Nino Schurter is fast, though that is a bit like saying water is wet and breathing air is good for you. These things are self evident. And, if watching Schurter grind opponents down, lap after lap, didn't somehow convey the man's ability to put down the hammer, there is that gold medal he picked up at the Olympics in Rio the other day, as well as the silver medal he got in the London and the bronze he picked up in Beijing. And then there's the World Championship he won this year, which he also won in 2015 and 2013 and 2012 and 2010. Plus there are those four Overall World Cup titles.... We could keep going on and on like this--the Swiss rider has been a beast for years now--but this is supposed to be a bike check, so let's just all nod and agree: Yes, Nino is fast as hell.
And so is Schurter's Scott Spark 900. According to his own website, Nino's 100-millimeter travel 29er weighs in at 9.4 kilograms (20.7 pounds), which makes it, scientifically speaking, ridiculously light. In fact, Schurter's 29er dualie weighs just 1.3 kilos (2.8 pounds) more than the 27.5 Scott Scale 700 that used to be his main ride. Impressive. Here's what's hanging on the full-carbon machine...
Schurter's Spark 900 is outfitted with DT Swiss' new R414 rear shock. The high-volume shock is designed to work on longer-travel bikes (insert the "E" word if you are so inclined), but clearly gets on just fine bikes of a less radical nature. The R414 features new damping circuitry and increased oil volume over past DT Swiss units. It also comes in Metric and, yes, that looks like the trunnion mount version.
Up front, Schurter is running the latest DT Swiss OPM O.D.L. Race suspension fork. Nino's fork reportedly weighs in at 1485 grams (3.27 pounds) and features both a carbon crown and steerer.
/ @irmokeizer / @vernonfelton