Bike Check: Kate Courtney's Scott Scale - Sea Otter 2019

Apr 12, 2019
by Richard Cunningham  



SRAM AXS Eagle wireless shifting.

Remote fork lockout where most would run their dropper remote.
Quarq power meter and a conservative, 32-tooth chainring.

Syncros Fraser integrated bar and stem.
Riding for the home team: Ritchey pedals.



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79 Comments

  • + 28
 Did you only have two minutes to do this Article? Worst bike check I’ve seen! Thank you for the 4 pictures. So informative.
  • + 9
 lol. I got to the end and was like "uh wut?"
  • + 1
 Easy there. I'm sure the media folks are pinned at Sea Otter and just trying to get some info out. The pb team are likely sleeping a handful of hours between them a night. Take it easy when judging the content maybe.

If this is too quick and light on info for you there is this bike check which fills in most of the blanks. Its essentially the same kit out... just transfer the details to the race hard tail.

www.pinkbike.com/news/bike-check-kate-courtneys-scott-contessa-spark-rc.html
  • + 2
 @banffowen: you right you right. Those guys work hard providing reviews and checks like this. Kate is just my #1 girl fan and I wanna know more. Lol.
  • + 16
 Probably tucked in with the AXS shifter, but how does the dropper get actuated?
  • + 27
 eTap blip under the grip
  • + 5
 There's an integrated button in the left grip.
  • + 1
 That’s what I was wondering too
  • + 13
 I don't care about the wireless shifting, but I want a wireless dropper with a button in the grip!! That would be awesome
  • + 8
 @danielsapp: That is just badass, so much want
  • + 1
 If you look at the photo of the left grip you can see some kind of a nub sticking out on the front of it.
  • + 2
 @danielsapp: what! that's legitimately so sick. I would love that. Article skimmed that and might be the standout bit on this bike.

Having a set up like this would make a Ransom (or any other bike with a remote lockout) actually appealing. I've been always against it due to too many cables and not an ideal place to have it on the bars. But this would be sweet!
  • + 1
 It's the new AXXS version, it can tell when it needs to drop.
  • + 1
 @dtimms: please refer to @badbrew 's post...it is not a button, it is a blip.
  • - 1
 But this is no longer "wireless". The blip switch is attached to a wire, wire is attached to the transmitter, which is zip tied to the bar closer to the stem.

Kinda defeats the whole "wireless" aspect of AXS
  • + 13
 Amazing bike. I was hoping for the weight. Come on Rockshocks we need electric lockout, that cockpit has 1 too many cables.
  • + 3
 I'm guessing 17lbs?
  • - 5
flag COnovicerider (Apr 12, 2019 at 10:05) (Below Threshold)
 Rockshox
  • + 2
 I borrowed a RC900SL for about a 2hr demo. I don't know what it weighed, but it was soooo light, it was a bit unnerving...like it needed more weight to make it stable. Not flexy...more like: twitchy. It was a featherweight for sure.
  • + 1
 @clink83: I would be surprised if it's below 19.
  • + 2
 @nozes: maby? My 2013 scale 900 is 22lbs with arch EX rims and protection tires...i think the scale lost about a lb of frame weight since then so 19lbs seems reasonable.
  • + 2
 *size XL
  • + 0
 @nozes: Yep, with the dropper post (almost one pound extra weight), the electronics (heavier than cables), twelve speed cassette, quarq power meter ... I would be surprised if it is below 21 pounds.
  • + 2
 @duzzi: her spark is 21 and change so that's probably high.
  • + 3
 @smartyiak: Doesn't need more weight, just doesn't need road bike geo.
  • + 3
 @jclnv: the spark has a hormonal 69 degree head tube, a far cry from road bike geometry. My spark has a real world HTA of 68*
  • + 1
 *nominal lol
  • + 3
 * scale. My brain is toast.
  • + 11
 To get a gauge of how fit the female world champion is, i saw her strava she did 100 miles 5 days in a row averaging 4-5k feet of climbing a day at 18-19 mph each day. That's some serious speed
  • + 1
 Was that on the roadie?
  • + 7
 @chriskneeland: I don't know if anyone in the world could average 19mph for 100 miles 5 days in a row on a mountain bike. That would be insanity.
  • + 8
 Howard Grotts visited my town for a few days awhile back. He did a big ride, including repeats on a local fireroad climb, and on a 8 minute climb put a full minute into the most fit local guy who's ever come from our area (local guy's really fit - got second or third in the Dirty Kanza). Grotts did it in 7:04, 7:04, 7:05 when our fast local dude's fastest was 7:57.

The elites are on a whole different level.
  • + 2
 @gumbytex: i'd like to meet this so-called, "local guy"
  • + 10
 @JCHILLTOPPERS:
Randy.

It's Randy.
  • + 10
 So who's responsible for the mechanical yesterday? Her tech? Her technique? Or did someone bump her rear der into her spokes on that climb?
  • + 38
 Russian hackers
  • + 10
 Shit happens. Not every mechanical needs a crucifixion.
  • + 1
 @heinous: this should be a sticker in every bike shop around the f*cking world
  • + 1
 @carlmontnative: too long a race mechanic. The whole part of early season races (esp with new sponsors and new SRAM anything) is to figure out how stuff fails and adapt.
  • + 1
 Did her chain fall off the chainring or did her derailleur skip a shift?
  • + 1
 @srsiri23w: on FB it sounds like they had an adjustment out of spec...probably a limit screw?
  • + 1
 *IG
  • + 2
 @clink83: extremely unlikely. More likely the hanger was bent in the race, throwing out limit. Stress testing the inner limit is race prep 101.
  • + 1
 @heinous: She said on her Instagram that they had an out of spec adjustment...im pretty sure her and her long time mechanic know what's up.
  • + 4
 Now that’s what I’d want for a gravel grinder course like Sea Otter!
That thing has to be a straight rocket.
  • + 4
 Not going to rush out and buy a hard tail or an xc bike but that’s a pure functional purpose built beauty of a bike
  • + 5
 It's Sea Otter. She could win the enduro on it too.
  • + 1
 Possibly, but I'd like to see how those seat stays would hold up after the step down gap on the first stage. That feature brought 3 ambulances to the race by the end of practice yesterday.
  • + 0
 I cannot tell you how much i love everything carbon. Especially a carbon frame, handle bar, crank, stem fork crown, pedal spindle, spokes, grip, saddle and even a carbon water bottle.. But most of all.....and i mean most of all.....is a bloody good upside down stem
..i f**king love those I really do.
  • + 1
 Good, I was bracing for impact on that. Titanium LD stems all day for me. The only carbon I have is the face plate bolts on my Karpiel Apocalypse.
  • + 4
 Hope Kate won't quit racing because of her carbon footprint Wink
  • - 6
flag WAKIdesigns (Apr 12, 2019 at 11:57) (Below Threshold)
 Suicide in front of a morgue is the best way to minimize carbon footprint. Giving birth to 3 children to raise them as disciples of union with nature and executors of moral supremacy on the other hand...
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Can someone ban this "WAKIdesigns" retard?
  • - 1
 @Brooksmith: what is untrue with committing suicide in front of the morgue being the greenest option available and having kids the worst thing you can do to the environment? And the R-word, I may need to report you
  • + 3
 @Brooksmith: can we ban your sense of humor first? Oh wait....
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: not if they incinerate your body
  • + 2
 Man that thing looks ready to rock! Love it when a bike looks fast standing still. Plus kitted out in all the latest and greatest. Love it!
  • + 3
 KC and the sunshine band!!!
  • + 1
 come on, look how exact the placement is for the stem and rim of each wheel. Was that necessary, and if so, why is there not a paragraph on it?
  • + 2
 Whats the one70 technology on the tire sidewall? Xt high tpi or...?
  • + 1
 Oh damnit missed the comments above asking the same thing... downvote me plz
  • + 2
 What does the one70 on the Tires stand for???
  • + 3
 It's the new one70 wheel size that hasn't been announced yet.
  • + 3
 TPI (threads per inch). It's Maxxis Pro only tires. The best us mortals get is 120 TPI.
  • + 0
 @PapaStone: 70 TPI is worse than 120 TPI... Higher number is better!
  • + 5
 @PapaStone: OK, now I get it One70 = 170 TPI... Sorry...
  • + 1
 Need more details. Weight? Size? Tire and suspension setup???
  • + 0
 All dat efficient powaaa transfer with a hardtail xc bicycle! Just looks ready to shred
  • + 1
 Looks like the new reverb topcup only match the colour of new pike
  • + 1
 Rocket!
  • + 1
 80mm RockShox SID
  • + 0
 Down country!
  • + 1
 This bike is 100% upcountry
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