the BB is asking to be smashed and rattle.
  • 2 3
 @SCOTT-Sports: Removing the cover to check shock air pressure could become a hassle. What happens when flap rattles or falls off? Will Scott issue lifetime replacement?
  • 1 0
 @ChristoLouis03: I was thinking the same thing. Integrate the gears & the next model can be 50% more integration & cleaner lines. The increase in the weight will keep in line with later bikes. I got a new bike a few years back that reviews & comments called 'no lightweight' & 'looks like an e-bike' but most bikes of similar travel since then coming in 200g lighter or even heavier get 'lightweight' or 'you don't notice the extra weight because of the way it handles & you'll be too busy grinning'.
  • 211 1
 SRAM AXS taketh away cables, Scott giveth them back
  • 9 23
flag singletrackslayer (Jun 9, 2021 at 9:39) (Below Threshold)
 Looks like Courtney did it right and threw the AXS Reverb on there. She's smart, Scott dumb.
  • 33 1
 @singletrackslayer:

I wonder why every bike doesn’t have an $800 dropper.
  • 2 4
 @hllclmbr: Yea, gotta watch those pennies. {Looks away from $700 AXS rear derailleur and $450 cassette...}
  • 119 2
 From www.pinkbike.com/news/scott-now-own-a-majority-share-in-bold-cycles.html

"don't expect this announcement to mean we will see a hidden shock Scott any time soon"

I guess 2 years is not "any time soon."
  • 2 0
 So just the next generation, pretty sure the old one was ready to get released
  • 11 2
 “We spoke to Scott about the move and they were adamant that the two companies will not crossover on R&D or management”
- I’m looking forward to the next thing Scott is adamant won’t be happening!
  • 5 2
 I wonder if Bold has some sort of patent on an internal mounted shock... Scott have likely had this frame in development for some time. Management may have decided buying a controlling interest in Bold was easier than either paying royalties or getting into some legal battle.
  • 98 0
 Me: Carbon really is letting designers innovate
Scott: Here's the aluminium version that looks identical
Me: wtf - seriously impressive - and cheaper too, how is that even possible!
  • 12 0
 Seriously! And in all likelihood it's no cheaper for them to produce, that's some serious fabrication.
  • 21 1
 Pure awesome. And the best paint out of any bike brand I’ve seen so far. Hardly a logo or stripe to be found, super classy. This is innovation!!
  • 14 4
 It proves how much Specialized sucks for not selling an aluminum Epic and just wanting more $$$$

Scott made the aluminum bike look amazing though
  • 4 0
 @bwelch22: To Specialized's credit, they did come out with that one-sided Demo in aluminum, which was no easy feat (esp for DH bikes which at this point are a loss leader).
  • 6 0
 I wonder what the additional weight of the aluminium frame will be?
  • 2 0
 @IMeasureStuff: I wonder what the weight of any of them will be. The last-gen Spark was among the lightest frames out there
  • 4 1
 I don't have a clue how they pulled it off (well, ya, kinda); all while still focusing on aesthetics, and ease of ownership.
Kudos to them for pulling it off, this honestly moves the bike game forward; just like Cannon with the Lefty, back in the day...
  • 11 1
 @IMeasureStuff: There are three full carbon fibre models:

HMX-SL: 1,807g
HMX: 1,990g
HMF: 2,150g
There is one mixed carbon fibre and alloy model:

HMF mainframe and 6011 alloy swing arm: 2,590g
And there is one full 6011 alloy frame:

Alloy SL 6011: 2,990g
  • 1 0
 @moefosho: With shock?
  • 5 0
 @moefosho:

That’s a pound and a half difference, in freedom units, between the cheapest carbon and the aluminum version.
  • 3 2
 @bwelch22: I don’t know if the flex stay design would work with aluminum.
  • 2 0
 @MaplePanda: Yeah, but it looks like they have pulled it off. There is a picture of it in article above. Its the orange bike, and you can see the welds on the swing arm.
  • 1 0
 @MaplePanda: the current rear triangle is flex stay. When I took the upper pivot bolts out the stay is "preloaded" to start the flexing already? I rode a Spark710 plus a few years ago & it can rip.
  • 3 0
 @IMeasureStuff @Chonky13 I was referring to the Epic. Maybe it uses a different suspension layout or something that makes the seat stay pivot need to flex more in comparison? I briefly owned a 2017 aluminum Spark and it was an awesome bike.
  • 1 2
 @MaplePanda: The alloy version needs a horst link.
  • 89 6
 Bike looks good, but I swear the Twinlock lever is getting sillier with each iteration.
  • 6 3
 Fox 3 position lever and let the fork be!
  • 9 0
 Absolute winner on this one
Do they want us to grow a second thumb on the left hand?
  • 48 0
 They could add the fourth lever that doesn't do anything. You know, just for a goof..
  • 3 0
 @pakleni: They really need a forth lever to actuate that saddle angle altering device (Anyone remember what it's called?). Four levers, Four!
  • 1 0
 @kcy4130: no, they will just integrate that with the suspension lever, so if you want a stiff suspension and low saddle at the same time.. you're screwed
  • 29 5
 This is getting ridiculous. Its a rats nest of cables.

I'm guessing their is a fair overlap of people who truly demand a remote lockout and people who run a power meter. I'm going to get with my electrical engineer friend and see if we can make an ANT+ (or whatever the latest power meter standard is) remote electric lockout. All it will do will be to listen to your power meter, and if you're putting out power over a certain threshold (tunable via an app or something) it locks out your suspension. Thats it. No $3,000 Live Valve system or $600 wireless remote button. Just listen to ANT+ and lockout. I bet I could manufacture it for under $100, and sell it for $300.
  • 19 0
 Put 5 on the motherfucker, That way I can practice my flamenco scales
  • 4 0
 Gotta figure SRAM/RS has AXS fork/shock lockouts in the works. That’d make this (and all XC lockout scenarios) a hell of a lot easier to live with. One button to drop the seat and unlock the suspension!
  • 9 0
 @Drew-O: Not sure I want the suspension locked every time the seat is up, but I'm sure they're up to something.
  • 2 0
 @noapathy: Fair point; maybe seat up=“trail mode” suspension, seat down= full open, separate button for full lockout? Anyway AXS suspension integration would allow some pretty cool customization options!
  • 1 0
 Yeah I don't get mashing it all together. I put mine on the top right and its very convenient there leaving the dropper lever uncluttered. Maybe racers need to keep it off the right side but top left would be just as good and either is better than that mess.
  • 4 0
 @hamncheez:

Nope. You need an inclinometer too. I put out some of my highest peak watts on DH sections, and definitely don’t want to be surprise locked out then.
  • 2 1
 @hllclmbr: For XC racing? On 100mm of travel?
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez:

It wouldn't have to be even a power meter, just a simple ANT+ or BT cadence sensor: If the system reads any significant cadence for a second or more => lockout.
  • 1 0
 @Vertti83: can't sell it for as much if its that simple!
  • 1 0
 120/115 endurance xc race bike though, not 100
  • 1 0
 This looks like a definite improvement over the current design
  • 1 0
 They moved the dropper lever down under the bar so you don’t have to put your thumb in an un-natural position above the bars yo lower/raise your saddle. How is this sillier than the previous version? Looks great to me!
  • 84 2
 Can’t wait to see what dangerholm does to this one
  • 3 0
 Was looking for this comment hahaha
  • 3 0
 Not much left to do yeah?!? SUPER CLEAN
  • 2 0
 I bet he had a hand in the hose routing on this one...
  • 5 0
 He teased the new spark, then posted its release this morning on insta. I suspect hes an official Scott ambassador now.
  • 5 0
 I bet that a polished shock will look super nice hidden inside the frame
  • 3 0
 @hamncheez: I thought he had been for a while now?
  • 48 0
 You know they did something unique when you can't quite figure out how to react.
  • 10 0
 Exactly. Speechless. Angry and elated. All the emotions.
  • 44 3
 Sexy as hell!
  • 10 75
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Jun 9, 2021 at 9:15) (Below Threshold)
 Looks alot like an e bike, which puts it in the cool-looking bike category!
  • 36 3
 Holy crap that bike is sick! Geometry looks spot on! The new generation of xc bikes are really sweet
  • 5 0
 Was thinking the same thing, on paper they've nailed it... I guess that's the reason for n+1, very interested to see the reviews
  • 32 0
 It looks gorgeous, impossibly clean... love to see some reviews, especially long term.
  • 11 4
 Impossibly clean until they see Medusa curled up and ready to strike by the front brake
  • 11 0
 I still wonder why we don't have the hydraulic brake lines come out right at the base of the clamp right next to the bar instead of out at the end of the lever where cables had to come out of mechanical brakes. Seems like designers put them there because that's where they were. It would be more like road bike brakes cables I guess. Tape them right to the bar.
  • 9 0
 We've got test bikes somewhere in the postal ether between Fribourg, Squamish, and Bellingham. We're looking forward to doing some long term testing!
  • 29 1
 Damn. This is actual progression and invention in the industry. I don't know if I'd ride it, but I'd be curious. And I like that the shock won't have any debris or dust compromising its performance.
  • 8 0
 I had a Spark for a little while over the winter, and even the old "outdated" version was an absolute rocket. This one looks super sick... Scott has definitely stepped it up a notch.
  • 2 2
 Now I'm curious what your thoughts on the Supercaliber are.
  • 1 0
 @TrekXCFactoryRacing: I think it's rad that y'all repurposed a Fox 36 stanchion for the shock 'body'. Cool bike. Not something I'm as curious to try though. I'd rather race a Top Fuel.
  • 26 1
 Scott’s industrial design is usually always on point. This is a great example of it.
  • 17 3
 you meant bold‘s design Wink
  • 9 2
 @striveCF15: nah. It may be a Bold layout, but the industrial design is pure Scott.
  • 8 25
flag caste1200 (Jun 9, 2021 at 7:44) (Below Threshold)
 @Afterschoolsports: HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA
  • 9 0
 @Afterschoolsports: what is industrial design for you here? The decals, or the frame's profile?

The latter is 98% Bold...
www.boldcycles.com/shop/bikes
  • 7 2
 @FloImSchnee: You're referring to engineering and patents.
Industrial Design is the beautiful balance between engineering integration, user experience and s*x appeal.
@Afterschoolsports is actually speaking of that and I believe is saying it right that the new Spark has the right amount of stunning engineering behind a clean nice looking skin, plus cool user-friendly features.
  • 3 0
 in the automotive world this would be the facelift equivalent model

its a bold that's had a facelift and a bit of ergonomic / production engineering , industrial design ...if that means shit we cant get round the patent lets buy the company then put our design language on it your probably correct.
  • 3 0
 Except, I followed the link to the 900 website, and on the photos there they have TURD written on the downtube. Who thought that was a good idea?
  • 2 0
 @striveCF15: Couldn't agree more. This frame has Bold founder Vincenz Droux written all over it, no doubt. And indeed, he is Industrial Designer by training.
  • 1 0
 @qblambda: maybe he meant the 3 remotes on the left… that‘s really totally typical scott-design Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Scott is one of the few companies globally where you can see the design influence permeating through the entire bike portfolio, frame surface development to CMF and component selection. This is indeed a very good example. To pull this off you need to have a strong staff, a strong design point of view. I'd look at that Bold site, but it doesn't work.
  • 2 0
 @SJP: the guy leaving the marketing department
  • 25 2
 WOW, I need this. I could finally ride a SR Suntour shock!
  • 2 3
 What does this have to do with anything? Did I miss this bike running a Edge or DuAir? I love my Tri-Air, best shock I've ever ridden.
  • 19 0
 @bmied31: because it would be hidden and you wouldn't have to hear about riding suntour
  • 3 0
 @RonSauce: haha right on, just embrace it man. These people don't know what they are missing with the high end suntour stuff. Great value, easy to service, awesome performance. I'd take my Tri-Air/Auron Combo over any Kashima shit.
  • 2 1
 Nobody has ever said anything to me about my Durolux. I wouldn't want to live in that alternate universe where other riders come up and start dissing my gear. It actually did happen to my friend when he was riding a 2003 Bullitt last year, but that guy was a we made fun of that guy and his shuttle-driving mom for the following three rides.
  • 1 0
 @AndrewHornor: sounds kinda like you don't know which universe you are in.
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: With everyone running full black RS/FOX forks with few kashima exceptions a friend recently commented my white Auron with bright stanchions simply looks majestic!
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: because I missed one word and a period? You can insert your insult of choice in that spot. Enjoy choosing your own adventure!
  • 2 0
 @AndrewHornor: no, because you claimed this is something that never happens and followed it up with an example of it happening to you then followed that with an example of you doing it to someone else.
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: ok I do see the irony there, thanks for checking my blind spot.

I will maintain though, that is the only time it ever happened to me. And there's a difference between mocking a stranger's bike to their face and mocking a stranger's mildly sociopathic behaviour behind their back. Everyone has the option to be kind, but not everyone has the option to own an expensive bike.
  • 22 0
 The sag indicator on the seat tube / link is an elegant solution. More manufacturers should do this, hidden shock or not...
  • 3 0
 have had a few over the years, current evil has it and so did my cannondale. agree it should be more widespread.
  • 2 0
 I guess if you are setting sag you will need the doors open to attach the pump so might as well use the o-ring while you're in there. Neat for a quick pre-ride check but you'd still need to get someone else to read it while you do the sitting.
  • 1 0
 Bmc does it too
  • 1 0
 Yeah….my old Rocky Element RSL from 2011 had also a little red marking for the right sag. Cool feature
  • 20 2
 Nice looking bike, but my brain would only focus on the lack of uniformity of the decimal separator on those geo charts. Comma or period, choose one.
  • 17 0
 Putting in my order for 2024
  • 2 0
 *not available until 2025.
  • 15 0
 this is brilliant dual purpose design, once the oil leaks out of the shock at least it will keep the BB lubed up
  • 1 0
 Exactly my thought mate. Kills 2 birds with one stone...
  • 13 2
 Hidden shock, hidden cables and angle-adjust headset... am I the only one wondering why these aesthetic or aero features would be prioritized over weight. XCO is surely the cycling discipline where weight matters most, so this seems a strange logic - and I did notice that they mentioned nothing about weight in their releases.
  • 5 3
 Yeah all those features are there to sell bikes, not to win races. The only functional advantage they tout is getting two bottles in the front triangle. That and lower CG, but no one has ever proved why lower CG is good for a bicycle.
  • 6 0
 The weight is mentioned in Scott's website.
  • 3 0
 @bcmanucd: Lower CG ->lower rotational inertia around the roll axis, lighter steering feel and lean-in. Probably doesn't matter that much because bikes are relatively light, but makes total sense to me intuitively.
  • 3 0
 @bcmanucd: Also lower CG means incrementally more resistant to OTB on steep descent and to front wheel life on steep climbs. Probably slightly harder to wheelie or manual though.
  • 1 1
 @yetiyot: Yeah, I saw it on Brujala Bike's article too. 1870g isn't bad, if that includes the shock. But I still have to assume it could be 150-250g lighter without the hidden shock. And I'm not even going to guess how much weight this adds to the alloy version.

I dropped 100g off my seatpost and could actually notice the difference (granted it's higher up), so I'm still left to wonder how this set-up brings enough advantage to be more valuable than the weight loss that was presumably left on the table.
  • 11 0
 *guy tapping head meme* If Scott bike is called the spark. And they upgraded the fork. And the bike is now useful for multiple categories by combining trail and xc and downcountry.

...do we call it the spork?
  • 1 0
 All in favor say "I".
  • 13 1
 I know it wouldn't be a TLA, but Shock Hiding Integration Technology Would have been great!
  • 6 0
 Scott are far too serious for that. Expect it on the next Transition Spur.
  • 6 0
 @AyJayDoubleyou: still bummed that Transition went away from completely optimized carbon kinematics & basically aligned linear linkage suspension...
  • 14 2
 This will be the cleanest looking full suspension bike, when dangerholm makes it without cables.
  • 13 2
 I always thought that heat was the enemy of shock damping - is the lack of any cooling air at all a concern?
  • 12 1
 New schwalbe tire? Havent seen a wicked will before
  • 2 0
 Wicked Will used to be in the line up in 2010 or so... so maybe an update?
  • 3 0
 @jmusuperman: i checked on enduromag and its a new tire, prob just re-using the name, same as they did with Big betty
  • 1 0
 @jmusuperman: It is so new even Schwalbe does not know:
www.schwalbe.com/WICKED-WILL-WICKED-WILL
  • 1 0
 There's a simple explanation - the tyre was new when the photos were taken back in 2010.
  • 13 3
 It is like a giraffe to me. It is nice and amazing, but I would not like to have one at home.
  • 12 0
 I think, if I modified the staircase a bit, he could live in the basement, and still be able to watch TV with me in the living room.
  • 2 0
 @Rogerolini: just be careful. They can swing around their freakin' necks notoriously when they are about to puke. And I'm not talking about hangover time, but them creatures being picky about fodder. Wink
  • 8 0
 Finally a bike where the press fit BB is the least of my concerns.
  • 4 0
 I guess I'll be the first to say it, but this looks like an e-bike with that very chunky bottom bracket frame section shaped the way it is.
Also, I'm not sure how much I'd like to have three levers stacked like that; I think I would mix up which one I needed to use.
  • 2 0
 You'd be a liability driving stick Wink
  • 1 0
 @juanny: You'd think, but I'm actually quite proficient with a stick. Now if the car with the manual transmission had the pedals really close together and the width of the pedals was quite narrow, I may in fact have some issues. That is more equivalent to the stacked levers on this bike.
  • 5 0
 Stoked to see something different! I'm sure it works well given Scott's XC racing background, hats off!
  • 6 0
 Axs lockout must be in the pipeline.
  • 6 0
 Now you can run a performance elite fox shock without looking poor, great!
  • 10 6
 If this is the "future" of bike design, count me the f*ck out. "Integrated" usually means "you're stuck with our crap!" And BTW all those levers look atrocious.
  • 5 0
 Yes, I ditched proprietary or limited production designs when Cannondale told me to pound sand on a Headshok rebuild kit in the early 2000s. All this "integration" means to me is harder service, harder to get parts, and harder to just use. Want to adjust your shock air pressure? Add volume spacers? Check if the bolts are still tight? hassle. and you're not a professional mechanic but you'd better cut that cable EXACTLY the right length or you get to fish everything through again. It looks cool but I'll pass.
  • 1 1
 Agreed! That three lever nightmare on the left is ridiculous!! Like I want to fuck with that thing while I'm bombing down a trail...
  • 4 0
 I bet you can all fire, swap weapons, zoom in, zoom out, reload, squat, front punch, low kick, roundhouse and light up The Flaming Krieger Sword of Gaskrankenstation on a games controller instinctively. If so, you can't really complain about three levers.
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: LMAO!! True for many here I'm sure, but I have no time for that shit. I'm a grownup.
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: sure, from the safety of my couch. Not when I have flashy vision from oxygen deprivation.
  • 4 0
 Well, looks like it's finally time to upgrade my 2017 Spark RC. Congrats @SCOTT-Sports on engineering the cleanest, sexiest frame I've seen to date!
  • 4 0
 LOL!! -- Kate Courtney's teaser post on instagram yesterday for this bike said: "It’s coming… are you ready?"

The first reply from bbcopeland: No.

Smile
  • 1 0
 I still don't know what the heck to think.
  • 2 0
 Is a 55mm chain line on boost hub a good thing? Doesn't this mean the chain will be at a more extreme angle as you go up the cassette to the bigger sprockets...especially for slow poke mortals who probably spend more time in smaller gears. This doesn't seem like an odd move to me.
  • 4 2
 When I see the totally appalling customer service and the way Scott has treated a friend over issues with their previous top of the line model RC 900 SL Spark, I’d never touch this bike with a barge pole.

The bike had serious issues with the carbon frame pretty much straight from the box, which only got worse. Scott claimed it was ‘crash damage’ on a totally new bike and refused to do anything other than offering to charge for a carbon ‘repair’ before stopping replying to any correspondence.

I have a Scott HT but would never ever deal with them after what I’ve seen recently. My friend has an 11k € paperweight at this point.
  • 5 0
 Well now I want one of those! Very cool.
  • 1 0
 Same here mate, nothing else out there like it. Well, maybe a Lefty; but that's a whole nether can of worms...
  • 5 1
 I'm impressed, I think, but I worry for all the racers whose mechanic isn't Brad Copeland.
  • 8 3
 Mentions of frame weight suspiciously absent.
  • 3 0
 Vojo Mag weighted a Spark RC World Cup AXS at 10,65kg with bottle cage, seemingly similar to the previous version (according to them)
  • 9 0
 You need Germans for the actual facts.
www.mtb-news.de/news/scott-spark-2022-test

Frame weight including shock and mounting hardware 1870g in size M.
  • 1 0
 They mention it in their own presentation video. Frame weight including shock is 1870g.
  • 1 0
 Thanks guys, this is great. I have a current RC and this looks to improve on it in several ways. -Seat Tube angle is steeper, I've got really long legs and the current actual seat tube angle is a little far back at extended saddle heights. -Reach is a bit longer. -2 Bottle mounts -120mm travel is perfect when you have the twinloc to reduce it down to 80mm or lock out. I'm interested, at first I was kind of underwhelmed, but this looks to address the minor shortcomings of the current bike for my use.
  • 6 2
 Can you elaborate?

"There is also quite a nice rear axle assembly that doubles up as a multi-tool."
  • 6 0
 The “lever” on the rear axle is removable. It separates from the axle and is used as the tool. It has a 6mm(front axle) , T25 (Syncros stem bolts, seat clamp, rotor bolts etc T25 also works as a 4mm in an emergency) and T30 (suspension pivot hardware).
  • 1 0
 @Verg: That's sweet. Assumingly it will fit across most bikes, too?
  • 2 1
 My 2020 spark RC has this, too. It is quite cool.
  • 6 2
 I was expecting to see a photo of @dangerholm and his gorilla thighs standing next to the bike in jorts.
  • 2 1
 Look on his Instagram lol
  • 9 1
 Not just any jorts, jort jorts.
  • 3 0
 I'm really impressed with this one, even though I don't like integrated parts but this one might pass, frame looks really good! Well done Scott!
  • 4 0
 @scott-sports

Beautiful. I need to get one of those ASAP! It’s named after me after all.

- sincerely

Scott Sparks
  • 2 1
 i think it's cool that they have so many versions of this platform, and alloy, but an XC bike needs to pedal, especially at 120mm. Trail bikes need to be more active. It's gonna tough for it to do everything well, and i don't think it will make a great privateer XC racebike. not that you'll be able to get them in the USA anytime soon.
  • 2 0
 If they manage to pull it off this time, it'll be an absolute win! Just like GG, 2 bikes-in-1.
  • 2 0
 That’s what the fancy lockout is for. Nice, active open mode, and easily accessible lockout for firmer pedaling.
  • 1 0
 This'll sell out quick. I wish I could afford the RC model but I just bought the new Scott Addict RC which cost me a pretty penny. I am truly impressed they made this design using alloy. The process to mold the alloy in such a way has got to be tricky and most likely they had to made new molding templates to mass produce these frames.
  • 4 0
 Really good looking bike, that hidden away shock looks great.
  • 5 4
 If bikes keep gettting lighter stronger stiffer every year according to baloney sheets the bike companies produce, how come I'm not riding 15 pound bike that never flexes and could carry a ton of bricks if needed it to?
  • 5 0
 Because you haven't spent the cash on it?
  • 2 1
 This. Trail bikes have got heavier the last few years if anything. Yet every manufacturer tells you their new model is lighter and stronger than before. Me smells a lot of bullshit
  • 1 0
 @JiminOz: Because people keep abusing their light bikes, breaking them, and demanding a warranty.
  • 1 0
 @MaplePanda: plenty of people still breaking newer heavier frames too, me included.
  • 2 0
 @JiminOz: thats what I'm talking about, no one ever says "the new one weighs .25 pound heavier than last years" but bikes are heavier than ever....
  • 2 0
 @Lemmyschild: Fox just introduced a lighter 34, but that effectively killed the 32. So their lightest fork just got heavier. Most riders are running wider rims now. Sure narrow rims are lighter, but that's not what comes on bikes. Same with tires. Even the XC pros are running 2.4" wide tires. Which are heavier than 2.1" wide tires. People are riding bike that are more capable of going faster and harder and the components need to keep up with that. Lightweight flexy components are not good. Every company is beefing up their stuff to be stiffer.
  • 1 0
 @Spencermon: This. Trail bikes running 2.5kg of tyres these days. Why aren't we seeing any progress in the reduction of tyre weight?
  • 1 0
 @JiminOz: because everyone insists on running 14psi, so decent sidewalls are a requirement.
  • 2 0
 @Spencermon: got it. But seriously, have you ever seen a PR release that says the bike got heavier? In spite of that my ancient Ti rig weighs nearly 8 pounds less than my Transition Vanquish. Granted its far more capable, comfortable and fun to ride.
  • 1 0
 super cool and innovative. and for those who don't necessarily look after their shocks as much as they ought to this seems like a good idea (but then i thought the same about suspension fork covers/gaitors)
  • 4 0
 My favorite introduction of a bike ever: "There is also the Contessa."
  • 1 0
 She's dangerous...
  • 4 0
 Now if they can hide the fork, I'll be really impressed.
  • 1 1
 We spoke to Scott about the move and they were adamant that the two companies will not crossover on R&D or management, so don't expect this announcement to mean we will see a hidden shock Scott any time soon. Bold bikes will also continue to be sold directly through their website, here.

May 23rd 2019 - SCOTT
  • 1 0
 Interesting you can change the geo by flipping the headset cups. However, how can you easily flip the headset cups? Headset cups are one of the most difficult parts to remove. Unless they made the cups not pressed in.
  • 2 0
 2018 Trek: Keeps the rear shock on their new SuperCaliber XC race bike under wraps for months as riders race them & test them.
2021 Scott: Hold my beer.
  • 1 0
 I wanted to buy a Bold for a while but being in Australia made it too difficult. Now they'll be available but Scott's pricing has gone mental here in the last few years, with strange build kit decisions. Oh well.
  • 2 0
 “Since then its won several World Championships, a pile of World Cups and even Olympic golds.”

Funny, I remember seeing Nino on the podium, not his bike.
  • 2 0
 September/October sale date? You mean it will be 3 months until Levy can be matching with his best friend Nino?
  • 3 1
 Id like to hear bbcopelands view on this design after a full season of working on it.
  • 2 0
 @dangerholm will rejoice about the integration, Scott finally listend to their biggest fan. Not let him do the refinements.
  • 3 0
 So cool! Except for that Edward Scissorhands lockout thing happening.
  • 4 3
 490mm seat tube on a size large? That is really disappointing. I'm a hair under 5'11 and I would struggle to fit a 125mm dropper on this frame.
  • 1 0
 Yup same for me. My xl bike now is same as large spark seat post length. Seems really high and I’d struggle to ride an xl at 540mm.
  • 1 0
 Also the 778mm standover...18mm taller than the previous spark in the equivalent size. Long seat tube with steep STA and tall standover sounds like a recipe for annoyingly limited descending mobility.
  • 4 1
 Danger Holm just jizzed himself
  • 3 2
 Excellent solution for someone who spends shit load of cash for a bike that looks like a e-bike. I love quick acces to the damper.
  • 4 4
 SCOTT didn't even use any imagination when naming the suspension. They went with Integrated Suspension Technology......BOLD used INTERNAL Suspension Technology... Huge difference.
  • 3 0
 looks like they've hidden a battery and motor inside there
  • 2 0
 Hahaha, no everybody will be sure it´s an ebike that he/she just got overtaken by Smile
  • 2 0
 my brain makes that record stopping sound every time i see the picture. its so weird and awesome to look at.
  • 1 0
 Cool idea with the integrated shock but it makes it look a bit like an e-bike, I guess if Nino wins at Leogang we'll know why Wink
  • 2 0
 Its fun to read about all these great bikes - but just try to actually buy one. NONE AVAILABLE. Maybe see you in 2023.
  • 2 0
 Don’t love lockouts (but they can be removed).

Do love the geometry!!!!
  • 2 0
 For the first time in the last 4 years i feel like to replace my xc bike. This looks amazing.
  • 1 1
 getting weird... i'd like to know when they are available on trail, not available for sale Wink
nice design, did they buy BOLD or what? edit: just read the other comments, never mind!
  • 2 0
 How do I embed that "bravo .gif." This bike looks amazing and the numbers are solid. Well done, Scott!
  • 2 1
 The alu version also has flexible chainstays? That IS BOLD. I see that assumption is that after one or two seasons the bike goes to the ocean with the rest of trash?
  • 2 0
 Previous spark already had this feature. Never heared of problems there.
  • 3 0
 Huh, it doesn't look like a session, what do I comment now?
  • 3 0
 So we'll have to employ the cat to read the sag number....
  • 1 0
 LOVE at first sight... LOVE the hidden shock - an aero move I would say - I'm tempted to give up on 160mm of travel for one of the slack aluminium versions... XD
  • 2 0
 I'm curious about this kind of sag indicator, is it easy to read while sitting on the bike?
  • 3 0
 Yes, for Giraffes.
  • 1 0
 What other companies have used flex pivot with aluminum and been successful?

This bike is incredible and hopefully it rips!
  • 1 0
 Giant Stance
  • 1 0
 The spark has had an alloy flex stay on some models since 2017.
  • 1 0
 is no one else here startled about the _aluminium_ flex pivot?
that's certainly a first!
i can't help but wonder what the fatigue life of that is...
  • 1 0
 Been done by cannondale and giant for about a decade.
  • 1 0
 @JohanG: i had never actually seen one of those in aluminium, had no idea they made them
  • 1 0
 Don't need a sharpie to hide your non sponsored product on that thing.... Expensive way to approach a problem with an inexpensive alternative!
  • 11 8
 Looks like an E-bike.
  • 14 4
 Doublecrownaddict will be in contact with you here very shortly
  • 2 4
 I dunno, looks like a YT to me...
  • 2 1
 Yes, this is indeed something that would annoy me too.

(same with some other recent bikes -- e.g. latest Specialized Enduro)
  • 1 0
 Yup that would be my first reaction as well unfortunately. Before motor bikes became a thing I would have loved it as the coolest thing ever.
  • 4 9
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Jun 9, 2021 at 9:11) (Below Threshold)
 Being named Spark, it should be an e bike. Even more so with the Voltage. Then they give their actual e bikes silly names like Ransom and Genius.. not genius at all.
  • 3 0
 I guess if Nino wins at Leogang we'll know why
  • 5 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: neither the ransom or the genius are ebikes, those are the names of actual bikes. The “ransom eride” and “genius eride” are the names of their ebikes.

I would’ve thought that with your massive amount of free time you spend writing your “blogs” and crying on the Internet you would’ve looked that up.
  • 2 3
 @TypicalCanadian: Every one of your posts about me is a weak take or a lie.
  • 2 1
 @TypicalCanadian: don't start - just let this one die out...
  • 2 1
 @jlevandoski: ehh you’re probably right.
  • 2 3
 @jlevandoski: He's just mad cause I made him feel bad about his crappy YTrash bike, so now he just obsessively follows me around like some kind of weirdo troll wanting revenge.
  • 4 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I didn't ask for your feedback, so can it
  • 2 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I ride a Santa Cruz, sorry kid. You’re just mad that I called you out on your BS to the point that you deleted your photos and disabled the comments.

Why don’t you go back to accusing Vali Höll of being a nazi.... or thinking that the Austrian flag and coat of arms is a nazi symbol... we are all laughing at you, thanks for being the running joke of pinkbike.
  • 2 3
 @TypicalCanadian: such a desperate liar you are.
  • 2 3
 @TypicalCanadian: If you ride a Santa Cruz then why are you so obsess over me? Are you a Trump Supporter or Qanon guy?

Why are you so obsessed with me? Do you think about me every night of your life? Lmfao.

I've challenged you to come up with one sentence in the YTrash blog that isn't true, but you obviously can't do that so you just continue to make up desperate lies.
  • 3 1
 I was thinking meh until that raw aluminum version. That's one's cool.
  • 3 1
 Yes! Not for me but I appreciate they found a way to do the whole hidden shock deal in aluminum. Very cool.

But what about the cable touting up front? With a setup like this, how do you know your cables aren’t silently sawing away at your steerer tube?
  • 11 12
 Sure it looks clean, but what problems does this solve in exchange for reduced serviceability and added complexity?

At least doublecrowndick can fantasize about a battery in that chunky downtube.
  • 3 2
 Keeps your shock protected from dirt and rocks, also for the few time you have to take your shock off doesnt look like it would be that big of a pain in the ass
  • 1 1
 More unique design that is more difficult to emulate.
  • 5 2
 I guess it gets them two water bottle cages while keeping the shock low and in a vertical position. The alternative would be just to make an epic copy like every other company out there. But ya that's a mechanic nightmare especially with an internal lockout and a dropper cable being feed down and around there.
  • 2 0
 Are you kidding ? It looks cool - that is the most important thing of all.

(although TBH I think you make a good point)
  • 3 1
 Looks like a new tire from Scwhalbe too.
  • 3 0
 Let’s see the weights!
  • 1 1
 Scott says 1870g in size M with shock, of course that will be the lightest most expensive variant of the frame they do but that's 200g lighter than a Specialized Epic.
  • 1 0
 @rarerider:
Specialized S-Works Epic EVO – 1,659g
Orbea Oiz OMX – 1,740g
Scott Spark RC HMX SL (OLD) – 1,799g
Specialized S-Works Epic – 1,869g
Scott Spark RC HMX SL (NEW) – 1,870g
Cannondale Scalpel Hi-Mod – 1,910g
Trek Supercaliber – 1,933g
Santa Cruz Blur 4 – 1,933g
Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29 – 1,983g
Canyon Lux CF SLX – 1,922g
Merida Ninety-Six RC – 2,064g
  • 1 0
 @rarerider: those weights are according to the flow mtb site
  • 4 6
 Pretty wild idea and a good looking frame... But 540mm ST on an XL? 800mm+ standover? I thought we were done with 100mm dropper posts. Its a thoroughbred XC bike. The 900 version shouldn't exist. Its too tall to be a proper downcountry bike.
  • 5 1
 This is why I came to the comments. The geo looks bang on for me, except I need a 490mm ST max. 540 will limit me to about 150mm dropper which at 6'2" isn't great. I'm normally complaining that the STs are too short and leave too much post sticking out and a cramped front triangle. Odd to complain about this.
  • 3 3
 Ride the proper size and you won't have to worry about standover.
  • 2 0
 imagine when it is time to put volume spacers in...
  • 2 0
 Lemme know when they hide an idler in there
  • 2 0
 Yay! Now I can get a linkage driven single pivot hard tail
  • 2 0
 This looks VERY expensive... but also looks amazing
  • 1 0
 2450 (US) clams will get you into the 970.
Certanly not the cheapest ride out there, but not too crazy for what you get.
  • 3 1
 YT CAPRA video, and a Bold Bike.. WTF Scott..??
  • 1 3
 A lot of things to love or hate with this bike. Personally, the thing I hate the most is making the stem shaped like a scoop to funnel water and dirt directly into the headset bearings and possibly down the down tube to the BB bearings and shock pivots. Maybe that's just me though, maybe most people like their bearings and down tube full of mud.
  • 2 0
 I fucking love it. That is all.
  • 2 0
 Re-release of Schwalbe Wicked Will I guess
  • 2 0
 I hope they leave a raw alloy one with stencil graphics.
  • 1 0
 Nice, expected but really nice.
Are the long travel bikes comming in this design?
  • 2 0
 *Dangerholm has entered the chat*
  • 2 4
 Well, even if Scott bought the major part of Bold in 2019, thats a massive ctrl+C ctrl+V. I mean, they did not even care in changing the design, for me it looks like a Bold with the Scott logo...

I'm not saying that what they've done is not okay or fair, but I think everyone expects more from a big company like Scott. Buying small companies and taking profit of their designs and technology is a really miserable way of developing a new bicycle. Is this the way to follow over the next few years? I really hope it's not!
  • 1 0
 I'd take another look at the Bold frames. They have a lot more curves and very different lines and tube junctions, especially the downtube of the bold being curved vs the straight downtube of the Scott. The general proportions are the same though since the shock layout is identical. Can't change that too much but they do look quite different.
  • 2 0
 It's nice to see something a bit different.
  • 1 0
 What happens when you run the brakes the correct way round and don’t have the axs version
  • 2 0
 Dangerholm has one ready to strip.
  • 1 0
 Because when I pass someone on a climb, I want it to look like I'm riding an e-bike.
  • 2 0
 I want one without the integrated bar/stem nonsense.
  • 1 0
 They make stems that allow that check out Brendogs and Scotty Laughlands bikes.
  • 3 1
 Lol there’s a shock where the seatpost should be m.
  • 1 0
 I hope they launch some trail bikes soon. It seems like it's been a long time....
  • 1 2
 great but its still a scott? lol.
Give us a good trail and enduro bike that people will actually want to be seen on, slacker, steeper, a proper suspension setup and NO TWINLOCK.
at least the DH and XC bike is good
  • 1 0
 Lockouts are cool but lets make them wireless.
  • 2 1
 Not enough dropper post insertion. I want to run my 175mm post on the large.
  • 2 0
 I can't wait to see and hear my lbs mechanic working on one of these.
  • 1 0
 Next version integrates a water bottle along with the shock in the seat tube
  • 1 0
 The Dangerholm Effect? (sorry i was way late to the game, pls see "giz" comment above instead)
  • 1 0
 Missed opportunity to have the pictures go bar, bar, blacksheep. Blacksheep being that ugly mess of levers.
  • 1 0
 The previous Spark was so good, I honestly didn't know how they would improve on it. But... wow.
  • 2 0
 Just needs a Pinion GB now to complete the smooth integrated look.
  • 1 0
 2 bottle mounts isn’t a selling for a XCO race bike built to be lightweight and compete in races with feed stations...
  • 1 0
 Except that 99% of the riding done on this bike won’t be in XCO races—it’ll be in training rides, marathon races, etc, where it comes in super handy to have two bottles. I fully recognize that the 1x bottle cage on the previous Spark is perfect for XCO races, but as someone who does tons of 3-4 h rides, it’s a dealbreaker for me.

From looking at Kate Courtney’s instagram though, it looks like the size S still only has one mount :-/
  • 1 1
 Will they offer one without the handle bar designed to give non-pro athletes herniated backs? I want to be fast, but I also don’t want to ride a drop bar mountain bike.
  • 1 0
 Even on the Small, the stack is over 600 mm, which compares to like 520 on a similarly-sized drop bar bike. It’s not actually as low as it looks, and you can add headset spacers. Honestly, it’s harder to get the front end low enough for racing.
  • 1 0
 Oh Scott. So many things done right, yet those few things wrong just kills it for me.
  • 1 0
 Well done, beautiful. Now if they could use the same idea with all those levers in the cockpit.
  • 1 0
 Loooovvveeee the look. The thic down tube makes it look amazing and bad @$$ looks so heavy-duty! Daaannnmmm boi hee thiccc
  • 1 0
 Looks like a really fancy 2016 Hei Hei with a slightly shorter chainstay. What a slayer.
  • 3 1
 Clean. 65.8 HT, nice...
  • 2 1
 sooper nice look in raw aluminium
  • 1 1
 It’s interesting but I want to see a rate graph. Regardless of travel, that link is very small.
  • 1 0
 The real question is, How many water bottles can it hold
  • 3 6
 I'm curious how this will do with consumers. I'd guess the visible shock has become one of the key places people look to judge the $ value and and rad/ride value of a bike. Is it Fox or not? Is it fancy Euro or not? Coil or not? Piggyback reservoir or not? DH-shock-on-a-trail-bike or not? I think there's a reason air cans that don't really have any sliding surfaces still get eye-catching coatings. So will a bike with a hidden shock actually look less valuable than an equivalent bike with a visible shock to riders who are into 'reading' their own and other riders' gear?
  • 15 0
 IMO I see a full suspension with a hidden shock and my first thought is "that's super fancy I bet its expensive"
  • 2 0
 Fair point!
  • 1 1
 This looks rad. Keeps shock completely isolated from the dirt and grime. Basically, swat storage for shock.
  • 1 2
 First thought is what geometry and suspension performance imperatives may have been compromised in order to position the shock inside the frame? Only a ride will tell.
  • 2 1
 Plenty of room to hide a motor...
  • 1 1
 So... it's a whole process to change your shock pressure and limits options for rear shocks? Am I missing something?
  • 1 0
 Can't wait for the next Gambler iteration with a hidden shock!
  • 2 1
 Not compatible with Neuralink. Disappointed. Try again Scott.
  • 2 1
 Yo dawg, I heard you liked cables
  • 2 0
 weight: under 17lbs!!!
  • 1 4
 The picture of Kate Courtney is bizarre. I don't think it conveys what is happening.

Setting up for a turn?

She is looking right but front wheel is perfectly straight, bike is not leaned at all. She is in the easiest gear and looks to be hanging off the left side with her weight slightly back.

Is it an optical illusion?
  • 1 0
 ANY picture of KC is an optical illusion. Congratulations, You've figured it out!
  • 1 0
 Taking a high line on a downhill turn.
  • 1 0
 @JohanG: In first gear though?
  • 1 1
 You know what this bike reminds me of? When I get that wedding tackle shaved after a long hiatus. So smooth!
  • 1 0
 Having only looked at the pictures - I must ask... where's the shock?
  • 1 0
 Edit - apparently I didn't look at all the pictures.
  • 1 0
 I have no intention of riding xc but I want one
  • 2 1
 Now that’s a bold cigar
  • 1 0
 Looks like an e-bike of sorts.
  • 1 0
 Does this mean the end of Bold cycles ?
  • 1 0
 How do they get the flex pivot to work on the alloy bike?
  • 1 1
 Remove twin lock and nock another couple hundred off the alloy version and I am in.
  • 1 0
 I kind like it. A lot. Especially that blue frame.
  • 1 1
 I wonder about the lateral stiffness, with seat stays so low on the seat tube.
  • 1 0
 @SCOTT-Sports can it run a 140 fork for all the trail biking? Sweet bike!
  • 1 0
 The weight and price is up. The pro version $6500 usd for 11.2 kg?
  • 1 1
 I don"t have a TV for.... 20 years... or such.

This bike looks like a remote control without screen.

Well done.
  • 1 0
 such a clean look one of the best looking bikes ever
  • 1 0
 How are you supposed to show off the Kashima now?!
  • 2 0
 Looks like an e-bike.
  • 1 0
 Like. Actually a very good design for shitty British weather.
  • 1 0
 New E genius is going to be a hell of a bike!
  • 1 0
 The lighthest e-bike ever! Wink
  • 1 0
 Imagine servicing that shock!
  • 2 2
 Bold move Scott. Bold indeed.
  • 3 3
 More bolts than DJ Khaled Remixes... ANOTHER ONE!!!
  • 3 3
 Looks like a blast to work on /s
  • 4 4
 Bike mechanics look away...
  • 1 1
 Dude soo true , spark damper ( with lockout) and suspension service is terrible , and the little pool under the damper is always full of dirt...and this will be even worst.
  • 1 0
 @xKROOGAAZZx: not really, it's completely covered. I could see it getting pretty wet in there if you're fording a creek or riding in super muddy conditions, but there is a solid wall between the compartment and the rear tire so no spray from the rear will get in. Maybe some dust might get in too, but dirt and mud has a hard time sneaking through openings that small.
  • 2 0
 @imnotdanny: probably , I'm not judge the design, only seaying that from my experience as a bike mechanic, working with spark suspension is a mess, thats all. Some design ideas form current spark vesrsion are wierd but it's only my perspective.
  • 2 3
 I guess this is a great idea if you pay someone else to work on your bike for you.
  • 2 4
 So can you not use an AXS dropper with twin-loc? That 3 cable thing is neat, but what will happen to the RS/Sram athletes? A bit of a integration fail there.
  • 5 0
 check the pic of Kate C in the article - she's riding an AXS dropper and seems to have a "normal" twin-loc remote
  • 6 0
 Someone else can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Courtney uses a small button integrated into her grip for the AXS dropper.
  • 1 0
 they have done some pretty tricky stuff before using stuff from axs road if I recall.
  • 1 0
 I think the twin-loc without the dropper lever and something like the Zirbel twister and Sram blip box would be a nice clean solution, or buttons integrated into the grip and a blip box would be pretty clean. I'm sure they will have a nice clean solution for AXS equipped builds from the get go. I really can't say I am a fan of using something like twin-loc, but I will say that this iteration looks as good as it can given the design constraints. All three paddles look ergonomic to use and with a little extra heat shrink tubing or electrical tape the cables could be tidied up nice and close to the barrel adjusters.
  • 4 0
 Right, actually you can see the BLIP box on Kate's bar. Same on Ninos bike (on Insta).

Unfortunately, Scott does not sell this to customers, would have been a nice option for the high-end model
  • 1 0
 I'm sure there are work arounds if you have the budget of a WC team, or are willing to bodge something yourself. Just seemed a bit crap that the top of the line blingy AXS bike doesn't actually get the AXS dropper - actually looking at the website, seems to be AXS gears with everything else Fox/shimano... even odder.
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 Oh no! What will the sram/Scott sponsored athletes ever do?!?! I guess they’ll just quit the . Too bad, they seemed like pretty ok riders.
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 @andreas2634: If you buy the most expensive model, 700€ extra for an AXS dropper isn't that much.
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 @martinaasa: right, but I'd still need the BLIP box + blip shifter + all the frickeling to get it in place. Would have been nice to have it ready to go. The AXS remote will not fit next to the twin-loc

Just saying that IMO Scott missed a point here by not offering a fully integrated solution for AXS and the AXS remote, maybe even cleaner than the stuff we see on their pro bikes...
  • 1 1
 This new spark is a shocking development.
  • 2 1
 Great Scott
  • 2 2
 This looks like.... a hardtail?
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 Interesting design choice. Didn't see this one coming...
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 that seems like an overly complicated way to hide your non-cashima shock
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 Very cool but pushing the wrong direction in the crusade to rid the world of remote lockouts
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 Next model will be all wireless, except for brakes of course.
  • 1 1
 Levers look like a Formula1 steering wheel.
  • 2 1
 No thank you
  • 1 1
 What no Mullets? Surely not!!
  • 1 0
 "entry level"
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 Ah, so we went from 3 rings to 1 and 1 lever to 3. Sometimes less is more but there is no time which more is less.
  • 1 1
 The bane of all bike mechs has arrived.
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 I know it is an XC bike but 540 mm XL seattube means I can forget about a decent sized dropper (short legs). Why?
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 Because it's an XC-bike. Shorter seattube means longer and heavier dropper. 100mm of drop is more than enough for XC.
  • 3 1
 @martinaasa: the non-rc is a trail bike, they sure could have gone lower without restriction
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 Because the shock is inside the seat tube and thus limiting the insertion of the post, would be my guess. Look at the shot of the transparent frame showing where shock and seat post are:
www.bike-magazin.de/mtb_news/mtb_neuheiten/scott-spark-neu-2022
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 So sexy!
  • 1 1
 Looks like a….. lot of levers
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 Bar
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 All that and no in-frame storage?
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 Bloody beautiful.
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 Looks like a bold
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 Two bottle cage mounts!
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 Anxious to try them Wink
  • 1 1
 Well, looks like Scott hates bike shops.
  • 1 1
 I bet it's real easy to set the sag!
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 Cant wait to jam a coil shock in there
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 Needs more levers
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 nope
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 This whole 'water bottle' thing is getting out of hand.
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 That picture with the girl I'm 99.99999999% sure that's a stagnant still shot.
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 It's gonna be a load of crap it's got shimano brakes!!
  • 3 4
 ugly bike and the shock thing is ridiculous as well as the cockpit. Really hate xc
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 LOL. I'm not sure I hate XC but as a discipline in the modern mtb world, it seems to relate to nothing that average riders do. 25 years ago when most of us had hardtails and short travel forks we were mostly riding "XC" bikes. But now XC is more or less like cyclocross: another sport for the hardcore/road/beast mode crowd. It isn't something that most riders relate to, even people that like to ride fast.
  • 1 0
 only 5 cables?
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 *dislike button*
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 Looks like an E-Bike.
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 Quite beautiful but thoroughly impractical, it'll sell well!!
  • 7 2
 Not impractical, it can hide an electric motor Big Grin Big Grin
  • 3 3
 Wow Scott, very bold
  • 4 4
 Where is the motor?
  • 1 1
 Nice price?
  • 1 2
 New Wicked Will on that Bold? Em Scott...
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 Bold design? Nah, the thicc downtube just makes it look like an E-bike
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 1 please
  • 1 4
 Like others have said, no weights mentioned. I was hoping for a more incremental improvements. It looks like all they did was bury the shock.
  • 1 3
 geometry looks like my china frame carbonda fm936
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